Touring together again after the success of last years tour, one-man explosion Hamell On Trial from the USA and distinctively original artist Ruth Theodore from the UK make an unexpected and incredibly feisty pairing. Both drawing their inspiration from the cracks and crevices of life, these two different but deliberate talents are capable of conjuring the darkest corners alive with colour, humour, passion, poetry, politics and profanity.
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 the world.