About

Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards

"The boys have an extraordinary feel for playing Irish music and I can honestly say I have never heard a non-Irish band sound so authentically Irish."

a great bunch of lads

a story of passion, friendship and dedication

Folk/Rock music, spiced up with Irish Trad! Based in the north of Italy (weird, innit?) and made up of lads who, in one way or another, lived or spent too much time in Ireland!

Too rock for the Folkies and too folk for the Rockies, the Bastards could please or disappoint almost everyone. Formed back in 2007, they play a unique blend of folk/rock and Traditional Irish Music. Uilleann pipes, tenor banjo, mandolin, Irish flute: there are few others bands in the folk/rock scene that could compete with the Bastards in terms of deep knowledge of Irish Traditional Music and Irish culture and society.

As written in a review of the first 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 rock scene.

 

Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards has been the first Italian band ever playing at Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio (USA), the most important Irish music festival in the United States, together with the biggest touring acts of the moment (WeBanjo3, Altan, Aoife Scott, The East Pointers, Socks in the Frying Pan and more…).

In the last few years only, the band has toured internationally and played more than 400 gigs worldwide, including Rock the Ring and Toggenburg Irish Festival (Switzerland), Aymon Folk Festival (France), Sjock Festival (Belgium), Celtica and Bustofolk in Italy, Oranjerock and Elfia in Netherlands, Paddy Wagon Festival (Germany) and many others huge international events.

Consequently has shared the stage for three times with the worldwide famous celtic-punk band Dropkick Murphys (USA), toured Italy with legendary Flogging Molly (USA), then played with rock bands such as Kensington (NET), Volbeat (DEN) or Frank Turner (UK) but also with traditional acts like The Dubliners (IRE), De Danann (IRE), Four Men and A Dog (IRE), Paul McKenna Band (SCO), Beoga (IRE), Cùig (IRE) and more.

 

The new album “The Men Beyond The Glass” has been released worldwide on April 24th, 2020; expect the boundaries of so called Celtic Rock to be overstepped, giving way to new sounds and a unique way of mixing Irish Trad and Rock/Folk music. 50 minutes of brand new original music condensed in 12 tracks that subvert the expected drinking song clichés. You are invited to listen to 12 stories that, like never before, take you to a different, intimate dimension. Behind the artist, past the drinker, you are now allowed to the underlying reality of victories and failures, the wonder of life despite its challenges, the resolution it takes to get older without getting any wiser. Twelve stories that welcome you to meet the men beyond the glass…