Sunday, May 15, 2011

Jinx Lennon

My first introduction to the immensely talented Jinx Lennon was when he played a support slot to Hamell On Trial in Dolan's Warehouse Limerick in 2001. It was a gig that I will always remember for his sheer energy laced performance that grabbed everyone's attention almost immediately. Jinx Lennon is a one man powerhouse of raw originality armed with an acoustic guitar and a catalogue, of punk inspired, hard biting lyrics. Much of his songs are observations on modern Ireland's society and  the human condition in general, in which he delivers lines that are not without more than a hint of tongue in cheek. Few artistes if any have in fact documented the state of the nation as boldly in song form as Jinx has over the years. Playing live seems to come natural to this man, his shows also develop into crowd rowdy sets as he plays catchy electronic riffs over his gospel preacher style rants. A native of  Co. Louth, Lennon has to date released 5 albums, the first one a live show recorded at the Spirit Store in Dundalk in 2000 and my personal favourite; you will find all recordings on Septic Tiger Records. On May 26th next he will release another album called 'Hungry Bastard Hibernia' on Bandcamp.com for a free download, I would highly recommend this date to be kept in mind. Admiration for Jinx has grown steadly over the past few years, with rave reviews from the likes of Foggy Notions magazine, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent and Hot Press to name but a few.  Christy Moore recently interviewed revealed ...'I've been to maybe 10 gigs in the past 2 years and 4 of them were Jinx Lennon's....'
You will find this song, 'The City Of Styrofoam Cups' on his 2006 album 'Know Your Station Gouger Nation'.....





 He tours regulary thoughout Ireland and the U.K and most notibly he has played support to legendary Manchester band The Fall, (one of his all time favourite bands) and just last year he did a support slot for punk poet John Cooper Clarke on his Irish tour. For several years Lennon has held court at the The Leviathan Tent' at The Electric Picnic Festival, adding his own charming style to one of the best music and arts festivals in Europe. I've seen this man play live 6 times and will go to see him play again this year. I can guarantee anyone that experiences one of his gigs that they will come home feeling elated, rejuvinated, and bewildered. This is a clip of 'Everyone's Got a Mental Home Inside Their Heads' played live in Cavan 2009...     

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