Adrian Edmondson was a teenager when punk arrived. The songs of The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam and The Stranglers were the soundtrack to his life through the late 70’s and early 80’s, and like a lot of people of his generation he was fond of playing these songs to himself at home on his acoustic guitar.
Cut forward to 2007: after a rather boozy pre-Christmas lunch in Soho, Adrian stumbled along Denmark Street, home of many alluring musical instrument shops, and whilst slightly inebriated, ‘accidentally’ bought a mandolin. Surprised to see it sitting there on his kitchen table the following morning he nevertheless picked it up, worked out a few chords, and started playing the same songs with a mandolin accompaniment – it sounded really interesting.
Adrian was touring with the Bonzos at the time and he took his mandolin along, and with Neil Innes on acoustic guitar, they had a go at London Calling in the dressing room. It sounded good, but Neil said ‘What you need are some shit-hot folk musicians.’
Adrian had seen Troy Donockley playing and had fallen in love with the sound of his Uillean pipes. He scratched around and got hold of Troy’s number. It seemed a bit bold, but after a couple of days of being worried how Troy might react Adrian gave him a ring. ‘Hi, this is Ade Edmondson, I’ve got this idea for playing punk songs on folk instruments...’ Slight pause. ‘That’s a brilliant idea, I’m in,’ said Troy. They talked for over an hour.
They agreed to meet for a couple of days to mess about with the idea. If it didn’t work they could just walk away. But within the first hour they knew they were onto something. In the two days they drank numerous beers, ate 2 curries and arranged 8 songs - and the band was born. The band has been through a few line up changes as Adrian and Troy sought the exact sound they were after, but Andy Dinan was a real find, and the three of them now form the core of the band with occassional guest musicians.
After a short tour in 2008 they made an album,‘Yan Tyan Tethera Methera!’ which was released in April 2009. This was supported by extensive touring of the UK in both 2009 and 2010, including a headlining festival appearance.
October 2010 saw the release of their second album ‘By Hook Or By Crook’, which was again support by a tour of the UK, drawing in some great crowds to share their work with.