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Thank you Dunedin

It’s been fun. Especially good in the old capital. Dunedin is a place I wrote most of my best songs in. The ODT preview for the show was a really pleasant surprise. The show itself was huge fun. I think I managed to pay the heating bill…

Thanks to all who came out at night in Dunedin last week. Thanks to those who shared on social or told to your friends about the gig. Thanks also to Lee Vandervis and all the others who wrote on their timelines such kind words.

Thanks also to the ODT who wrote this.

“Luke Hurley was once a fixture in Dunedin, busking in its streets and playing its halls, but after leaving in 1992, he’s hardly been back. That’s about to change.

What have you been doing since leaving Dunedin?

Since moving to Auckland in the ’90s I have been practising, writing and recording. I’ve been releasing the odd album. Much of the time that has involved getting nowhere, but then discovering a new way of approaching it all. But I’ve never understood the art of marketing.

It’s possible to have the work ready to share but it isn’t easy to find a way to share it effectively, unless you play like crazy wherever you can, from on a bus to at a Tedx Auckland event; which I have done and was fun, by the way. The Tedx event was quite literally 15 minutes of fame (and is still up on YouTube).

But a turning point for me was in 2007, in Dublin, when this amazing man gave me the best advice ever. “Just play,” he said. `”Play like a bastard.”

From then on, it made sense to forget the remote and futile goal of making the grade, whatever that means, by surrendering to something way greater. Just playing and growing by accident rather than by design. It’s the blues approach and I am an old blues man, qualified with dues paid many times over.

The music industry has changed a lot. No-one buys CDs any more, for a start.

As a result, I invested in playing live. It works. The live presence is vital, the rest is virtual. Literally.

That’s why my new album is called one take one voice one guitar. There are no gimmicks, just organic music from a certified music nut.

It’s not available yet. It has taken ages so far and may take ages yet, but I’m in no hurry.”

The read the full story see here. New approaches from an old identity

Lee Vandervis

Dunedin – faces from the road

Touring is easier than in times of old. Please if you are reading this do me a big favour. Share the info of where and when I am playing in Dunedin this Thursday night.

Kings & Queens Performing Arts Centre19/07/187:00pm

It’s a biggie and we stand to lose by playing this one. The costs of the gig are not gonna be met unless there is a big turnout. 500 seats to fill. 02102592919 for ticket details. Update: Added some ticket buttons over here if that is more convenient.

Here are some faces from the road. Thanks to all these people. And see more down the page.

One needs to entertain thoughts of the good old days with a pinch of salt. They often weren’t that good. Touring for instance.  It was a nightmare.  The gigs had to be planned well in advance. Posters had to be sent out. Newspapers and radio had to be approached and often wouldn’t respond.

Now it’s all easier. Social media gets the word out.  Posters can be run off from a PDF and word can spread way easier. Sound systems are affordable and even transport costs are greatly reduced.  So instead of losing you can almost break even but we still need help anywhere we can get it.

So please let folks know on social media and by word of mouth. Come to the gigs – get off the couch 🙂

Call me if you need more info 021 0259 2919

Here are some more stills of my journey so far.

Barry producer of "Make Room"
Barry producer of “Make Room” which BTW we want to reissue on vinyl if enough interest?

All the tour dates

Well what do you reckon about touring? It’s been more than ten years since last I toured these 🌴 islands. A tiny record company  organised a tour for me and we did about 40 gigs.

It ran at a big loss as most all tours do.  It was fun but sadly didn’t pay the bills.  Why? Elementary dear Watson. It’s a tiny country. Geographically as big as the Britain but peoplewise it’s the size of Manchester. And this presents formidable problems.  No matter who you may be.

There just aren’t enough residents  to make staging shows all over the country a professional proposition.  Not only that but the people are generally not that interested and if they are they certainly don’t wanna pay when they can get multi billion dollar budget shows on Netflix for nicks.

There is a slight challenge with that in the sense that Netflix isn’t live entertainment but who cares?The less real the more popular. Living breathing humans don’t count for much it seems.

And this presents a problem and only mad dogs and rebels would try to make it pay.  That’s where I come in.  I am touring again and unashamedly need your support.  It’s impossible to tour without support so please ease the pain if you wanna see me more often than once in 11 years. Ha ha.

Fact is artists have to revert to the ancient support system of patronage coz selling their work isn’t so viable in the age of socially sanctioned kleptomania.  What happened to copyright law? For instance. Why is my material all over the place freely available.  I didn’t allow it.  You did. Ha ha.

So please if you like my sounds give something back. Come to a show. Buy an album on band camp or Invite me to play at yours where I can sing for my supper. Call me anytime 02102592919.  Here is my itinerary. If you see holes in it then those are dates I can play for you. Got it? See Gig Guide for more details 

01. Marton. Concert
03. Levin. Concert
04. Wellington concert
05. Le cafe Picton
06. Tui Community
07. Moutere Inn
08 Barrytown Hall
10. Christchurch house concert
13. Invercargill
18. Sombreros Queenstown
19. Dunedin concert – Kings & Queens Tickets $20 – doors open at 7pm
21. Arthur St Kitchen  Timaru- daytime 11am-2pm  02102592919
22. Fairfield House. Nelson – evening concert 02102592919
26. Event is at Benedict’s Cafe, Dowse Drive, Maungaraki at 8pm on Thursday 26 July. Adults $10, children $5  (kids now free) tickets on sale on the door. Family friendly  community event , will finish at 9.30pm. Call 02102592919

And 23 27th onwards is free so pls invite me someplace!

If you wanna go to any of the above pls call me for details 02102592919

So you see the holes in the itinerary? Help me fill them ok?and if you can please throw some bones. I got a thirsty car and a lot of expenses.  We can’t let the stadium contractors dominate everything.  Our fav stars only play one or two gigs and bugger off for a few years. Ha ha as for me. You are stuck with me on these happy isles

But wait.  I can play anywhere. Invite me to China please.  would love to do a continent now and then!


Tour connections

Just having a coffee at Olaf’s on the eve of my prospective tour.

So far we have bookings in a few offbeat venues. Perfect!probs run at a loss as all tours always do but it be fun and people be more important than things ay? If I were successful I wouldn’t have time to connect.

Luke tour

“This name on the  latte is connection.”

It wouldn’t happen unless I were loyal if only to where I sip a pensive dish of caffeine. Ha ha.  Let’s hope my loyalty presents itself to my sponsors. That’s you. If you read this blog and listen to my sounds then that’s great support already.

If you throw a few bones my way then even better.


July 2018 tour. No gig too anything. Call me now 021 0259 2919. First confirmed gig is 7th at Moutere.    And The secrets Of The Mona Lisa concert July 30 in Palmerston North. Updates to come. Invercargill July 13th, 14th.

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Luke Live – July Tour

Bookings being taken now for July 2018 tour. No gig too anything. Call me now 021 0259 2919. First confirmed gig is 7th at Moutere.    And The secrets Of The Mona Lisa concert June 30 in Palmerston North. Updates to come. Invercargill July 13th, 14th.

Download poster as an A4 pdf  (about 10mb) to print for your event. Poster includes space at the bottom for you to write in your details.

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