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The first offering of Hank Wedel's work with Irish producer Declan Sinnott, (“Poe Park 2AM” ) who is well known for his work with Irish folk singer legends Christy Moore and Mary Black. One of ten songs recorded during 2020, in between Irish lockdowns, this song is the first to be released for an upcoming album by Hank. It details a real life, late night incident in The Bronx NYC in 1990.

Musicians on “Poe Park 2 AM” include Mary Greene on backing vocals, Hank’s “Open Kitchen” bandmates James O'Sullivan on harmony vocals and Brian Carroll on percussion. Hank plays acoustic guitar and sings on the track with Declan on slide guitar and orchestrating all the rest in production.

Born in Dayton, Ohio (1963), Hank was raised in New York City and in Mallow, Co. Cork. Based for many years in Cork City, Ireland, the singer-songwriter-guitarist has performed thousands of gigs throughout the world, from the North Pole to Lanzarote (in the Canary Islands), from Maine to Sao Paulo and from Oklahoma to Azerbijan in The Caspian Sea.

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He’s played solo and with various bands, most notably “Princes Street,” “Open Kitchen” and “Small Town Talk” Over the years, he has been a regular visitor to NYC,  performing at well-known Irish venues as well as songwriting showcase venues downtown.

Among the artists Hank’s performed with are Shane McGowan, Mary Black, Kila, Philomena Begley, Bono and Christy Moore... Christy covered Hank’s song “Listen” and made it the title track of his best selling album on Sony Records in 2009.

Prior to the current global pandemic, Hank and Irish mandolin maestro Ray Barron held a 26-year Monday night residency at Charlies Bar in Cork City.  

On St. Patrick’s Day 2002, in the wake of September 11, Hank and his band Open Kitchen were invited perform his song entitled “New Yorkers” on the Observation Deck of The Empire State Building.  In 2007, Hank made a special guest appearance on “AzeriStars,” a TV show in Baku, Azerbaijan with world-renown Mugham singer Gulyanag Mammadova singing Hank’s song, “Maiden’s Tower.”

In 2012, Hank released a single entitled "Mighty Fine." The track was his first ever digital release and it reached No. 4 on the Irish iTunes Singles Chart within two weeks of release. Hank’s 2016 album “Living In The Land of Love,” produced by Christian Best is available across all streaming platforms.


Poe Park 2AM
(Wedel) IMRO
 
Verse 1
Feeling' The Heatbeat of The City
sittin' down on Poe's front porch
Chillin' out the pulse of the city, yeah
hopin' that Poe would pass the torch
but the caretaker growled (get outta here!)
and away we did crawl
Under the gate
with my guitar and 'all...
 
Verse 2
Strollin' down The Concourse
she had her shows in her hand
Strollin' down The Grand Concourse
I could not understand
why The Caretaker growled
and away we did run.
All we were doin' was havin some
havin some fun...
 
Instrumental Break
 
Bridge:
You know The Bronx is so battered
So bloodshot
so torn
But Poe Park can be mellow
at 2 ....
in the morn!
 
Verse 3:
Feeling' The Heatbeat of The City
sittin' down on Edgar Allen Poe's front porch
Chillin' out the pulse of old New York City, yeah...
Hopin' that Poe would pass the torch
but the caretaker growled (get outta here!)
and away we did  fly...
FLY...HIGH!
 
 C Hank Wedel (IMRO)

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