Home Girl prepares for a legendry St Patrick’s Night upstairs in Masons.
St Patrick’s Day comes but once a year, and Home Girl know this only too well, that is why they have booked one of Ireland’s finest musical spokesmen Jinx Lennon for the occasion this Saturday night.
Imagine if you will the zeal of an evangelist, the DIY attitude of punk, the lyrical vision that drives Dylan, and the honesty and madness of Mark E Smith, then you pretty much have the world of Jinx Lennon. He is rap with a Dundalk accent, punk with an Irish edge and poetry without any nonsense.
Based in Dundalk Jinx spent his early days in punk bands, but decided to fly solo 6 years ago, since then he has recorded 3 albums, the most recent of which is titled ‘Know Your Station Gouger Nation’, he has toured the States and picked up some famous fans along the way, most notably writer of ‘The Butcher Boy’, Patrick McCabe, who once described him as ‘the most singular and original talent he has come across in years’.
On a personal level Jinx is a quiet and unassuming soul, but on stage he lets his alter ego ‘The Free State Nova’ take over and he becomes an angry, uplifting purveyor of truth and lets rip about all the things that makes his blood boil, his heart fly and his head spin, from housing, to jobs, to racism and even hair loss, nothing and no one is spared. All of this is accompanied by some aggressive guitars, kooky keyboards and on some of the tracks the most beautiful of voices that belongs to partner on stage and in life, Paula Flynn who adds a haunting and indie-fied element to his music.
Jinx’s last visit to Derry was in August last year, and when asked earlier this week about his forthcoming return he said “the last time I played in Derry I couldn’t get over how much the crowd were up for it, there is a really good vibe in the town, I was delighted to be asked back, and I’m really looking forward to this gig”.
Joining Jinx on Saturday will be a host of local legends that are, the unique Sons of Solomon, made up of members from Triggerman and Little Hooks among others. And it might be worth noting that their last appearance was so popular, many disappointed fans were turned away at the door due to over whelming demand to see the supergroup. Also on the night and kicking things off are the upcoming Ard Rí and guest DJ Conal McFeely. Doors are 9pm and Masons have advised that people get down early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets £5 before 10pm and £7 after.
I'm gutted I don't have the funds for a trip to Derry or I'd be SO THERE.
Jinx Lennon is a genius!
there's a great buzz building around this gig, Sons of Solomon are something else too. Cany wait!