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Luke Hurley guitarist and singer songwriter from New Zealand.

Luke Hurley - jungle video

Thinking about a lockdown video stream

Hi friends.

Prior to LOCKDOWN Jonathan Woodford Robinson called with a novel request. He wants to do a live stream for me in two weeks time and wondered which app would work best. I don’t know but someone reading this does so please if you be that person then get in touch so we can invite you into the project. It’s something to do during LOCKDOWN thats all the fun of a gig but without leaving home. Perfect!

Editors Note: Of course under lockdown rules the logistics of filming are more difficult so Jonathan will be remote producing but…

Jono has edited some great movies including District Nine – my favourite. Vickers is the ultimate tragicomic antihero and that’s something worth aspiring to.

With the imminent entry into virtual reality gigging online gigs are a no brainer. Gigs can become larger than life without all the huge hassles of travel.

I was recently introduced to a virtual reality graphic novel where you can virtually walk around life sized three dimensional illustrations. It’s sensational. The way of the future for gigs also.

Keep safe and don’t freak out and if you want a road map of how we got to this point then check out my albums on www Bandcamp. Com  My take on humans and how dumb we are. Ha ha. Fact is we need help but the last thing we would ever do is ask for it.

On that note. If there is anything I can do for you don’t hesitate to ask and if you have a few bones to throw please support my Bandcamp stall by listening to my song theories and tunes and if you feel moved to do so fire an electronic digit or two our way.

Make a donation – during livestream or just to help Luke now

Thanks to all of you who have bought the new album or made donations too. (Note: you can still order the vinyl online but deliveries will be delayed.)

By the way we have a few releases ready to launch so watch this space. Jan Bille has come up with a great production to follow up on the vinyl release Happy Isles

Anyways stay safe. Enjoy the time out & ask the absolute for lucidity.

Will write again soon

Here is recent video for ‘Lord of The Jungle’. Jungle being its new incarnation.
Here is a song I wrote with Chris Benges & Doug Wright for a capping week gig at Otago University about 84 or even earlier re-recorded last year by Jan Bille in Diamond Harbour – he also made this video. It’s a good one for live gigs. Might play it in the livestream

 

What do you think?

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Music is the alchemy of the human spirit

Hi friend’s.

Just because we are faced with great danger doesn’t mean we have to give in to the mourning news pumping us up with angst and despair barking out hoarding and avoiding suggestions all deigned to move products so fast the shelf stackers have trouble keeping up.

Public gatherings are being cancelled / postponed. Everything’s closing and people are getting pummelled with news. Speculation opinion. Social justice warrioring.

And fear and angst is the general mood
Or is it?

BAND CAMP IS OFFERING TO DO THEIR PART IN THIS TIME OF GREAT STRESS
THEY ARE GONNA WAIVE FEES TO ARTISTS WHO HOST THEIR ALBUMS WITH BANDCAMP

That means me

https://lukehurley.bandcamp.com/

So if you can please help out so this crumbling empire of sound can keep going and if you have an suggestions of where I can play please let me know. In these times tiny gigs might be just the thing so let’s do some house concerts and limit the numbers to within the acceptable protocols.

Fact is we gotta keep moving in these high risk times. I been predicting it for a long time and have always avoided the so called big time.

“These are the days of tiny. The little time is the new big time”.

Let’s go for the little time.
It’s less contagious.
It’s hearty.
It’s convivial.
Its human.

We don’t need to isolate we just need to scale back and adopt the agreed safety measures.

As for terms like social distancing. Well.  I prefer to call it measured sane response to danger  and just carry on but with caution and consideration for others yes?

Please send us suggestions of how to conduct micro events in a way that ticks all the virus wary boxes.

We are needed in these times to keep morale up. Music is the alchemy of the human spirit. We can be soul doctors in the turmoil

AROHA

luke

Editors Note: Photos taken in the last few weeks before latest news on pandemic.

Little & Local

Snells Beach Friday 3rd of April / Postponed

Update: Sat 21st March – This event has been postponed. Apologies everyone. But Covid 19 restrictions mean it is inadvisable to hold the event till later.

Live @ Little & Local presents: Snells Beach Friday 3rd of April 7:30pm.

Little & LocalLuke Hurley – consummate guitarist / singer / songwriter

“I love tactile stuff even if many can’t be bothered with it. I want to hold it and put it on a spinny thing and know it cost me money and it cost me time and it cost me all the best years of my mind. Vinyl records are tactile; to me they represent true personality; true music that becomes part of who we are.”

Thus speaks Luke Hurley on the eve of his first vinyl release since the late eighties. Happy Isles is his new album, the 10th collection of songs in a thirty-year career that has seen him perform in concert halls, cafes, festivals and street corners the world over.

Luke is a consummate guitarist / singer songwriter based in Auckland. He will be bringing his raw and attention-grabbing acoustic music to Mahurangi East on Friday 3 April.

His concert will kick off the ‘Autumn Sessions 2020’ at the Little and Local Coffee Kitchen in Snells Beach. The Autumn Sessions will take place on the first Friday of each month and will include an open mic segment show casing local singers and poets and musicians.

