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Click to preview 3 tracks from New Hamell EP KINGS OF ANTIFOLK TOUR

One-man acoustic folk/punk hurricane Hamell On Trial together with New York legend Lach - founder of the Antifolk movement - on tour to promote new EP Ed Hamell Is The Happiest Man In The World
Next show:

LONDON: Tuesday Jan 22nd
HAMELL ON TRIAL and LACH at 7.30pm

Leicester Square Theatre
6 Leicester Place
0844 873 3433

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Sat 12 Jan LONDON
Special Guest with Tom Robinson
The Tabernacle 020 7221 9700

Tue 15 Jan LEEDS
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Brudenell Social Club
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Wed 16 Jan HULL
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New Adelphi Club 01482 348 216

Thu 17 Jan CARDIFF
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Clwb Ifor Bach - book tickets

Sun Jan 20th SHEFFIELD
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The Greystones
0114 266 5599

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Guitar Bar 07770 226 926

Tue 22 Jan LONDON
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Leicester Square Theatre 0845 4134444

Wed 23 Jan GLASGOW
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Oran Mor
0844 844 0444

Thu 24 Jan DUBLIN
The Workman's Club 0818 903001

Sat 23 Feb CORK
Cyprus Avenue +353 21 4276165

Sun 24 Feb DUNDALK
Spirit Store 042 9352697

"Bill Hicks, Hunter S.Thompson and Joe Strummer
rolled into one" Philedelphia Weekly

Ed Hamell picked up the guitar at age 7 and started writing songs not long after. In his early 20s,he fronted a local band in Syracuse, but local bands were a dime a dozen in the tough, working class neighborhoods of upstate New York. Which is how the one-man act known as Hamell on Trial was born. He toured the US armed with his battered 1937 Gibson guitar before settling in Austin, Texas, where his songcraft and storyteling found a receptive audience.

After seeing him at the 1995 SXSW Music Conference, Mercury Records signed him on the spot and released two albums before disaster struck in May 2000 when Ed was seriously injured in a car accident. Recovering from head and spinal injuries he released the album Ed's Not Dead: Hamell Comes Alive the next year, followed by the landmark album Choochtown that remains a huge favourite with fans to this day.

In 2003 Ed signed to Ani Di Franco's Righteous Babe Records, releasing the album Tough Love, followed by Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs in 2006. The next year his stand-up show The Terrorism of Everyday Life won 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe plus a Herald Angel Award for an outstanding performance at the festival.

Before, during and after 2010 Ed Hamell took on the challenge of writing a new song every day and publishing the results on his Youtube Channel. He ended up with over 400 tunes, eight of which were selected for his new digital EP Ed Hamell Is The Happiest Man In The World (click for preview)...

This 8-track mini album is produced by The Butcher Bros and features collaborations with Kimya Dawson from Moldy Peaches and longstanding friend and mentor Ani Di Franco. It was released on January 14th, 2013 by New West Records - home to Richard Thompson, John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Tom Morello and Kris Kristofferson among others.

Ed is developing a new one man show for 2013 called Eddie's Bar currently being previewed on a run of U.S. live dates. In January he makes his long-awaited return to the UK and Eire for a series of shows to promote the EP, and was the featured guest on Tom Robinson's Saturday night show for BBC Radio 6 Music on Jan 19th. Click to hear interview.

1989 Conviction
1992 Letter to Mike
1996 Big as Life
1997 The Chord is Mightier Than the Sword 2000 Choochtown
2001 Ed's Not Dead: Hamell Comes Alive
2003 Yap
2003 Tough Love
2006 Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs
2008 Rant and Roll
2013 Ed Hamell Is The Happiest Man In The World

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