Rebel-folk heroes The Men They Couldn’t Hang are hoping the coronavirus-induced lockdown which is crippling the live music industry will ease over the next six months.

Cush and Swill of The Men They Couldn’t Hang performing at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool in 2016. Pic: Gary Welford.

The six-piece are planning to play half a dozen live winter dates around the UK, starting in Derby on 13 November and ending in London on 12 December.

Forming in London in 1984, they quickly became one of the leading lights of the burgeoning folk-punk scene, alongside The Pogues.

After making five studio albums, TMTCH split up in 1991 after releasing the live record Alive, Alive-O, but reconvened five years later, and have been a going concern ever since.

They’ve released five more studio records, two albums’ worth of demos and rarities, and a couple of live sets. Most are available at TMTCH’s Bandcamp page here.

The Men They Couldn’t Hang at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool in 2016. Pic: Gary Welford.

The band’s current line-up consists of original members Stefan Cush (vocals, guitar), Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers (vocals, guitar), and Paul Simmonds (mandolin, bazouki), long-time bassist Ricky McGuire, and more recent additions Tom Spencer (guitar, banjo) and Billy Abbott (drums).

Their most recent release was Cock-A-Hoop, which came out to critical acclaim in 2018, while last year their renaissance was recognised when they were voted as Best Live Band in folk website folking.com‘s annual awards.

The Men They Couldn’t Hang will return to the Tyne Bank Brewery & Tap Room in Newcastle, where they played last year. Pic: Gary Welford.

Coronavirus restrictions permitting, The Men They Couldn’t Hang’s winter dates are as follows:

13 November – The Hairy Dog, Derby,

14 November – Concorde 2, Brighton

19 November – Gorilla, Manchester

20 November – Oran Mor, Glasgow

21 November – Tyne Bank Brewery & Tap Room, Newcastle

12 December – Subteranea, London

Gary Welford
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