“Luke comes from the singer/songwriter tradition,” says Live @ Little & Local Mark Raffills. “He is a hard-working troubadour who believes in the joy of making music and performing it where the people are. His guitar playing is brilliant, his voice is raw and his songs have bite!.

Explaining a little of the process that produced his new album Happy Isles, Luke quotes poet William Blake and credits producer Jan Bille with helping him develop the sound for the new album.

“Blake said that ‘opposition is true friendship’ and producer Jan Bille certainly put me through ‘bootcamp’ to get the best out of me and the songs. He awakened in me a will to fight and the courage to take risks. We spent some months working on something that turned out to be a big wide sky!

The show at Little & Local Coffee Kitchen kicks off at 7.30 pm with an open mic session featuring local poets and musicians. Luke will take the stage around 8.15pm for a 40 minute set.

Doors open at 7.00 pm and Little & Local Coffee Kitchen looks forward to welcoming you to an entertaining evening of great musicianship and lyrics to muse on. $10 at the door. Coffee and counter food available.

ENDS
Further info: Mark Raffills, 027 2154 969

Update: Covid-19  Please check link at left for any updates. Especially this > “You will need to consider what you can do to ensure the safety of people attending your gathering regardless of size.

  • If someone is unwell, they should not attend gatherings of any size.
  • If someone has returned from overseas and needs to be in self-isolation, they should not attend gatherings of any size.”

Caption: Luke Hurley brings his big, wide sky songs and music to the Little & Local Coffee Kitchen to kick off the monthly series of concerts for 2020.

Kaiwaka says hello

Happy Isles CD Coming

Hello friends. Hope you are well and happy. If you need someone to talk to dial 0800pizza. Or call me and I will call by and play for you 0210 2592 919. If you have an out of town gig then so much the better. The photo up top  is from Kaiwaka – Eutopia cafe last week.

Last week I played a gig at a venue designed for career drunkards and got fired for taking a long break to get some relief from a big table of of highly wasted girl gang members talking extremely loudly with their table virtually part of the stage. The people who came to hear me were dining inside out of view with no chance of enjoying the show. Depressing? What do you think?

But that’s a normal gig in these happy isles. Drunks often get to call the shots coz they generate the profits. So. I guess we have to tolerate them and learn moron as a second language

Anyways I wanna tour these Happy Isles and the world beyond please invite me somewhere or suggest places pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease. My new email for this is. Lukehurley @ protonmail.com

By the way. The new album will be out on cd as well as record but we will be needing pre-sales.

A happy customer
A happy customer with Happy Isles vinyl

If at any stage you pre bought a vinyl record then make sure you let us know if it hasn’t arrived yet.

If you want to pre-buy a cd please do so as it makes it easier to make them to the highest quality in super jewel cases that don’t crack and fall apart.  (Ed’s Note: We are working on this and setting up a pre-sale option right now.)

I love tactile stuff even if many can’t be bothered with it. I want to hold it and put it on a spinny thing and know it cost me money and it cost me time and it cost me all the best years of my mind. You can lean on my machine friends.

Aroha
Luke

Graham Reid on Elsewhere wrote a review thanks Graham.

Listen below to the whole album for free

Luke Hurley - Happy Isles

Happy Isles album Released today

Hello friends. Long time no write. I love  this simple direct old school blog way and we are  also linking instagram so it’s soon gonna be possible to add videos and stills to this blog (more easily) including your  input . Follow along on IG

Happy Isles - Vinyl - Luke Hurley

The new album which took two months to record and mix down in Lyttelton and Diamond harbour is now physically in stock and we just pushed the button on the 12 inch record release….

My first record since 1987.  This one is either a good listen or a good investment or both. The skills of producers Jan Bille and Ian McAllister exceeded expectations. Very happy with Happy Isles.

If ya wanna make an album talk to these guys first. Audio Centric IG

OK so here’s the plan. How about I  turn up and play at your place. Big house or small. Anywhere at all. Invite me and  your buddies and  let’s move these records before the bailiffs do. This project took a lot of work and a pile of loans which need to be paid.

In other words. Call me now 021 0259 2919 and invite me to launch Happy Isles at yours. It’s gonna work but only if you guys get behind it. Very confident you will!

Aroha
Luke

Have a listen to the whole album below.

If you live outside NZ we can ship the album to you.  Some notes on shipping over here and bandcamp has a table for the main countries.

If you are in Auckland Flying Out in Pitt St has a small number of the vinyl albums in stock.  They can also help with turntables too. We are hoping to have copies at selected places in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin too. Pennylane Records at 430 Colombo Street in Christchurch has stock now.

Playing at Mt Albert Market on corner of Asquith and New North Rd till about 12 noon on Sat 29th then at Diablos in Kerikeri on Sat night if you want to see the album hear some of the new songs live. Also on Sunday Morning at Kerikeri markets. Now playing at Eutopia cafe on Sunday 1st of March from 11:30am till 2pm.

