The irreverent New Yorker Hamell on Trial came to town back in February and is always a must-see. I hadn’t seen him since the days of the long-gone Lobby where I had been warned by friends not to sit up the front if you didn’t want to get a mouthful of Hamell sweat! Not much has changed although in Cyprus Avenue Hamell was that much further back from the crowd. Ed Hamell is one of those singers who can spin tales just as well as everything else on stage. If you ever get the chance to see this guy, grab it with both hands, but remember, keep a safe distance.