Lu Edmonds; photo by Kentaro Murai, taken 9 October 2007 in Portland, Oregon

PiL will be appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on 17 May.

Alex Mar is directing a PiL documentary, which will include the 19 May 2010 performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Albert Kuvezin of Yat-Kha will release a new album, Poets and Lighthouses, which features Lu, in 2010.

PiL played two songs on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live in Los Angeles, on 7 April 2010.

PiL is touring North America in April and May 2010 and Europe in July and September.

Lu's ESP Tele was stolen in London on 17 February 2010. If you have any information about this, please contact the PiL website.

Les Triaboliques are playing at the Music Meeting Festival in the Dutch city of Nijmegen on 23 May 2010.

The Mekons have completed their latest recording, and will be touring Europe in July and August 2010.

Billy Bragg and the Acoustic Blokes played at the Roundhouse on 22 January 2010, as part of the fRoots Magazine 30th anniversary celebration.

Lu is part of John Lydon's newly re-formed PiL. They played a series of shows in the UK during the latter half of December 2009.

Les Triaboliques played the Muveszetek Palotaja in Budapest on 24 November 2009.

Lu played at European Week in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 16 October 2009.

Les Triaboliques released their first CD, rivermudtwilight, on 8 September 2009.

Patrick Ogle and Gretchen Hasse from Gearwire interviewed Lu about his saz during the Mekons' recent US tour.

Lu, Tarhana, Labess, and Pacifika led the Global Mashup workshop at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on 25 July 2009.

Lu and David Rothenberg played six cümbüş-clarinet duets on the BBC's 23 July 2009 Late Junction programme.

Grey Gallery Records' first release, Little Sparta & Sally Timms, features Lu on ud.

Les Triaboliques, which features Lu, Ben Mandelson, and Justin Adams, appeared in Russia in July and August 2008, and debuted in London in October 2008.

The Blue Blokes 3 appeared on DJ Ritu's BBC London 94.9 A World in London on Saturday, 21 June 2008 (8-10pm).

Lu, Ben Mandelson, and Ian Anderson have a new trio called the Blue Blokes 3. They played a series of UK dates in June and released their first album, Stubble, on 7 July 2008.

Chicago photographer Jim Newberry has put together, Mekons: From Hideout to Mutiny, an art book commemorating the Mekons' Hideout and Mutiny gigs from 12 October 2007.

Tony Baker filmed the Mekons' 30th anniversary gig, which they performed on 16 August 2007 at the City Varieties in Leeds.

Billy Bragg & the Blokes' new CD, Mr. Love & Justice, was released on 3 March 2008.

The Mekons's new CD, Natural, was released on 21 August 2007. Tony Baker filmed a promo video for the song "Cockermouth," with an intro from Patrick Eyres.

The Brackenrigg EP, a bonus EP from the Natural sessions, was released on Rhapsody on 25 September 2007.

The Mekons are on the cover of the October 2007 issue of fRoots.

Raz3 has finished their first CD. Visit Ken Hyder's website and their Myspace profile for audio clips.

Recently, Lu has been continuing his research on the music of Central Asia.
Lu Edmonds

