Green Note presents…. HAMELL ON TRIAL with support from RUTH THEODORE
PLEASE NOTE: This event will be taking place at our alternative home for the evening: THE LEXINGTON, 96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB.
HAMELL ON TRIAL
Headliner and one-man explosion, Hamell on Trial, is a dynamic performance
informed by politics, passion, intelligence and the all-important sense of humor.
Armed with a battered acoustic guitar that he amplifies mightily and 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’s caustic wit and
devil-may-care attitude has long been a favorite of anti-establishment icons Aesop
Rock, Kimya Dawson, and has toured extensively with folk legend Ani DiFranco. His
performances invoke thoughts of the great, rebellious satirists and social
commentators of the past: Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks. There’s no
way around his obscenity but in that is a willingness to fight for the free thinkers of
“Bald, bold and superbad!” Rolling Stone magazine
“one man Tarantino flick: loud, vicious, luridly hilarious, gleefully and deeply
offensive” – the Village Voice
No stranger to her own political standpoint, opening artist Ruth Theodore fascinates audiences with her gripping honesty and distinctive lyricism. With a fistful of unconventional guitar tunings, Ruth’s ability to move deliberately between pacey political passages of stomping slide guitar, to moments of disarming humility and beauty, is that of a skilled writer in command of, and having fun with, the idea of contemporary songwriting. Starting her career as a busker Ruth has gone on to perform alongside many great international artists including numerous performances with aforementioned folk legend and label mate Ani DiFranco at the London Palladium and Union Chapel, Dar Williams, Jane Siberry, Jeff Lang, Chastity Brown and Rory McLeod.
“Having received critical acclaim for her four outstanding and unique records, you’d
be crazy to miss this chance to see her” – TimeOut magazine , London
“Confident and original” – The Guardian ****
Support from NATHAN BELL:
Nathan Bell: He picked up glowing 5-star reviews for his album, I Don’t Do This for Love, I Do This for Love – a CD that deservedly won him huge media exposure.
And, Nathan Bell ended 2017 on another high after being voted Male Performer of the Year in the Readers’ Poll at the influential AmericanaUK website.
He had made a rare visit to these shores earlier that year for a double bill show with James McMurtry at Celtic Connections, and stunned a capacity crowd into hushed silence when he took the stage.
Reviewing the performance for AmericanaUK, writer Paul Kerr said:
“It was a raucous crowd that faced Bell when he bounced onto the stage but within minutes he had them transfixed with barely a murmur to be heard, his confident delivery and wry humour demanding attention
“Gruff and tender with a poet’s voice and a sincere sense of justice, Bell is the real deal…do yourself a favour and catch this true American troubadour. You won’t be disappointed.”
Since returning to his home in Tennessee. Nathan has recorded a brand new album to be released here just before he returns and a ‘live’ album recorded in front of a sold-out crowd in Wales during his last visit will also get a UK release this year.
Some media quotes:
“Gritty and authentic” – The Telegraph
“Really, really special” – Ricky Ross, BBC
“Powerful – excellent” (5 stars) – Country Music People
“Poetry is coursing through his veins” (5 stars) – Maverick magazine