The Hitchers take to the road and the hard shoulder for 3 nights in June 2015 as they undertake a grueling gigging schedule which includes Ennis & Limerick.
Timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of their first release the Fruit EP back in 1990, The Hitchers revisit a couple of their favourite old haunts and blow the doors off a new one.
On Friday 26th the band return to haunt old friends when the mid-tour wig-out touches down at Ennis’ Brandons. There’ll be a bus running from Limerick for this one with a very limited number of seats on sale. Special guests are The Buzzmonkeys.
Finally the end-of-tour blowout takes place at Kasbah Social Club in association with the wonderful Seoda Shows on Saturday 27th of June and promises to be something a little bit special as the band make it home to Limerick to the newest venue in Dolans arsenal of live music emporia. Super-special guests to be announced.
Releasing two albums and a slew of EPs in the late 90’s, the Limerick band came to the attention of legendary BBC DJ John Peel who championed the band’s debut UK release It’s All Fun & Games Til Someone Loses An Eye’ and had the band record a session for his show that gets repeat broadcasts to the present day.
The ‘Strachan/You Can Only Love Someone’ double a-side single won many more friends, plaudits and award nominations (pipped to the Best Irish Single gong by Ash’ A Life Less ordinary …no shame in that) as did the band’s follow up LP ‘For The Want of Some Better TV’ and the band were an ever present on the gigging circuits of Ireland and Britain earning a reputation for spikey punk-pop, acerbic, witty lyricism, terrace-chant chorus’ and ultimately for fiery live performances.
Though The Hitchers officially de-mobbed in 2001 they have occasionally reformed for one-off shows and media interest in the band is rekindled biennially around the time of World Cups and European Championships which led to Guardian readers voting ‘Strachan’ the ‘greatest football song EVER’.
In 2010, Warner Bros Germany approached the band for permission to use the song on ’11 Freunde -the album’ where The Hitchers would find themselves in a rarefied air scenario rubbing shoulders with some of their own biggest heroes including Billy Bragg, The Wedding Present, The Proclaimers, New Order and Half Man Half Biscuit. More recently, the song turned up in the mainstream media again -this time on BBCs Football Focus -in a homáge to the tiny wee Scotsman being appointed manager of his country. Catch them live in Ireland in June.
Dates are :
26.6.2015 ENNIS Brandons + special guests The Buzzmonkeys
27.6.2015 LIMERICK Kasbah Social Club + special guests to be announced.
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