Springsteen’s sax-player Jake Clemons for Limerick show

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

The Boss and his sax-player: Bruce Springsteen, with Jake Clemons over his right shoulder, during the Thomond Park show earlier this summer
A MERE handful of lucky music fans will get the exclusive chance to see Bruce Springsteen’s saxophone player Jake Clemons up close and personal in Limerick this December.

A MERE handful of lucky music fans will get the exclusive chance to see Bruce Springsteen’s saxophone player Jake Clemons up close and personal in Limerick this December.

Limerick gig promoter John Hennessy, who runs Seoda Shows in the city, has bagged Clemons’ services for an intimate show in Bourke’s Bar on Catherine Street in the city, a major coup for the booker.

The American musician, nephew of deceased sax-player Clarence Clemons, one of Springsteen’s closest collaborators, stepped into his uncle’s footsteps on Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball tour in 2012 and has become a fixture in The Boss’ shows.

Clemons was a stand-out performer at the Thomond Park show during the summer, with Springsteen displaying noticeable affection for him throughout the gig, pushing him to the fore.

A versatile performer in his own right, Clemons will play a handful of gigs in Ireland with his hand, calling to Bourke’s Bar on Monday, December 9.

Admitting it was a “coup”, John said: “I am delighted to be doing it and working with somebody of that stature and calibre.”

Clemons, who plays the guitar, sax, piano, and drums, sings and “loves rock ‘n roll”, has worked with The Swell Season and Glen Hansard in the past and says he “continues to make a deep connection in the present by living life to its fullest through a musical journey”.

“If you take the mysterious, rugged side of Johnny Cash and mix it with the soulful down to earth love child of Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons – shaken not stirred of course – you end up with the unique and talented Jake Clemons,” reads his website blurb of the musician, who grew up as the son of a Marine Corps band director and attended the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts to study jazz performance

Just 60 odd people will bear witness to the show in the intimate surrounds of Bourke’s Bar, which is well established on the music scene, playing host to a slew of top acts in the last two years.

Tickets, priced at €15, go on sale this Friday at 11am from the bar, and will go on a “first come, first served basis”.

For more information on upcoming Seoda Shows’ gigs, see Seoda Shows.