Lu's musical career spans several decades and encompasses a number of genres, including punk, folk, roots, world music, jazz, and avant.
August 1977 - 8 April 1978
albums: Music for Pleasure
The Captain's Birthday Party
Not the Captain's Birthday Party?
singles: "Problem Child"
"Don't Cry Wolf"
videos: "Problem Child"
"Neat Neat Neat" (from the TV show Impact, 1977)
"Fan Club" (from the TV show Impact, 1977)
links: The Damned: Official Web Presence
The Damned Discography: Lu Edmonds
The Damned: Live Performances
Note: Music for Pleasure features Lol Coxhill on the sax.
Note: 8 April 1978, was the "farewell gig" after which the Damned disbanded.
Note: At the Saturday 16 December 2006 gig at the Academy in Islington, Lu and Lol Coxhill joined the Damned onstage for the last two songs ("Antipope" and "I Feel Alright").
1978 - 1980
guitar, vocals
albums: Square One
Complete Works of the Edge
The Moonlight Tapes ("Next in Line")
singles: "Macho Man"
"Watching You"
links: Peel Session: The Edge, 18 April 1979
Glyn Havard — An Autobiography, 2000
Dogstar Poets: Glyn Havard Bio
Strangled: Special Guests
Note: The Edge's other members were Jon Moss, Gavin Povey, and Glyn Havard.
Note: For the 18 April 1979 Peel Session, the Edge performed "The Edge (Instrumental)," "Friday 17th," "I Give Up," and "Who's Your Friend."
Riff Regan
1978 - 1979
singles: "All The Nice Boys And Girls In The World"
"Japanese Girls"
"You Call Me Lucky"
"The Only One"
links: Wikipedia: Riff Regan
Miles Tredinnick: Riff Regan
London: Riff Regan Interview
Note: Riff Regan (who had been in the band London with Jon Moss) released four singles with MCA, and utilized a number of musicians, including the Edge and Kirsty MacColl, in the recordings.
Jane Aire and the Belvederes
1978 - 1979
albums: Jane Aire and the Belvederes
Akron Compilation ("When I Was Young" and "I'm an Actress")
singles: "Yankee Wheels"
"Call Me Every Night"
"Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache"
links: Hiljaiset Levyt: PUNKNET 77 - Jane Aire
Trouser Press: Jane Aire and the Belvederes/Edge
Be Stiff: Jane Aire and the Belvederes
Mr. Blues Train: Review of Jane Aire & The Belvederes
Note: This band consisted of the Edge backing Jane Ashley.
Note: Jane Aire and the Belvederes has Kirsty MacColl and Rachel Sweet on backing vocals.
Kirsty MacColl
1979 - 1981
guitar, bouzouk
albums: Desperate Character (rerelease: Kirsty MacColl)
What Do Pretty Girls Do?
singles: "They Don't Know"
links: Freeworld: The Kirsty MacColl Web Site
Union Square Music: Tracey Ullman
Alan Lee Shaw
Note: Lu co-wrote "Mexican Sofa," "Falling for Faces," and "The Real Ripper," which appeared on Desperate Character. He also co-wrote "Easy Come, Easy Go," "Lullabye for Ezra," and "Ostrich Song," which were apparently never released.
Note: In 1981, Lu played on unreleased sessions at Regent Park Studios (with Rico Rodriguez, Jools Holland, Pino Palladino, and Dick Cuthell) that included the following songs written by Kirsty MacColl and Alan Lee Shaw: "Goodnight Paris," "Germany," "Shutting the Doors," and "Don't Ask Me."
Howard Werth
albums: Six of One and a Half Dozen of the Other
links: Luminous Music
Note: This album also features Steve Goulding and Gavin Povey.
1980 - 1981
guitar, piano
albums: Spikey Dream Flowers
singles: "Risk"
"Dangers of Living"
videos: "Dangers of Living"
links: Spizzenergi
The Unofficial Spizz Homepage
Spizz 77: trakMARX's Jean Encoule's interview with Spizz
Note: Lu co-wrote "Five Year Mission" and "Robot Holiday."
Thomas Mapfumo
Note: Lu played guitar at one live gig.
1984 - 1985, 1992, 1995 - 1998, current
guitar, saz, cümbüş, bass cümbüş, backing vocals, percussion, keyboards
albums: Oil and Gold
Sacred City
Naked Apes and Pond Life
Having a Moment
singles: "Health and Knowledge and Wealth and Power"
"Fish Below the Ice"
videos: "Nemesis"
"White Out and "Suck"
Cleartrails: The Shriekback Pages