If you pickup a copy of the album where Luke is playing and want to pay online this button below is the best way to pay if you don’t have cash. It misses out the delivery fees. Also – once we have your email address we can send you a download code. It still uses PayPal so we don’t see your card details and they are kept safe 🙂

Buy Happy Isles Vinyl $40 (NZD)

Luke Hurley new album Happy Isles

Happy Isles – Pre-Release

Happy Days – the new album is nearly ready. Literally at the pressing plant where the new vinyl is being made fresh at Holiday Records in Auckland.

Credits: Captured/ Produced by Jan Bille in Diamond Harbour (Christchurch) August 2019. Post production and mastering by Ian McAllister at Audio Centric Christchurch. September-October 2019. No overdubs.

Cover art by Justin Summerton. Design by Panaita.com
Many thanks to first edition sponsors: Holiday Records, Simon Raby, Chris Rankin, John Appleby, Dorothy Brown, Paul Hurley.

There are 8 songs. On side 1. Happy Isles, Colour of Your Skin and Alba.
On Side 2: Ting Tong, Hamilton Dome, Whero, Green Man and Diamond Friday is the full track listing.

Stay tuned for release timetable for the music and the vinyl. If you are already on the mail list we will know more about release timetable soon. We are thinking it should be ready in the first or second week of Feb but hoping it is sooner.

We are also talking with some record stores which specialise in vinyl and where you can go to see and hear the physical album. The full price is $40 but fine tuning all the logistics now.

 

About Happy Isles - new Album

About Happy Isles – new Album

So friends – it’s taken since the latter part of 1980s until 2019 for anyone to take the very brave step of setting up a pressing plant here and we have decided to get right behind the guys at HOLIDAY RECORDS and give them the business on my latest album entitled HAPPY ISLES.

Here is the track listing for the vinyl album which is being pressed right now. Track 3 is a version of Albatross for 2019

Side 1
1) Happy Isles
2) Colour of your Skin
3) Alba
Side 2
4) Ting Tong
5) Hamilton Dome
6) Whero
7) Green Man
8) Diamond Friday

As you can see from the playlist there’s only one song familiar. It’s the first song I ever wrote and has evolved greatly in the many years I have been playing it. Jan Bille produced it and he’s working with Ian McAllister on post production and getting it  ready for pressing.

There is a saying “the more things change the more they stay the same” never a truer word especially regarding records  – they are the ultimate archive.  Digital is by comparison way less immediate and retrievable down the line.  Historically records have increased in value.  Downloads aren’t tactile and analogue will never die folks plus you get the big picture in its big picture sleeve.

The Happy Isles album is  test press ready so this is a real thing and ready to go. Of all the songs one only is revised :Albatross.My first song! has evolved to a another level

“Colour of your Skin” deals with the fact that we are all the same colour under our various tones.  Green man is not about a trivial thing. I mean we gotta learn to face each other in real life and not once removed on a tiny “hopeless little screen” to quote Lenny.

Having Jan Bille as producer helped get me back on my horse. I had got obsessed with developing guitar styles and he reminded me to concentrate more on writing now the music is developed for the new sound. This new album involved months working on something that turns out to be a big wide sky ; the discovery of a mystical soundscape. It’s gonna be a production classic. Good songs help too! Ha ha.

There is an old saying that everybody gets out of the way if you know where you are going.

It started with Jan believing in me and putting me thru “bootcamp” and revealing to me things in my character that i needed to work on. William Blake said that “opposition is true friendship”

Jan gave me a hard time and when i fought back he congratulated me observing that my will to fight was back… a will to live and let live and the courage to take risks.

He pulled me back from the edge. I was going nowhere and I think he sensed it and did his best to wake me up. Like a passenger shaking a sleepy driver so they don’t take a detour down the mountain.

We stumbled on this big blue sky sound. Jan and Ian are truely great people and it’s a pleasure to work with them.

Auckland concert coming up at Ellen Melville Theatre on 17th of November. An early booking helps with planning. Please consider a presale deal for the record/cd and call me if you need live music at yours 021 0259 2919

Keep it simple I am happy to help you if you are happy to help me – how does that sound?

Concert Ticket $20 (NZD)

Or check the Tickets page if you want to buy more than 1 ticket online…

Many thanks to those who donated for the first progress payment which got us to first base. Lets keep going so we can have an actual record for the first time since 1986. If you would like help this album get finished and released. Pre order sales for Vinyl /CD that would be a big help.

*Vinyl $40 (NZD) Keen on new Vinyl depending on scale prices up to $50 – conditions apply. Formats are tricky and volumes are needed to make this work. You will get a download of the new album when it is ready. We think in February. We are still working out logistics but this is a limited edition pressing. Packaging and posting for a vinyl album costs from $12-20 and so we are working on ways to lower or eliminate that cost. We expect some stores in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will also have the vinyl in stock but more news to come on that soon.

When released we will redirect to the buy button on bandcamp as we will need addresses for delivery and so on.