Published on January 17th, 2013 | by admin


Lach and Hamell on Trial UK tour

Lach and Hamell on Trial’s “Kings of Antifolk” Tour of the UK starting January 2013

All Shows 18+
Expect Adult Language

Tour dates

Thursday January 17 – Cardiff – With Hamell on Trial and John MOuse
Venue Name: Clwb Ifor Bach
Venue Address: 11 Womanby Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BR
Venue Phone: 0292 023 0429
Venue Website (Get Tickets):
Doors: 7pm
Show Starts: 8pm
Admission: £10/£12

Friday January 18 – London
Venue Name: The 12 Bar Club
Venue Address: 26 Denmark Place WC2H 8NL
Venue Phone: 020 7240 2120 / 0207 240 2622
Venue Website:

Saturday Jan.19 will feature a guerrilla Antifolk party at an undisclosed location featuring Lach and Surprise guests.
Follow Lach on Tweeter @lachtoday for pop-up announcements a few hours before the show.

Sunday January 20 – Sheffield – With Hamell on Trial
Venue Name: Greystones
Venue Address: Greystones Road, S11 7BS
Venue Phone: 0114 266 5599
Venue Website (Get Tickets):
Doors: 7pm
Show Starts: 8pm
Admission: £12

Monday January 21 – Nottingham – With Hamell on Trial
Venue Name: Guitar Bar
Venue Address: Hotel Deux, Clumber Avenue, Sherwood Rise
Venue Phone: 07770 226 926
Venue Website:
Doors: 7pm
Show Starts: 8pm
Admission: £5

Tuesday January 22 – London – With Hamell on Trial
Venue Name: Leicester Square Theater
Venue Address: 6 Leicester Place, London, WC2H7BX
Venue Phone: 0207 5341740
Venue Website (Get Tickets):
Doors: 7pm
Show Starts: 7:30pm
Admission: £16

Wednesday January 23 – Glasgow – With Hamell on Trial
Venue Name: Oran mor
Venue Address: Top of Byres Road, Glasgow, G128QX
Venue Phone:
Venue Website (Get Tickets):
Doors: 7pm
Show Starts: 8pm
Admission: £15

Thursday January – 24 – LIverpool – VIP Mystery Guests (follow @lachtoday on Twitter for the reveal)
Venue Name: Lomax
Venue Address: 34 Cumberland Street, Liverpool L1 6BU
Venue Phone: 01512361834
Venue Website:

Saturday January – 26 – Porth
Venue Name: The Factory
Venue Address: Welsh Hills Works, Jenkin Street,Porth, CF39 9PP
Venue Phone: 01443 687080
Venue Website:

More information here:



“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 Alive (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 will be 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 is the featured guest on Tom Robinson’s Saturday night show for BBC Radio 6 Music on Jan 19th.


“Lach is the mastermind of Antifolk, like a Lower East Side rendezvous of Bob Dylan and Patti Smith.
Like black snow, stalled subway cars and random violence, Lach is a Manhattan institution.”- NY Times

Born in Brooklyn, Lach arrived in Greenwich Village in the early Eighties and began playing in clubs, such as The Speakeasy and Folk City. Previously considered to be prestigious venues on the folk circuit, they seemed now to Lach, to have become increasingly conservative in their attitudes. “I started the scene in the mid ’80s as a rebellion against the lame so-called folk scene that had congealed in the West Village after Dylan went electric,” reveals Lach. “We were as inspired by The Clash, The Pistols and The Jam as we were by Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, and Bob Dylan. But the Folk hierarchy would have nothing to do with our punky, scruffy lot.”

In protest Lach inaugurated what was an illegal, and infamously renowned, after-hours joint called The Fort in a rented loft, on the Lower East Side where he also initiated the first ever New York Antifolk Festival, to contend with the ‘official’ New York Folk Festival. The Fort moved to many locations birthing such acts as Michelle Shocked and Brenda Kahn before settling in at the Sidewalk Cafe on Sixth Street, in 1994. It was here that names-to-be such as Hamell on Trial, Thomas Truax, Daniel Johnston, Jeff Buckley and more recent antifolkers like the aforementioned Moldy Peaches, Jeffrey Lewis, Diane Cluck and Rick Shapiro, took to the stage.

This will be Lach’s fifth tour of the UK since moving to Edinburgh a year ago. “One of the great things about living in the UK now is that I can tour much more frequently and truly build a circuit over here,” explains Lach. “It’s enabling me to play new towns and support the various local Antifolk scenes. It is a bit strange and wonderful. I’m really enjoying this Act 2 of my career.”

Lach will be performing a tour-de-force of songs from all six of his albums as well as unrecorded gems and songs improvised from audience suggestions.

“He’s incredibly bright, he’s influential, he’s funny, he’s smart, he’s got his own, sort of, counter-culture charm. A very intelligent songwriter, funny, poetic. If you actually take the time to read his lyrics there’s always some beautiful bit of thoughtfulness there or something unexpected. He became part of New York folklore.” – Suzanne Vega

“The roots of modern songwriting: Bob Dylan, Syd Barrett, The New York Dolls, Nick Drake and Lach!” – Timeout London

“Lach is the best songwriter I’ve ever met.” – Adam Green of The Moldy Peaches

“Five stars! Really quite magical. He’s such an affable, unassuming guy. Lach tells stories. His songs, if you listen to his records, are very infectious and you find yourself with a tune rattling inside your head.” – Colin Somerville, The Herald
“He’s a street-corner ambassador. Lach is beat. He’s a ringmaster. He’s a poet’s poet.” – Michelle Shocked
“Lach is so what the East Village used to be all about. He’s a gruff‑and-tough punk turned poet with a heart o’gold singing jangly, funny, pop‑punk songs.”-TimeoutNY
“Lach put it all together. The godfather of Antifolk!” – Dean Friedman
“He’s an absolute legend.” –Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland
“Incredibly entertaining. The captain of our ship. Not just a singer/songwriter, he’s an entertainer. Punk rock kids are going to relate to it but also I think that the little old ladies in their coach trips could enjoy spending an hour or two in Lach’s company.” –Duglas T Stewart of The BMX Bandits
“Lach is my hero and mentor.” – Hamell on Trial
“Lach is a star! More Woody Allen than Woody Guthrie and a raised middle finger to the folk purists.”-NME
“The best punk rhythm guitarist since Johnny Ramone.”- Billy Ficca of Television
“NYC’s living legend, riotously catchy!”-Timeout London
“4 Stars! Splendid! Best of it’s kind!”- Mojo
“Dangerously fun!”-Uncut

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