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Click to preview 3 tracks from New Hamell EP UK DATES JULY/AUG 2014
One-man acoustic folk/punk hurricane Hamell On Trial is playing live through July and August to promote the full UK release of his new album Ed Hamell Is The Happiest Man In The World released 2nd June 2014 on New West Records. Hear Ed's recent interview on BBC Radio 6 Music here.

Wed July 2nd

Nice and Sleazy
0141 333 0900

Thu July 3rd

Brudenell Social Club
0113 275 2411

Fri July 4th

The Castle Hotel
161 237 9485

Sat July 5th

Rescure Rooms, Red Room (TBC)
0845 413 4444

Mon July 7th

The Moon Club
029 2037 3022

Tuesday Jul 8th

The Louisiana
0117 926 5978

Thu July 10th

The Borderline
020 7734 5547

Sat July 12th

New Adelphi Club
01482 348 216

August 11-25

Assembly George Square Studios
0131 623 3030

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

The musical alias of New York-based anti-folk hero Ed Hamell, Hamell on Trial is a one-man punk band that plays loud, fast music informed by politics, passion, energy and intelligence. His caustic tongue and devil-may-care attitude has long been a favorite of anti-establishment musical icons Henry Rollins and Ani DiFranco and the critical elite and incited Rolling Stone to call him “bald, bold and superbad”, describing his signature sound as “attack-dog protest folk and ferocious staccato strumming (think Husker Du on Folkways Records).”

He has been described as “Bill Hicks, Hunter S. Thompson and Joe Strummer all rolled into one” by Philadelphia Weekly and a “one-man Tarantino flick: loud, vicious, luridly hilarious, gleefully and deeply offensive” by the Village Voice.

His ninth album, The Happiest Man In The World, has just been released on the prestigious New West Records. The album sees Hamell still as uncompromising, fearless, insightful, absurd, hysterical and as poignant as he was when he descended upon the music world with his debut 25 years ago. The LP is chock full of Hamell’s biting wit, rapid fire strumming, motor mouth rants, spoken word interludes, genre hopping and comedic one-liners and features collaborations with Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches and longtime friend and mentor Ani DiFranco.

Hamell spent several months on the road last year supporting The Uncluded, the project of Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock and will be touring extensively in the U.S. and Europe in support of the album and performed at this year’s SXSW. In July he comes to the UK for a tour and in August will be world premiering his one man show The Happiest Man in the World at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he previously won the coveted Herald Angel Award.

Armed with a battered 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar he strums like a machine gun, a politically astute mind that can’t stop moving and a mouth that can be profane one minute and profound the next, Hamell sets his sights on some classic subjects (sex, drugs, and rock and roll) and some personal ones, too. His performances invoke thoughts of the great rebellious comedians and social commentators of the past: Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, and even a bit of Sam Kinison. Hamell is a great mind; acoustic punk rock mixed with a traveller’s soul. There’s no way around his obscenity, but in that is a willingness to fight for the freethinkers of the world. Hamell On Trial is a refreshing punk rock bomb on the unsuspecting folk singer-songwriter world and above all else a preacher of common sense and truth.

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
2014 The Happiest Man In The World

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