Note: On Sacred City, Lu plays guitar on one track, "Signs."
1984 - 1991, 1996 - current
bass, guitar, cümbüş, saz, Norwegian flute, bagpipes, ud, bodhran, sruti, darbuka, vocals
albums: Fear and Whiskey (rerelease: Original Sin)
The Edge of the World
Honky Tonkin'
Rock n' Roll
The Curse of the Mekons
Pussy, King of the Pirates
I Have Been to Heaven and Back
Where Were You?
Journey to the End of the Night
Singing Spinning Head OOOH!
Punk Rock
Heaven and Hell: The Best of
The Brackenrigg EP
[new album completed; to be released]
bonuses: Natural:
"Old Fox Lu Version" (Quarterstick only)
"Young Men in Peacetime" and "Shocking" (iTunes only)
singles: (See the Mekons discography)
videos: "Hole in the Ground"
"Ghosts of American Astronauts"
"Memphis, Egypt"
"Millionaire" (on Launch)
"Work All Week"
"32 Weeks"
"Harden High"
books: United
Hello Cruel World: Selected Lyrics
art: OOOH! (UK: 2001)
OOOH! (US: 2002)
links: Myspace: Mekons
Touch and Go/Quarterstick Records: Mekons
Southern: Mekons
Billions: Mekons
Coda Agency: Mekons
Mekons Industry Resource Site
Verse Chorus Press
Ellipsis: The Wonderful World of the Mekons, Words of Mekons
Ellipsis: Great Pop Things
TwinTone: Mekons: Videos and Photos
Too Much Rock: 11 March 2004 show photos
YouTube: Mekons
Note: Lu is credited with translating a Ukranian phrase for the So Good It Hurts liner notes.
Note: Lu is often credited under different variants of his name: "Lu Knee" (Honky Tonkin'), "Mr. Knee" (Rock n' Roll), "Lu Cipher" (The Curse of the Mekons), "Blind Lugh" (Pussy, King of the Pirate), "Lu Headmonds" (OOOH!), and "Organic Lu-cose" (Natural).
Note: Lu opened for the Waco Brothers on 18 October at the Abbey Pub in Chicago.
Note: The Brackenrigg EP is a bonus EP from the Natural sessions that was released on Rhapsody on 25 September 2007.
Mambo Dunya
circa 1990
Note: Simon Edwards and Salah Dawson Miller were also in this band at varying times.
3 Mustaphas 3
1984 - 1987, 1992 - 1993, current
bouzouk, saz, cümbüş, bass, "land-drums," vocals
albums: BAM! Mustaphas Play Stereo (rerelease: BAM! Big Mustaphas Play Stereolocalmusic)
3 Mustaphas 3 Present L'Orchestre "BAM" de Grand Mustapha International and Party: Local Music (rerelease: BAM! Big Mustaphas Play Stereolocalmusic)
From the Balkans to Your Heart: The Radio Years
Friends, Fiends & Fronds
Out on the Rolling Sea: A Tribute to the Music of Joseph Spence the Pindar Family ("A Chilling Tale: Harcourt Drowned"/"Troublesome Water")
Play Musty for Me
Dark Was the Night: A Tribute to the Music of Blind Willie Johnson ("When the War Was On")
singles: "Si Vous Passez Par Là"
links: Kartini Music: 3 Mustaphas 3
Northside/Omnium/ESD: 3 Mustaphas 3
Sabah Habas Mustapha Gets Homesick in Indonesia
Global Village Idiot: 3 Mustaphas 3
The Beat: BAM! 3 Mustaphas 3 Exposed
YahooGroups: Three Mustaphas Three 3M3
Note: In the 3 Mustaphas 3, Lu was known as "Uncle Patrel Mustapha bin Mustapha."
Note: Lu wrote the liner notes to Friends, Fiends & Fronds.
Note: The 3 Mustaphas 3 are credited as the "3 Mississippistaphas 3" on Dark Was the Night.
Note: The 3 Mustaphas 3 performed a number of gigs with the late Ofra Haza.
albums: This Is the Sea
The Secret Life of the Waterboys 81-85
links: The Official Mike Scott-Waterboys Web Site
Note: Lu plays bass on one track, "Medicine Bow."
Public Image Ltd.
1986 - 1989, 2009 - current
keyboards, guitar, melodica, keyboards, saz, cümbüş
albums: Happy?
9 (songwriting credits)
LiveCD: 15.12.2009: Birmingham Academy
LiveCD: 16.12.2009: Leeds Academy
LiveCD: 19.12.2009: Manchester Academy
LiveCD: 21.12.2009: Brixton Academy
singles: "Seattle"
"The Body"
"Disappointed" (songwriting credits)
"Warrior" (songwriting credits)
videos: "Seattle"
"The Body"
links: Fodderstompf
PiL Official Website
LiveCD: PiL
Note: Lu has songwriting credits on 9 but does not actually play on it.
Note: A 1986 tour booklet identifies him as "Lu Patrel."
