Before the War

Listening party for Before the War

We hope you can tune in our listening party on bandcamp on Monday night NZ time.
Its 8pm NZ / 6PM Australia. Can try to do other times for US / EU listeners if there is some interest.

We play the album through and talk about songs etc.
This is an online event on bandcamp. It would be great if you can tune in for a listen.

Your invite here Please RSVP if you can.

Before the War is a new album 15th album is a series. All 15 are free to listen to on bandcamp and here too.

PS Update: Thanks everyone who logged in to say hello at the listening party. Thanks also to those who have bought a copy of the album already. The first 6 people to buy copies were in Canada, the US, NZ, Italy, Sweden and Germany.

(Eds note: Not everyone downloads the album so not everyone shows up on the supporters list. It is possible to leave the album on bandcamp and just stream it from there using that app or you can download and add it to your other music libraries.)

Most of those people tuned in plus a few more for the first listening party. Extra credits to “rumoursofglory” for getting up at 4am and the person or people in Italy – thanks again. It was great hearing from you all and planning the next one soon .

If you missed the listening party there is a plan to do more for this album and possibly some of the others too. Which other albums should be featured next? – let me know please. Listen to the whole album below.

Shayne Carter Dead People book

Dunedin music month

Writing to you from Taste Nature in Dunedin. Good place to discover great food and good company and ideal for blog writing.

Tomorrow playing at the inch bar it’s like a real Irish pub…. genuine conviviality personified which is rare in these days of nothing but www. The Inch Bar is near the Botanic Gardens in North Dunedin.

I still reckon an old fashioned newsletter like this is relevant in a sea of mainstream alternatives like instagram…

Been reading this book by Shayne Carter. ‘Dead People I Have Known.’ The front cover photo on the book comes from the She Speeds video in 1987 (John Collie.) ISBN 9781776562213. The book came out in 2019.

Powerful writing “We’ve all been young and stupid”.

He writes real good. You gotta check it out.

If you are in or near Dunedin or have friends there do come to the gig at Inch Bar tomorrow night. Phone me on 021 025 9219 if you have space for a house concert or an event you would like to do.

May is music month in NZ but really every month is music month and book month.



The Scene - Arrowtown preview

South Island Tour continues

Suffice it to say the Arrowtown gig went very well and we are planning another one so if you would like a ticket to it let me know. Here is what Leanne Malcolm wrote on March 29, 2024. Stop, Luke and listen (link below) and the first couple of paragraphs here

Singer-songwriter Luke Hurley’s feeling optimistic, which surprises him.

The Auckland-based muso’s preparing for a weekend gig at Arrowtown’s The Fork and Tap and says getting older’s had a positive influence on his music and state of mind.

The 66-year-old’s slipped under the commercial radar his entire musical life — he seems unfazed by once being labelled ‘‘one of New Zealand’s great unknown musicians’’.

He first became known as a busker and still enjoys street performing, but likens it to taking a ‘‘cold plunge’’.

‘‘Often times I feel shy or embarrassed about it, but if a musician wants to cheer themselves up, they should take the cold plunge and busk and find there’s kindness not cruelty in an audience.

‘‘It never fails to amaze me how much I misread people.

‘‘You see a distasteful expression, but you never know what’s going on in that person’s life.’’

He quotes Shakespeare to make his point: ‘‘There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.’’

Anyways in the prelude to that gig a very prominent journalist in Queenstown walked into Bean Around The World Cafe Queenstown where the two Craig’s and me were having a pensive dish of coffee. Journalist had only two things to say.

“Three musicians” he says.
Then he looks at me with a twinkle in his eye and says
“One has been”.
And he was right but Indian Craig pointed out that my career never has been better as this article written by another prominent journalist can attest to…

Read the full Scene review over here.

One thing you could do for us. Would really appreciate support for my recordings spanning back  more than 40 years. If you can spare the time go to my site and have a listen for free to 14 albums.

Any you like and decide to buy so much the better…. It’s not like Spotify as the artist gets most of the koha. It’s an app called band camp. It’s good news for musicians as it’s the kindest music seller online.

