Cleere’s Theatre’s well known and well regarded equally among music lovers and musicians.
This weekend you can see why music fans flock to the venue as it serves up two nights of fantastic entertainment, led by two of our favourite American acts both of whom have absorbed any suffering they may have endured into their music.
On Friday, ‘Hamell On Triall’ makes a welcome return bringing his loud and fast music informed by politics, passion, energy and intelligence. His is a one man punk show boasting a Kerouacesque story of social commentary shaped through years on the road.
A number of years ago, a serious car accident while touring waylaid Hamell on Trial for a year, during which time he started work on a one-man play. Before he could finish it the European success of Choochtown encouraged him to tour the continent, and an invitation to open a number of US shows for longtime supporter Ani DiFranco led to a live album, Ed’s Not Dead/Hamell Comes Alive.
There’s been a lot more since and this year, he is bringing his live show to Fringe Festivals, theatres and clubs across North America and Europe.
That show rolls into Cleere’s on Friday night where he’ll be supported by Jinx Lennon.
On Saturday night, he hands the Cleere’s baton to his fellow American Mark Eitzel. The CalIfornian born singer and songwriter has had a heart attack and seen his band, American Music Club, implode but all has come back around for the performer.
He’s back on track with a new solo album, his first in over a decade. Now touring Europe he brings his set list to Kilkenny’s Cleere’s Theatre this Saturday.
There, he’s expected to perform a mixture of songs from his rich catalog as well as his newer material.