Tony Kennedy born in Glasgow in 1966, is the founding and now only remaining member of the jazz punk band BADGEWEARER championed by John Peel among others. Earning critical acclaim from many quarters including single of the week in the Melody Maker and numerous other international accolates. He turned down Jelo Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label to remain with independent Glasgow label Gruf Witt, releasing over a ten year period: 4 Lp’s and 6 7” singles. In the meantime teaming up with Pakito Bolino and Caroline Sury as part of the Marseille art collective Le derniere Crie to form the art noise phenomenon MUG, who performed at festival Mimi as well as being invited to record a Peel session. His last performance was a live improvisation with legendary CAN singer Damo Suzuki in Edinburgh. Badgewearer then became a solo project,involving collaborations with dancers, poets and writers.

He currently plays one of the three basses with the new Mexico based Albuquerque band Tiny Americans, with former members of 3 Mile Pilot and Truman’s Water, specializing in live film soundtracks. Which has led to his most recent collaboration with the Rotterdam based video artist Marit Shalem.


Email: badgewearer@gmail.com

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