As we are looking for work between theses gigs GOLDEN Bear (Nelson) 12 April from 6pm.

The Gantry Port Chalmers 29 April  Got the name wrong. Actualkly called The Galley is at 36 George St in Port Chalmers and used to be called Santosha. Call me for ticket 021 0259 2919

Ruby Bay Store (Nelson) 25th May

Anything on a date in the gaps between these gigs and we will be there with tubular bells on. Just call me and book 021 0259 2919  do it.

We like little gigs…… Anything under 300000

Since we signed out of Taylor Swifts tour we have plenty of dates to fill but hurry.
It has been great talking to you. Don’t hesitate to contact us 021 0259 2919 if you need some great is was and has been inimitable music. OK?

Chris Benjies makes these stunning chess sets (see below). If you want one gis a call. I believe in his work. He’s an expert writer and woodist.


Arrowtown and More (John Dodd)

Arrowtown and More

This time away has been awesome. Got to pitch a song called “Before The War” to the director of a neo western being shot in Arrowtown. As a result of this we got a gig coming up at the Fork and Tap Arrowtown on March 30.

The day before pitching the song Craig offered me a spot in Queenstown where we met a German lady who was touched by my song “The Bridge” dedicated to my late brother Chris. She was moved to tears because the song reminded her of her tragic loss…her father passed away under similar circumstances at the same age within a few weeks of my brothers passing. There is a silver lining to the cloud as the song concerns a recognition not only of the tragedy but also the transition into the mystery…..the original recording times out at 9.28 which is about the time of night it happened.

I will write more on this when the song is released. I recorded it long before Chris passed away. Why am I telling you this? Because it astonished me that the song predates his passing and for years I could not understand what the song was about. One friend after hearing the original studio recording of the as yet unreleased song told me I am lucky to have been given a sign like this.

Tuatara Invercargill was a 🏆 and we again were congratulated by the bar manager. The secret was finding the sweet spot and turning up hours early to get warmed up and invite friends to be the white mouse in the experimental pre gig performance/warm-up . It went well and gave us great confidence in the pre gig melding into the gig itself. I am told that this is a key to getting a better main performance ……there’s no doubt that it is and in more ways than one.

The next stage was Dunedin playing in a house by the sea. We didn’t need to plug in as the acoustics were great. During this visit we also visited Lee and his amazing family. Absolutely beautiful venue he’s making at the hobby farm.

Cedar House the place that Lee returned to its former glory. It was built by the guy who set up the Otago medical school a century or more ago. A lovely place to stay

And the next gig is at a highly esteemed venue in Mapua called The Ruby Bay Store this Saturday from 7pm. Be there or be square.

Many thanks if you read this far and don’t forget to listen to the albums linked to and call me 021 0259 2919 if you can suggest any spontaneous gigs we can do anywhere anytime no matter how big. Got it? Good!

God bless ya’all

Cedar House the place that Lee returned to its former glory. It was built by the guy who set up the Otago medical school a century or more ago. A lovely place to stay

Main picture is John Dodd – the guy who kindly agreed to play on Make Room way back in the day. Was Midge Marsdens wingman and head of the music department at a high-school in Dunedin. Here we are at 7 Balmac in Dunedin. Great Cafe…superb hospitality.

Waitati & Invercargill This Week

Was in Queenstown the other day and a prominent journalist told me I am a has-been while at the same time someone very lovely told me my music was just what the doctor ordered. What do you think?

The next gigs are Tuatara in invers this Saturday from 7pm with my friend Craig Hubber and Sunday at the Blueskin Gallery from 1pm to 4pm. Note: Waitati gig was double booked by them and cancelled at the last moment so sorry to all those who were coming along. Might be some other events in Dunedin or Queenstown instead but will update later on.

After this there is a huge hole in the itinerary so beam us up 👆 if you can. Call me on 021 0259 2919 if you have any leads. No gig too big

Band holds many albums so have a heart to listen close…OK?

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happy trails
Talk soon