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London, Paris, Gothenburg

In late November and early December Luke played gigs at number of locations including Paris, London and Gothenburg  as well as other parts of England.

Here are some notes from those shows.

Paris is like a theme park full of the expectations a tourist would
have of it.  At Notre Dame there is a strange interplay between the “merchants” and the tourists.

Checking out the local music

No street players in evidence but no shortage of rich beggars. Much intolerance for one and total acceptance of the other. In the vicinity kitsch shops and very expensive cafes abound. A cup of coffee will set you back ten bucks kiwi.

Saint Michel
Played near the fountain and inevitably got closed down. Strange habit of mine playing anywhere at anytime for anyone who will listen.  I call this practice “meet the police”.

Strange how playing gentle music to people is not tolerated anywhere in the world!

The best Paris gig was at the GREEN LINNET.  Check it out if you are a musician. The owner has a very encouraging attitude and easy to work with.

He told me that Rory Gallagher was obsessive about guitar There was nothing else in his life Hope I don’t get like that Love guitar but its not the center of my life.

I guess the center for me is more about people than music. People are endlessly fascinating.

A few days prior to my show there it looked like we would have to cancel. There was a concern that I was not going to draw a crowd!

It went ahead anyway and the result was contrary to expectations.  It was a full house. A great atmosphere in that place.  People I had not seen for decades turned up.

Along with a lot of Londoners who were suitably impressed. Can’t help being a bit proud of the way it turned out.

“Just heard Luke at the Alma. I was worried that nostalgia would have tinted my rosy coloured memories of Luke but he was great! Better than great and better than I remembered.”


is AMAZING . Played two gigs at Gothenborg University .

Note: If you were lucky enough to see / hear Luke In Paris, London or Gothenburg please write your comments below or send us a review.

White Ribbon Day in Auckland

And now for some news from the London Bar in Auckland.

October was a brilliant month for our Tuesday night gigs up at The London Bar.

The cold hit everyone in September & things got very quiet, though some fantastic musicians such as the talented Mr Peter Fielding (supported on bass by Andy Bennett) and Samuel kept the stage warm.
Chris Priestly, Lydia,Tony, Claire Voltaire & others also made appearances.  But then October hit & the game was truly on.

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Luke Live in London

Luke Hurley, New Zealand’s favourite independent singer-songwriter will be playing his exclusive one and only London gig on 27th November as part of his European tour. The Event will be held at The Alma, N1.

With 25+ years of experience under his belt, Luke Hurley is one of his country’s most famous and prolific independent solo artists.

He has been described by the industry as ‘one of New Zealand’s great unknown musicians’ and compared to Bruce Cockburn and Ron Sexsmith, who also evolve outside the commercial mainstream.

With songs such as “Mona Lisa*” and “Albatross” that brought him success, Luke has toured with many Kiwi artists but is more likely to be found at fringe festivals or even busking.

He is currently touring the UK to promote his new album “Brother Sun – Sister Moon” and will be playing a one-off London date before his hugely anticipated gigs in Paris.

The Alma is a New Zealand run gastro pub in Newington Green, N1 and has already welcomed onto its floorboard the likes of Simon Amstell and Perrier award winner Josie Long. The pub will be celebrating its 6th Birthday on 27th November in correlation with Luke’s gig.

Luke Hurley :
Venue : The Alma, Note: Broken link
Doors: 7pm
Price:  free tickets but bookings needs (was £15 but changed)
Adress: 59 Newington Green Road, London, N! 4QU
Tube : Highbury & Islington
Train : Canonbury Station

Licensing: It is a private party, all ages are welcome but under 18s have to be accompanied by a legal guardian and  will have to leave the pub at 9.30pm.

Live in Belfast

Here is my latest newsflash.

Have been invited to play with a Belfast band THE CORNCRAKES at THE ROTTERDAM in BELFAST on my birthday 31 August that’s this Sunday nite.

Here is a message from the guy who is inviting me to play here (I am in Belfast today Monday doing a lunchtime show)

DAVE ROBB says Hi to anyone who remembers him from the 80s when he toured NZ with the first incarnation of the band RUA (which is still alive and well under another muse).

He has a website  WWW>DAVEROBB>COM or WWW>MYSPACE.COM/daverobbmusic.

Dave has a great style and we wrote track one of HIGH RISK (a song called GRAVITY) together in those days and it got to number one on BFM. The first version never got formally released but we can send a file of it on request to readers of the site. (A version is on “High Risk”)

Have also been invited to play in Sweden. Mama Mia things are looking up.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do for visitors to the site. Its a big world but it feels like a friendly one at the moment

I play MONDAY NIGHTS AT Shebeen Chic 4 S Great Georges St ph 0851186105 to reserve a place.

Musicians elsewhere reading this note that Shebeen Chic is a great place to play so send them your demos and try to get a gig there

chasing light in Dublin

Great to read this morning of a local encounter with Luke in Dublin by photographer Tony Murphy.

“Today while chasing light in Dublin, I met the gifted slide-guitarist and singer/song writer LUKE HURLEY.

Luke was chilling in the glorious morning sunshine in front of the Central Bank in Dame Street.

I heard the distinctive sound of the slide-guitar from a distance and immediately fell under its spell.”….

Thanks Tony

Lukes UK Tour – Dublin

This week Luke is having a wonderful time in Dublin, Ireland. More news soon once full email, etc. is fully sorted.

If you live in Ireland and especially Dublin want to catch up with Luke please use the Contact form to send him a message.

if you have a cafe or live music venue and want to book Luke please also use the contact form to do that as well.

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