Jinx Lennon holds up a surreal mirror to Ireland’s lunacy

Punk poet and singer-songwriter Jinx Lennon has over nine albums held up a surreal mirror to Ireland’s post-crash spiral and new bubble fakery, with oblique observations that are always a few steps ahead of the rest of us.

With his venom centred on small town attitudes, “McGregor beards”, gombeen politicians, the homeless crisis (on 2006’s City of Styrofoam Cups) and whatever else you’re pissed off with, Jinx is an amazing spoken word artist even without his acoustic guitar and effects. He calls it cosmic schizo folk, but it’s a whole lot more.

  • Jinx Lennon plays The Thomas House in Dublin tonight (Friday), for €15