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Luke Hurley guitarist and singer songwriter from New Zealand.

Strawberry Tree- Kaikoura

Kaikoura tonight

I’m playing at the Strawberry Tree in Kaikoura tonight. 7pm. 21 W End Kaikoura. No cover charge – come along and please tell your friends. It is an easy drive from Christchurch.

Hi everyone Hope you all happy and healthy The guy who wrote the mission impossible theme tune Lalo Schifrin ? he was told upon arrival in tinsel town that all he had to do was “Go where you’re invited” He claimed this was the best advise ever for getting established.

I figured to do the same in my own zone and cannot claim the same success as he achieved but can testify it opens some amazing doors of perception and brought me to the realisation that nothing is ever as you anticipate its gonna be and it’s probably best to say yes when you can- within reason of course.

In this instance I was invited to Kaikoura its a thriving town in paradise where even the seagulls seem to appreciate music and the locals are really friendly.

I have yet to see a UFO or meet an alien family but am told this is likely and am looking forward to an invitation.

The next big thing here after whale watch would have to be sky watch.  It’s a big sky so expect the unexpected. I saw something i could not explain and that’s just normal here if you come bring a telescope!

Anyway please come to my show tonight if you have time and are in striking distance its a nice drive from Christchurch and there are plenty of places you can stay

Iam keen to be invited anywhere just cover the travel and accom and I would be delighted to turn up in your zone and in turn invite you to mine

Be safe and God bless
Luke

A local view
Kaikoura tonight

Albatross – Song Stories

This was my first song.  It started out as a campaign piece to support the opposition to the Aramoana Aluminum smelter can you imagine how mental that proposal was?

Building such a thing in close proximity to the only albatross colony that is close to a city it would have snapped the golden thread of Dunedins environmental appeal.  It would have been an environmental catastrophe; like the one in bluff that exudes lethal toxins over a massive area and kinda puts the kibosh on other potential industry and all for what?

We run at a loss to support the vandals – enough said.

Anyway, the song became more about comparisons between man & machine vs nature. We can fly high and fast but the envirocost is incalculable.The albatross is loyal and faithful and at one with nature and entwined with mystery.

We by contrast are living by logic and tempered by greed. It’s not logical to shit in our own nest but the ghastly fiction of LTD is our operating system and our psychopathic justifier.

It’s totally nuts but because it’s common practice sanctioned by a crooked legal mechanism – alls well that ends badly.

It’s a good song, tho i say so myself and in fact probs my best song; I should have quit while i was ahead ha ha. Here is a live version from last year. Played on a baritone guitar (Tacoma Thunderhawk) rebuilt by Steve Barkman.

The line that i was proud to find was “every day is your judgement day”.  I feel that a good song is there to be found. It’s like it existed already. All i had to do was chip away the junk around it and reveal the message that was waiting to be found.

It’s like that playing live also the audience can draw new things out of the performer and link their search (with the song.)

Anyway the campaign to stop the madmen from building a smelter was a huge success and I wasn’t directly part of it.  The leader of it was some years later gunned down by David Gray.

I really want to know more about this Save Aramoana issue and write more about it.  Anyone out there remember anyone who was involved with the movement to stop the smelter? (Comment below please.)

The people involved deserve the equivalent of the Victoria cross for environmental heroism.  Dunedin owes them a huge debt of gratitude if only there were more people willing to front up and appose the Licence To Destroy (LTD) merchants.

Listen to another version of the song and buy if you like it ( below.)

Thames

Summer Gigs – Thames & Kerikeri

Two gigs this weekend. First one is Thames on Saturday night. See

Gig Guide

One is at the Lotus Realm Thames this Saturday night   me in concert from 7pm   the Lotus Realm   main street   Thames. Tickets $20

It would be cool if we could get the message out thanks.

The other one is Wharepuke Keri Keri Sunday 10am to 3pm    

Wharepuke Open Day 

on Sunday 20th January 10am- 4pm

Free entry into the award winning garden (NZGT) and Sculpture Park (40+artist from NZ and International). The art gallery, nontoxic printmaking studio and cottages will be open to view and ask questions

Maha is offering complimentary Soda and Spoon to excite the tastebuds with their Japanese inspired food. Other beverages and some snacks available for purchase

Music legend Luke Hurley will be providing entertainment from 11am-3pm

Join us, the Booth family and Ming and Diane at:

Wharepuke

190 Kerikeri road

Can we get the message out? Do you know people in Thames or Kerikeri – please let them know