Snowing in Dunedin - cold fingers warming up

The Coast

If you haven’t really checked it out then this is a good time to do so. “Coast” is where it’s at. With a population – I am told-of just under 30 thousand there’s a spread spanning Karamea (where nobody has the time to go coz Coast trips don’t often include her on the itinerary) to glacier districts and beyond.

It’s massive and it’s beautiful and experiencing a new gold rush. At this time it’s less about primary produce and more about working remotely in paradise. Once the telco infrastructure is in place we will be able to live anywhere including in this greenies paradise. The last frontier is opening up.

The place where you can create your masterpiece in a space that is teeming with natural spaces and friendly solitude. Unlike the austere beauty of over-consumed Queens town and Wanaka you can enjoy the more friendly accessible wonders of towns like Hokitika Greymouth Westport and the long reach to Karamea.

Why is this all relevant for a musician?  Well.  I guess it’s only relevant if you want to play and create in a place that has the space to appreciate what you have to offer. Coast has not only the inspiration. It also has the gift of appreciation. Coasters welcome artistic sojourners from the big smoke.  You can experience the friendliness and go back to the big smoke refreshed and replenished deep down in your soul.

Unfortunately the “DEVELOPERS” know that this remote artspace is opening up but they haven’t quite worked out how to exploit it in their usual utilitarian way. So there is a great potential for a genuinely creative way…. A non land stripping disneyfying hellywoodising way. A way that speaks to the heart and the soul and informs that part of society that has been wham-bammed for the longest time. It’s the artists turn to colonise this wondrous coast and heal it and nurture it and bring TLC to its’ people.

Visit it often. It rewards the visitor hugely and now that the big OE is no longer an option why not support this part of our fair islands?

If you feel like lunch and coffee whilst listening to my toons why not hang out with me in Westport this weekend. Txt me if you get this message 021 0259 2919 and I will invite you for a coffee. This is a great place for a convivial chat

Hokitika Concert

Hokitika – Luke Live

This Thursday night from 7pm
$40 entry

I ain’t played in Hoki for a decade or two so please come along if you can as it’s my only coast show and I have to drive from Dunedin in the snow to do it. Really appreciate your help to promo this gig as its only just been booked and we have a very tiny promo window.

A shopping cart will display immediately below  for tickets and this will allow you to make secure payments from your credit card via PayPal. At the concert you can also make an online payment for a copy of Happy Isles on vinyl. If you would like the shipping and/ or the download version of Happy Isles that is over here.

1 Hokitika concert ticket $40  (NZD)

Two Hokitika concert tickets $80  (NZD)

1 vinyl copy of Happy Isles for $40 at concert (NZD)

Luke Hurley – Happy Isles Valley Concert

Food and drink provided. More details below.

A shopping cart will display immediately below  for tickets and this will allow you to make secure payments from your credit card via PayPal. At the concert you can also make an online payment for a copy of Happy Isles on vinyl. If you would like the shipping and/ or the download version of Happy Isles that is over here.

1 Valley Baptist concert ticket $40  (NZD)

Two Valley Baptist concert tickets $80  (NZD)

1 vinyl copy of Happy Isles for $40 at concert (NZD)

Justin Summerton - painter

Paintings and a concert

Hello friends check out these images taken at Justin Summertons studio. You might recognise the surreal Wanaka picture we have used for Happy Isles. It’s stunning to see the textured original. It’s wild. Justin has the work that would justify big recognition and he doesn’t push it. Someone needs to support this work…

 

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Voila! the original

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It’s truly great… it brings joy to the soul. He should be a household name but you know how the art world goes. Dire Straits sums it up In the Gallery

Valley Baptist Sat 19th SeptDid two gigs in the weekend Blueskin Gallery Waitati and Best Cafe Dunedin. As before we got capacity audiences and this Saturday there is the concert at a hall next to a church. Am told its a great room but have yet to check it out.

Here are the details. Click the event link below. Ticket link is on the event page with the map etc.

Happy Isles at Valley Baptist Sat 19th Sept

Discovered in the last two shows an amazing sound from using an Aer Alpha linked to a QSC speaker. Such a full sound by this little boost.

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Sunday Night – Best Cafe 2

DRINK + SHOW* $20 🍺
DINNER + SHOW** $30 🍽
Phone 027 552 8299 to reserve your table
* Drink + Show = One drink on entry + seat for the show
** Dinner + Show = One fish of the day meal + seat for the show

Note: This event is subject to Covid-19 rules.