Note: John Lydon re-formed PiL in 2009, for the 30th anniversary of Metal Box, with Lu (guitar and other instruments, Bruce Smith (drums), and Scott Firth (bass).
Vinicius Cantuària
Note: Lu played at one live gig.
Note: Lu played bass for one live gig.
Carl Marsh
albums: Too Much Fun
singles: "Here Comes the Crush"
links: Cleartrails: Carl Marsh Interview: Carl Marsh
Note: Lu co-wrote "Big Blues," "Here Comes the Crush," "Jump My Wall," "Luckily," and "Perfect Life," not all of which have been released.
Note: Carl Marsh and Lu were known as the Crash Baptists at one point.
1994 - 2002, current
tüngür, cümbüş, saz, bass
albums: Yenisei-Punk
Dalai Beldiri
Aldyn Dashka (producer)
.comp ("To Shagonar") (from CMN Tours)
Bootleg: Yat-Kha in Europe Live 2001
Tuva Rock
Bootleg 2005
videos: "Anthrophagy" (University of Pittsburgh's Pitt Slavic Film Collection)
Storm over Asia
The Kennedy Center: Yat-Kha (10 October 2001)
BBC3 World Music Awards
links: The Official Yat-Kha Page
New Official Yat-Kha Website
D.Notice Management
Run Productions
Concerted Efforts: Yat-Kha
Coda Agency: Yat-Kha
The Connection: Yat-Kha (5 October 2001)
Cleartrails: Yat-Kha
World Music Central: Yat-Kha and Re-Covers
Note: Lu managed Yat-Kha until 2002; he has served as their webmaster since 1999.
Note: On Yat-Kha's early releases, Lu is credited as "Akym" (Tuvan for "big brother").
Note: Lu and Radik have also taken part in a live performance.
Murray Lachlan Young
albums: Vice and Verse
The Lost Album
links: Murray Lachlan Young
Laurie Anderson
26 June 1997
Note: Lu played the Laurie Anderson-curated 1997 Meltdown Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall with the 100 Violins, and performed on "Mr and Mrs God" and "Call on Line One."
Jon Langford
albums: Skull Orchard
links: Jon Langford
Buried Treasure Records
Note: Lu contributed vocals on "Penny Arcades."
Billy Bragg & the Blokes
1998 - current
guitar, saz, cümbüş, ud, tarbush, tenorbush, vocals
albums: Mermaid Avenue Tour: Billy Bragg & the Blokes: Featuring Rediscovered Songs from Woody Guthrie
Liberdade: Viva East Timor ("Accident Waiting to Happen")
Live At The World Café Volume 11 ("Accident Waiting to Happen")
Brand New Boots and Panties ("Billericay Dickie")
Daddy-0 Daddy: Rare Family Songs of Woody Guthrie ("Dry Bed" and "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8")
England, Half English
The Song Makers Project Volume One ("The Milkman of Human Kindness")
Shining Bright: The Songs of Lal and Mike Waterson ("Danny Rose")
Born To Run 2003 - The Best Of The Boss Volume Two ("Mansion on the Hill")
Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen ("Mansion on the Hill")
Must I Paint You a Picture?: The Essential Billy Bragg
Mr. Love & Justice
singles: "England, Half English"/"St Monday"
"Take Down the Union Jack"
videos: "St Monday"
"England, Half English"
links: The Official Billy Bragg Homepage
CBC Radio Audio Webcast: Commodore Ballroom, 23 April 2002
Billy Bragg Picture Page
Photos from Billy Bragg & the Blokes Shows
Note: As part of Billy Bragg's work for the Southbank Centre's Overture, which celebrated the Royal Festival Hall's re-opening, Billy Bragg, Ben Mandelson, and Lu performed at Billy Bragg's Big Busk on Saturday, 9 June 2007, in addition to their own performances on Saturday (Riverside Performance), and twice on Sunday, 10 June (Riverside Terrace and the Hayward Stage). See JD Falk's photos, or watch clips of the performances on YouTube (Bill's ad, "Down by the Riverside", "Waterloo Sunset", "Goodnight Irene", "A New England", "Underneath the Arches"(1), and "Underneath the Arches" (2)).
Note: In 2007, Billy Bragg, Ben Mandelson, and Lu played traditional busking songs at a number of venues, including the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival on 15 July 2007.
Lol Coxhill
circa 1998 - current
bass cümbüş, "ud and stuff," "hell tambourine"
albums: Spectral Soprano ("Turned out Nice Again")
Out to Launch ("The Unlaunched Orchestra")
