Uncle Bard & the Dirty Bastards
Products used: Clayton Custom Acetal 0.50mm picks for tenor banjo and acoustic guitar.
“After years and years of struggle, searching for a bright and sharp tone with the banjo, I finally discovered the Clayton acetal pick 0.50 and I fell in love with it! Flexible and perfect for triplets, but bright and undestructible.” – Lorenzo Testa, tenor banjo
During the last two decades, a lot of people left Italy to search for a new life in Ireland, a sort of promised land due to high salaries and good opportunities. During those years a good bunch of friends and long-time musicians started collecting money and traveling once a month to Ireland, to meet old friends living there and spending the weekends rambling around and enjoying Irish music, culture and people. They soon fell in love with Irish music and started learning it.
When they put up a band in 2007 they had no expections or plans. But things worked out and in a few years the Dirty Bastards, together with the charismatic Uncle Bard on bass guitar, played almost everywhere in Europe: huge rock venues, massive celtic and rock festivals but also cosy pubs, mountain huts and more. They shared the stage with the worldwide famous celtic-punk band Dropkick Murphys (USA), then played with international traditional artists like De Danann (IRE), Four Men and A Dog (IRE), Beoga (IRE) but also rock acts such as Volbeat (DEN) or Jamie Clarke’s Perfect (ex-Pogues, UK). On 2012 the Bastards started a busking tour through Ireland, Wales and England joining local musicians, singing old-time stories at the corner of the streets and coming back home astonished for the unbelievable audience’s response. When Luca Crespi (Uilleann Pipes, tin whistle, Irish flute), founder of Inis Fail and one of the most known and respected musician in Irish Traditional Music, joined the band, the Dirty Bastards made a further step forward, expanding the repertoire and recording “Up the Bastards” EP in 2013 and then the full-length album “Get The Folk Out!” (2014).