Fringe 2016: Ham Sandwich

I’m ashamed to say that previous to this night I had never seen Ham Sandwich live. I can now go as far as to say that Ham Sandwich are a national treasure! The 5 piece from Kells, fierce vocalist Niamh Farrell, charming baritone Podge McNamee on vocals, guitar, ukulele and general banter, energetic Brian Darcy on piano, David McEnroe on bass and Ollie Murphy on drums made me feel at home from the get go. The marketing for the show told us to expect an intimate gig and this did not disappoint. The chemistry and onstage banter between Farrell and McNamee is particularly enticing.

Niamh tells us there will be special guests tonight. Podge jokes that he feels like they are doing a Ham Sandwich version of ‘The Imelda May Show’. The band have always been known for supporting and showcasing homegrown talent and tonight is no different. Ronan and Shane from Delorentos joined first, followed by the musical stylings of the ever hilarious Foil, Arms and Hog who join on glockenspiel, guitar and triangle. Our last guest is Sinead White who compliments Niamh’s vocals on ‘I Feel Love’.

The night features favourites like ‘Wild Fox’ ‘The Naturist’, ‘Ants’ and their now classic cover of ‘This Must Be the Place’. Their magical mix of indie rock and traditional folk music is especially present in ‘Apollo’, an epic from their most recent album ‘Stories from the surface’. Their playful and energetic stage presence combines with the magical surroundings of The Spiegeltent to create an enchanting evening.

Áine O’Hara

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