links: Lol Coxhill: A Life in Music
European Free Improvisation Pages: Lol Coxhill
All about Jazz: London Calling
Hastings Fishing Trip (3 July 2003)
Dear Janes
albums: Skirt
links: Dear Janes
Note: Billy Bragg & and the Blokes provide backing vocals on "Ship."
Pine Valley Cosmonauts
saz, vocals
albums: The Executioner's Last Songs, Vol. 2 ("Gulag Blues")
links: Bloodshot Records: Pine Valley Cosmonauts
Knut Aufermann and Mike Walter
links: Tracey Sanders-Wood's Photos of the Sellout Benefit
Note: On 25 May 2004, Lu, Mike Walter, and Knut Aufermann played at the opening night of Sellout, an exhibition/benefit for ResonanceFM.
Note: Lu periodically works with Knut Aufermann, usually with Lol Coxhill.
Yusuf Islam
vocals, ud, darbuka, saz
links: Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens Official Site
September 2006 Mojo article
Note: Lu worked on one track for An Other Cup, but his work may or may not have ended up in the final CD.
Babar Luck
2005 - 2006
saz, vocals
albums: Care in the Community
links: Babar Luck
Myspace: Babar Luck
Note: Lu produced Care in the Community.
Note: Babar Luck sometimes performs in a trio with Lu and Mark Roberts (drums).
circa 2004 - current
saz, mazhar
albums: Raz3
links: Myspace: Raz3
Ken Hyder
Ken Hyder: Work in Progress
Tim Hodgkinson
Note: Lu has been performing live gigs and recording with the Ken Hyder and Tim Hodgkinson from K-Space. A new album should be released soon.
Blue Blokes 3
1 February 2007 - current
saz, cümbüş, guitar, vocals
albums: Stubble
links: Myspace: Blue Blokes 3
Shirley Collins
Note: On 1 February 2007, Shirley Collins's MBE celebration at the Royal Oak in Lewes included performances by Vic Smith, Tina Smith, Dan Quinn, Matthew Quinn, Adam Bushell, Roger Brasier, Elle Osborne, Pip Barnes, Bob Lewis, The Brighton Morris Men, Ian Anderson, Ben Mandelson, Lu Edmonds, Jim Younger, Gail Williams, Terry Potter, Ian Holder, Dave Arthur, Dan Stewart, Martin Wyndham-Read, Iris Bishop, Gary Holder and Marilyn Bennett.
Little Sparta & Sally Timms
saz, ud
albums: Little Sparta & Sally Timms
links: Grey Gallery: Little Sparta & Sally Timms
Grey Gallery Records
Myspace: Grey Gallery Records
Little Sparta
Note: Lu (saz) and Susie (violin) backed Sally Timms (sruti) at a 28 April 2007 performance at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival curated by the Dirty Three, which was held in Butlins, Minehead in Somerset.
Note: The 2008 EP Little Sparta & Sally Timms is Grey Gallery Records' first release.
Geoffrey Oryema
June/July 2007
links: Myspace: Geoffrey Oreyma
Note: Geoffrey Oryema, Lu, and a harmonica player performed on 29 June 2007 at the 16 Tons in Moscow, and at the Sayan Ring Festival, which took place on 5-7 July 2007 (and for which Lu served as a member of the jury).
Les Triaboliques
2008 - current
cümbüş, bow-büş, saz, eSaz, acoustic guitar, vocals
albums: rivermudtwilight
links: Myspace: Les Triaboliques
2008 World on 3 Session
Photos from the 2008 World on 3 Session
Note: This new trio features Justin Adams and Ben Mandelson. They were originally called the Trio Diabolique, and played at the 2008 Sayan Ring Festival in Siberia.
Note: They were featured on Charlie Gillett's show, World on 3, in a session that was recorded on 26 August 2008 and broadcast on 8 September 2008.
Albert Kuvezin
albums: Poety i mayaki (Poets & Lighthouses) [to be released in 2010]
links: Myspace: Albert Kuvezin
Note: Poets & Lighthouses was recorded in September 2008 on Jura, with Simon Edwards, Sarah Homer, Melanie Pappenheim, and Neil Cameron. It was produced by Giles Perring.
David Rothenberg
23 July 2009
links: Late Junction Session
Note: The 23 July 2009 Late Junction programme on BBC3 featured Lu and American clarinettist David Rothenberg on six songs: "Me and the Birds Slowed Down," "Toucan Sam," "Memories of the Type Foundry," "The Toucans Are Getting Restless," "Ben's Frogs," and "Is That You or the Kokako?"