Category Archives: music

Broken Hallelujah – new film

Film-TalkThere will be a screening of Broken Hallelujah this Friday 17th at Rialto Newmarket, with a Q&A after the screening with the film makers, Alastair and Vanessa Riddell and key cast Ben Mitchell and Greg Smith.

We really hope you can make it and support the film, look forward to seeing you there.

After that you can see it for 3-5 weeks at the cinema. Watch the trailer below. The film includes music by me as a busker.

BROKEN HALLELUJAH (Trailer) Bound by love. Broken by betrayal. Redeemed by hope. from Alastair Riddell on Vimeo.

The Big Bang -Sound – live at TEDxAuckland 2014

Photo by Alan Ren.

I will be playing a couple of songs at TEDxAuckland. One of those songs will likely be “The Sound” which featured in an un-famous NZ movie called “Insatiable Moon”. Thanks for stopping by.

“It all started with a sound, Look you here this solid ground, We’re living in deep space….for lyrics.”

Here we are at the Aotea Centre doing a ten minute spot Aug 16th. Did three songs, River, Only love and The sound. .”You don’t make money telling the truth” to quote my friend Ed Higby as he gave me a consolation prize of a twenty dollar note.

He advised me to go to the Pacific Islands. That was 20 years ago and i still haven’t gone. Ironically i did get invited to play in Niue just recently and it would be great to go. Somethings gotta come of such events and a booking or two would be great.

Photo by me from the stage

Here is one of the clips from that performance. River.

Duvalier – Haiti Revisited

Haiti has been the news lately because the big quake there was a year ago.
The Duvalier song (on Reha album) was written about Haitian history. Jean Claude

“The former ruler left Haiti in 1986 after a 15-year rule plagued by corruption and a crumbling economy.” After the quake Duvalier bizarrely pledged $8 million to the Red Cross.

He now lives in Paris and best estimates of his fortune are in the hundreds of millions – all suspected of being dishonestly obtained from the nation. Song lyrics for Duvalier are below with a player so you can listen to this song.

You took the money from my people
You took the bell from the steeple
You took my only hope away
Jean Claude Duvalier

And if greed were a virtue
I know that nothing would hurt you
If corruption were quaint
You’d be some kind of living saint

Duvalier Duvalier
you took the money and you ran away
Duvalier Duvalier
you took the money and you ran

Who was that beautiful lady
The one by your side
The one O so well dressed
The one you had to hide

Who was that beautiful lady
The queen of every shopping spree
Live a life of luxury back in gay Paree

Duvalier Duvalier
you took the money and you ran away
Duvalier Duvalier
You took it back to France

Now that suffering has come to you
And you’re scraping for a franc or two
When you know just what to do
I guess you’ll turn around

You took the money from my people
You took the bell from the steeple
You took my only hope away
Jean Claude Duvalier

Jean Claude Duvalier
Jean Claude Duvalier

For more see link below.

Update: Duvalier died in 2014.

Reha is now live on iTunes

Reha album on iTunesUpdate: No longer on iTunes see Bandcamp page.

Originally released in 1994 Reha was produced by Norwegian  Jan Bille. Players are

Luke Hurley :  12 string ovation/vocal

James Wilkinson : bass/backing vocals

Jan Bille :  electric guitar/e bow

Mathew Lawrence : percussion

All songs  by Luke Hurley

The word Reha means the realisation that we have eternal life

Who would not want to know this state of being? Sometimes I think we all have it. Its like eternity is planted in our hearts.

The album was recorded  one week at KATS Christchurch and post production was done in the weeks following

I just laid down the guitar and vocal and Jan and James did the rest

I never had the resources to promote this album.  It’s a bit of a sleeper. It doesn’t just have my  sound. It also has Jan’s signature. His production work is unique. I hope to work with him again soon.

Without Jann Hurley’s help Reha would never have materialised. She suggested I work with Jan Bille & made it possible to go down to Christchurch . Everything To Me was written for her

Not Easy To We think we understand things. We know very little.Life’s a miracle and a mystery!

to be continued

Duvalier about the Haitian dictator was a memorable song from this album.

“Duvalier .. Duvalier- you took the money and you ran away.”

The new artwork is by  Elena Panaita  based on a  photo by Dave Mann .

Make Room (1986) on iTunes

At last the Make Room album from 1986 is now on iTunes (NZ link also on other iTunes versions but link may be slightly different.) Screenshots are below. Update: No longer on iTunes but see bandcamp.

Buy a single song or the whole album. Make Room includes the now famous tracks Mona Lisa & Fait Accompli but you should listen to Gandhi’s Rag and MacDougalls Blues which haven’t been out there for 24 years now!

Make Room on iTunes by Luke HurleyMake Room by Luke Hurley - Song List on iTunes

It would be great if regular iTunes users could add some reviews there and share this update on Facebook and elsewhere like Amazon.

Thanks everyone.



PS. It was Lukes birthday on August 31. Feel free to buy this album of the Live album released last week to celebrate with him.