2017 will be The Men They Couldn’t Hang’s 33rd anniversary!
That’s a long time since ‘Green Fields of France’, their epic debut recording, went to number 1 in the Independent Music Chart. It’s also 33 years since the Miner’s strike; encapsulated so poignantly in the band’s elegy ‘Shirt of Blue’ – a song the band still play today, its meaning always subtly shifting with the times…
Since those two inaugural events occurred, the band have rambled and roamed the high roads, low roads, dusty roads and dead end roads of the Globe; from far flung to near, bringing the news, the blues and the stories of the day from the back of their trusty and battered old van.
With the exception of a long list of drummers, the line-up has remained the same since 1986 – Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers, Stefan Cush, Paul Simmonds and Ricky McGuire. With the addition of Tom Spencer on banjo/guitar and original drummer (Swill’s brother) Jon Odgers back on drums, the current TMTCH is complete.
This year the band intends to release a new studio album, funded by fans through the Pledge Music website. The campaign starts this February. Join TMTCH on the next part of their journey to Lord knows where…