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Hamsandwich

Olympia Theatre Saturday 19th of April
**Tickets €20 incl. booking fee on sale this Friday at 10am**


Hamsandwich are delighted to announce our biggest headline show to date in Dublin's Olympia Theatre on Saturday 19th April 2014. Tickets priced €20 inclusive of booking fee go on sale this Friday at 10am from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and www.ticketmaster.ie .

The band are currently in the studio recording their next album to follow the critically & commercially successful “White Fox” and are absolutely delighted to be launching the as of yet titled long-player in one of Ireland's most prestigious venues, Dublin's Olympia Theatre.

“It is both an honour and a pleasure to be playing a gig at the Olympia. It's such an iconic venue, and over the years we have had a few chances to play there with Barretstown for example, but now we get to tackle it all on our own! It's very exciting to be playing our new music to people in this wonderful venue!” enthuses the band's vocalist Niamh Farrell. “Over the years I have seen some of my favourite bands play in the Olympia and those gigs are always the ones I remember so hopefully we can create some great memories for others!"

Hailing from Kells, Hamsandwich have become one of the most endearing music acts in Ireland today producing a steady diet of pop-tinged melodic songs featuring the combination of Niamh Farrell's powerful yet sweet vocal and Podge McNamee's juxstaposing baritone thus giving the band its signature calling card. As their fan base continues to grow steadily as the band pushes the boundaries with their all hands on deck style of song writing, instrumentation, & arrangements, Hamsandwich are now regarded as one of the best drawing live acts in the country where the band's live shows have consistently garnered excellent reviews.

With their 2nd album "White Fox" regularly in the charts & their singles gaining regular radio play across the country, they are now considered one of the most enthralling Irish acts in recent times and have developed a well-earned reputation for their incindary live performances. If ever there was a band to feed off their audience it is Hamsandwich. Each show is bona fide celebration with everything from balloons and confetti to their unique crowd interaction on display. Recent years have seen them conquering some of Europe's top festivals, including Ireland's own Oxegen Festival and Electric Picnic as well as Spain's Benicassim Festival, the UK's Glastonbury festival, Leeds and Reading Festivals, Berlin's PopKomm, South-By-Southwest in Austin, Texas, and were featured in the Lisboa Irish festival in the Portuguese capital. Recently they performed with Mumford and Sons in Dublin's Phoenix Park on the big stage at Slane Castle supporting Bon Jovi.

With 2013 being the year of The Gathering, this year's Discover Ireland  TV and Radio campaign is soundtracked by the Hamsandwich song "Models", which was part of their set when they performed at the official launch in front of 10,000 people in Dublin's College Green to bring in the new year alongside of Imelda Maye, Bell-X1, and The Dubliners. Recently the band received an unexpected accolade when the Irish Times senior music journalist Tony Clayton-Lea included the band's second "White Fox" in his book "101 Irish Records You Must Hear Before You Die".

See Hamsandwich in the Olympia Theatre on Saturday 19th of April . Doors 7pm. Tickets priced €20 inclusive of booking fee go on sale this Friday at 10am from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and www.ticketmaster.ie .

 
     
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Some rock bands fret too much about the successful fusion of commerce and creativity. Some rock bands think they can second-guess the music fan by blending strategies for world domination with mix-and-match, catch-all music. Ham Sandwich, however, instinctively react to rock music more than spending too much time thinking about it – which is nowhere near as bad as it might sound – and it is this that marks them out as one of the best Irish rock acts of recent years.

Ham Sandwich have been around and about in one very interesting shape or another since 2003, but it wasn't until the autumn of 2005 – with the release of their debut single, ‘Sad Songs' – that they began to be known outside their home county of Meath. The band formed, says singer/guitarist Podge McNamee, due to founding member/bass player Johnny Moore's creative urge to be always one step ahead of the posse. Balancing ambition and risk is a tricky thing to get right, but with Moore's astute knack for understated, engaging craft and McNamee's liking for juggling quirk, strangeness and charm, stability reigned supreme. “I'd always had an urge to be in a band,” says Podge, whose early ambitions lay in stand-up comedy, “and although up to that point I'd done nothing to show that I could be in a band, Johnny thought there was something about me that made him think I could be. I think he liked the fact that I could be anything at all.”

Alongside Moore and McNamee were co-vocalist Niamh Farrell (whose experience at the time amounted to little other than singing in a few bands in Glasgow), guitarist Darcy and drummer Ollie Murphy. Chemistry has a curious way of working, and within weeks the band clicked through a mixture of varying musical influences, a singular love of kitsch, and a healthy distaste for anything within an ass's roar of mediocrity.

“It was more the relief of being in a band than anything else,” says Podge of early ambitions. “I knew I wouldn't have been able to learn for myself, so I had to have someone to get me involved. I mean, I literally didn't know how to plug in a guitar. And for at least the first year of gigging, I had to borrow amps and a guitar. When we started the first rehearsals, we knew Niamh was going to be the singer, and not much else. You could say I showed up to be trained!”

“It was great, though,” recalls Niamh. “We were in it for being in a band, but it got serious quite quickly. We were still in rehearsals when a major record label came to hear us, so we thought, well, we could be on to something here.

“We were a total mess back then, though,”
claims Podge, “and I think that was totally down to me because I was such a rookie. I wanted to go crazy on stage, but I didn't have the skills to keep the music together at the same time. If I'd been boring I'd have concentrated on the music, but I didn't want to be too po-faced on stage.”

Inevitably, levels of ambition and confidence grew as the band became more proficient. Each subsequent single release (including ‘St Christopher' and ‘Click…Click…Boom') received more positive responses than the previous one. In early 2008, their debut album, ‘Carry The Meek', was released. Within days, the band was a recipient of the Meteor Music Hope for 2008 Award. The remainder of 2008 was spent touring the album, getting to know the songs inside out, and being aware of the difference between entertainment and novelty value.

“When I think about how I was at the start…” says Podge. “The band had such patience with me, because at least three out of five gigs would have been more or less shameful because of me. Yes, there would have been an element of entertainment at the same time, but now, personally, I'd rather be good musically and not shambolically entertaining. We never wanted to be a laughing stock...”

Fast-forward to late 2009, and the release of ‘Out Of The Darkness', the first single from Ham Sandwich's forthcoming, as yet untitled second album (due for release in the first half of 2010). Channelling the kind of pop smarts that most bands would sell their souls for, ‘Out Of The Darkness' is a new chapter in the band's creative life: the application of even more craft with a double helping of musical eloquence. And there's more of this in the pipeline.

“With ‘Carry The Meek',” says Podge, “some of the structures of the songs are fine, but there's repetition there. With the songs for the new album we want to be more crafted, more influential, perhaps. The one thing I'm happy with already is that I don't think the second album will be anywhere like our first. At the same time, it'll be more grown up, with a little bit more sophistication. The first album was practically all electric guitar; the new album will be more musically varied – and not for the sake of it, either. It's just that we're getting our heads around different instruments. It's a natural evolvement, and more texture is no harm.”

“We've definitely grown up since ‘Carry The Meek',” maintains Niamh. “In terms of all of us getting involved in the song writing process and, I suppose, just maturing as people. Making the song structures more interesting is crucial for both the listener and the band, because it holds the attention for longer.”

Ham Sandwich are currently putting the finishing touches to their sophomore Album as yet untitled and will be released late this year.

 
 
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