Nick Harper flailing his guitar like a wild thing!
Nick Harper © Jennie Lewis
Two of the Wild Hare Club performances that have burned brightest have been those by Nick Harper. Never less than fully committed, Nick is an extraordinary guitarist who has been described as a ‘Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar’ on account of his guitar pyrotechnics as showcased here. This facility as an instrumentalist shouldn’t obscure the fact that Nick is a great songwriter too with songs that embrace pretty much all aspects of what it’s like to be human. Nick can also be very funny as can be heard on his song about that other fabled wit, Dorothy Parker, which you can find on Bandcamp.

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Shane MacGowan - 60 & still smilin'

On Christmas Day, Shane MacGowan turned 60 much to the surprise of yours truly and many others. To celebrate the fact the Irish Government has honoured this extraordinary lyricist and songwriter with a lifetime achievement award and an all-star bash was held in Dublin's National Concert Hall on Monday 15th January, excerpts from which can be found on Youtube. Shane MacGowan - 60 & still smilin'

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