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Oddly effective

This could easily have been just a gimmick, but the idea of setting (predominantly) punk songs to folk arrangements surprisingly works - partly because the arrangements are very pared-down and un-flashy (and surely folk was always the equivalent of punk before it became dominated by virtuosity and fancy playing); also partly because it removes the anger of the originals and finds that what's left in the lyrics is a directionless melancholy which you wouldn't have noticed before but which is just as powerful.

Definitely worth giving it a try. I'm glad I came across it.

Another awesome offering

Folk versions of punk songs?! I know, sounds an odd concept. Ade Edmondson and his band are quite some thing to behold. I think to appreciate them at their best you have to see them live where Ade works the crowd as only he can and you can see the incredible physical effort that goes into playing the instruments used to deliver such a great sound.
For me, hearing the old punk songs in this way is quite a delight, for one thing actually being able to hear the lyrics to the tunes you thought you understood 30 years ago !


I am gutted to have only just discovered this band. I so wish I'd known abut them when they came out, I bet they would have been fantastic live.

Utterly brilliant!

Come on guys do some more albums !

By Hook or By Crook, The Bad Shepherds
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