Humble Hooligans Hit Honolulu Next Week
I confess, my very limited awareness ofÂ indie IrishÂ music begins and ends with the local Celtic rock band Doolin’ Rakes, and that’s only because I’m a fan of founder and guitarist Jamie Winpenny, who is both a talented musician and a talented writer.
But I do know what I like, and to me there’s somethingÂ irresistible about theÂ quintessential (if not stereotypical) Irish sound. A raw blend of traditional and cutting edge, an energy that can range from fierce toÂ fluttery in a single song, and foot-stomping rhythms that make it impossible to sit still.
And to hear it live? It’s electrifying.
On Tuesday, the Humble HooligansÂ Â â€” an Irish rock, folk and punk band out of Long Beach, Calif.Â â€” are kicking off a nearly week long Oahu tour. The band, “comprised of an eclectic group of talented ruffians,” according to their website, promises “a wicked good live show.”
The HooligansÂ actually came through townÂ last FebruaryÂ (here’s a video of a performance at Anna O’Brien’s in Waikiki), and apparentlyÂ tour in Hawaii every year. “It was so much fun being there meeting new people, hiking, snorkeling, you name it,” the band wrote of their last visit.
In fact,Â a couple of members of the band’s current lineÂ up have island ties. Singer Troy Dunham saysÂ he’s “Hawaiian Irish,” and notes that drummer Eric “Totally” Awesome has a nephew who lives in Hawaii.
“Its not about Irish or Hawaiian, its about great music and good times,” Dunham says. “And the Irish scene is actually really big [in Hawaii] with several national touring acts coming through regularly.”
The Humble Hooligan’s Oahu tour schedule is as follows:
- Tuesday, April 14: Boardriders Bar & Grill in Kailua
- Wednesday, April 15 at O’Toole’s Pub in Downtown Honolulu
- Thursday, April 16 at Kelly O’Neil’s inÂ Waikiki
- Friday, April 17 at O’Toole’s Pub in Downtown Honolulu
- Saturday, April 18 at Kelly O’Neil’s in Honolulu
- Sunday, April 19 at Irish Rose Saloon inÂ Waikiki