Bourke’s Bar trial punk poet Ed Hamell this Thursday

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

AMERICAN punk poet Ed Hamell kicks off a new series of Thursday Night Live shows in Bourke’s Bar, Limerick this week.

AMERICAN punk poet Ed Hamell kicks off a new series of Thursday Night Live shows in Bourke’s Bar, Limerick this week.

Touring as Hamell On Trial, the New Yorker is a veritable one man folk punk band, a guitar-slinger with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of humour, billed as “Bill Hicks, Hunter S. Thompson and Joe Strummer all rolled into one” by media in his own country.

Hamell appears along with Irish punk poet Jinx Lennon and Limerick’s very own Theme Tune Boy - Niall Quinn of the Hitchers fame - in the first of Bourke’s newly fashioned Thursday gigs.

The trio appear for the tidy sum of €8 (€7 for tickets bought in advance) - a slight departure for the intimate venue that has heretofore made its name with free shows by high profile acts over the last 14 months.

Bourke’s and booker John Hennessy have made the decision to start charging for shows, a fair one in our opinion with top Irish and international acts set to appear in the venue for less than the price of a cinema ticket, a fact stressed by former Whelan’s booker Hennessy.

“After fourteen months of freebies we think this is reasonable,” he says. “To paraphrase Ian MacKaye (FUGAZI), we still feel everyone gets to see a live original act or two for less than the cost of a cinema ticket. These are tough times. For everyone. Respect for music and it’s ability to heal and inspire can not be underestimated. Thank you for making us feel like it matters.”

The bar are also running shows with White Hills and guests The Altered Hours on April 4 and Fang Island and guests No Spill Blood on April 9, all shows 9pm.

Get out and support!

Hamell On Trial plays Bourke’s Bar, Thursday February 21 @ 9pm. Tickets €8/7.