The first and main Irish Folk/Rock band from Italy! Formed back in 2007, the Dirty Bastards play folk rock spiced up with pure Traditional Irish Music. Uilleann pipes, tenor banjo, mandolin and Irish flute: there are few others bands in the rock scene that could compete with the Bastards in terms of deep knowledge of pure Irish Traditional Music and Irish culture and society.
As written in a review of the latest album, “Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards don’t pretend to be Irish. […] They are showing “huge gratitude and all the due respect to Irish music and culture”. They are really Ireland’s adopted sons and have brought a new breeze to the European Celtic punk/rock scene.”
During the last three years, supporting the release of “Get The Folk Out!” and then “Handmade”, the band has played more than 250 gigs all over Europe, including successful shows at Shamrock Castle Festival in Germany, OranjeRock in The Netherlands, Celtica and Bustofolk in Italy, Aymon Folk Festival in France, and many others huge events. The band also shared the stage many times with worldwide famous celtic-punk band Dropkick Murphys (USA), Flogging Molly (USA), Fiddler’s Green (GER) for the itinerant FolkFest 2016 through The Netherlands, Kensington (NET), Volbeat (DEN) and Frank Turner (UK) but also with traditional acts like De Danann (IRE), Four Men and A Dog (IRE), Beoga (IRE), The Dubliners (IRE).
The new album “Handmade!” has been released on February 9th, 2017. More than one hour for 16 songs, “Handmade” is a picture of what we are. There is room for a pint and a laugh but also for uncertainty and troubles because life hands you both things.
When doing this record we realised that we were handmaking it. Day by day it was a labour of love, putting our lives in and personally taking care of every aspect: lyrics, music, arrangements but also photos, video, concept and even recording. We don’t have producers, record labels, arrangers, a lyricist or someone else behind us; this is handcrafted stuff done in an old-fashioned way by a bunch of friends. Hope you’ll appreciate the genuineness of it and feel the passion we put into it.