Cult folk hero Michael Hurley will be setting out on his second Australian tour next month. Hurley will also now be appearing at Castlemaine’s Theatre Royal with Chastity Belt (USA) and Darren Hanlon — as well as Northcote Social Club with another buddy, Susie Scurry. Tickets are on sale now.
Hurley will be playing popular favorites that he penned in the past like ‘The Slurf Song’, ‘O My Stars’, ‘In the Garden’ & ‘Wildegeeses’ plus a host of others, unrecorded like ‘Puttin’ Sugar’, ‘Cars’, ‘Jars & Guitars’.
MICHAEL HURLEY TOUR DATES:
- Saturday March 17 @ Wolvi Hall, Gympie – with Darren Hanlon. Tickets on sale now.
- Sunday March 18 @ Junk Bar, Brisbane. Tickets on sale now.
- Tuesday March 20 @ Lennox Sessions, Lennox Head – with Darren Hanlon.
- Wednesday March 21 @ Boo Radley Shed, Glenreagh – with Darren Hanlon. Tickets on sale now.
- Thursday March 22 @ Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney – with Leah Flanagan. Tickets on sale now.
- Friday March 23 @ CWA Hall, Stanwell Park – with Jordan Ireland and Purple Orchestra plus special surprise guest. Tickets on sale now.
- Saturday March 24 @ Smiths Alternative, Canberra. Tickets on sale now.
- Wednesday March 28 @ Saint John, Launceston – with Darren Hanlon. Tickets on sale now.
- Thursday March 29 @ Republic Bar, Hobart – with Darren Hanlon. Tickets on sale now.
- Friday March 30 @ Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – with Chastity Belt (USA) + Darren Hanlon. Tickets on sale now.
- Tuesday April 3 @ Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – with Susie Scurry. Tickets on sale now.
- Easter Weekend, Tallarook at Boogie Festival.
From the the beatniks in the NYC Village where he started in the early 60s, to the hippies in Vermont, to the Americana fans, indie rockers and freak folkers from the last two decades, and those who have covered and championed his songs — from Cat Power to Calexico — Hurley’s music never fails to find fresh new ears. Pressed for a description, Hurley has called it “jazz-hyped blues and country and western music”.
Hurley grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As a teenager in the 1950s he fell in love hearing the music of Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley blast from the radio, and was enthralled by the records of Blind Willie McTell, Hank Williams and Uncle Dave Macon that he sought for his own. This love for music, true and unvarnished, supplied him with a finely tuned musical compass he has not wavered from for 50 years and counting.
Hurley’s early records were released on Folkways, Warner Brothers/Raccoon and Rounder, while in recent years stalwart independent labels like Gnomonsong, Mississippi and Tompkins Square have been carrying the torch. A new album on the Mississippi label is due this spring. Besides being a truly unique musician, Hurley is also a cartoonist and watercolor artist of note — the instantly recognisable results of which grace his album covers, and his Australian tour poster below.
“…I don’t know what else to say about what he writes and sings, other than that it is gosh-darned great. What kind of music is it? Hell, what kind of weeds does God grow? Let’s just shut up and listen and go to where Michael Hurley is. After all, we can always turn around and come back. He can’t.”
– Nick Tosches
“Whether weaving a yarn about a mysterious hog or comparing the human heart to a mechanic’s toolbox, Mr. Hurley create(s) elaborate vistas in a musical version of outsider art”
– Ann Powers / New York Times