Bad Dad Orchestra return to the stage

BACK IN ACTION: The Bad Dad Orchestra will play Club 54 on Friday evening. Picture: Maayane Bouhnik.
BACK IN ACTION: The Bad Dad Orchestra will play Club 54 on Friday evening. Picture: Maayane Bouhnik.

The Bad Dad Orchestra will make an emotional return to the Launceston stage on Friday night as they play Club 54. 

The show will be the band’s first in the North since the passing of guitarist Liam “Guthrie” Pennicott in September.  Saxophonist Carl Bulow said the decision to resume playing as a band was made after extensive consultation between the members.

“We got together as a band and talked it out, which was difficult,” he said.

“We thought Liam would have wanted us to continue, so the decision was made to play on.” 

Well-known and well-liked, the guitarist’s death prompted an outpouring of grief from Launceston’s music community, with a memorial show packing out the Royal Oak towards the end of September.

Having made their debut without Liam last week, Bulow said he was never far from the minds of band and audience.

“He had a lot of fans, and you could definitely see a few of them tearing up,” he said.

“There was a lot of emotion coming back towards us.”

The tributes are set to continue from his bandmates, with Liam the subject of a new song from the group.

Bulow said the band has never been afraid to tackle the subject of mental health.

“The band originally started as kind of a men’s shed, where we could all be there for one another,” he said.

“We were all fathers, so it was a chance to talk about any issues we had.”

The Bad Dad Orchestra will play Club 54 from 8.30pm.

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