Niall Quinn of The Hitchers and The Cranberry Saw Us celebrates his 50th birthday with a gig at Kasbah
Limerick musician Niall Quinn celebrates his half-century birthday at Kasbah with a “proper punky party” accompanied by a full band
Some rent a sports clubs hall, make trays of sandwiches and hire in a DJ who’ll play Rock the Boat. Some go on the holiday of a lifetime – Cuba seems to be a favourite. But Limerick musician Niall Quinn is celebrating his half-century with a gig at Dolans Pub’s Kasbah this Friday March 10.
Niall Quinn of The Hitchers, Theme Tune Boy, The Pennywhores long ago, and further back again The Cranberry Saw Us will be marking his 50th birthday with a gig accompanied by a full band at the popular Limerick spot.
Guests can expect to hear 3 sets featuring plenty of The Hitchers with whom he drummed/drums, Theme Tune Boy with whom he sings and Half Man Half Biscuit whose songs he evangelises to the Irish.
Quinn promises “It ain’t all gonna be retrospection either” saying there will be a new single to celebrate the occasion “as it’s long past time to crack on with some fresh meat”. He says, “More on that very soon. We’re gonna have us a proper punky party.”
Niall Quinn founded Limrock legends The Hitchers as a 15-year-old in the late 80’s along with Hoss Carnage and Eoin O’Kelly. Their off-kilter lyrics and terrace chant chorus’ took them quite a way.
The band released two albums and a bagful of singles and EPs throughout the 90’s. Championed by the likes of John Peel and Steve Lamacq they were hotly tipped by many but in truth, in an era dominated by Britpop, always had their faces pressed against the cold side of the glass looking in from outside.
Though long since splendidly retired -renewed interest in the band following their inclusion on Lamacqs 2019 compilation vinyl Lost Alternatives led to last years 25th Anniversary re-issue of their debut album It’s All Fun & Games Til Somone Loses An Eye.