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Notre Dame

Was invited to play in Paris. A few gigs came of this including one on a boat (there is nothing in the world quite like messing about in boats)

It was great to see my friends from Auckland- Madelaine and Aaron- and be able to invite them up to the apartment that I was a guest in. A perfect little apartment right in the heart of Paris.

My hosts had given me the most ideal conditions like something out of a movie….being met at the station and delivered there in a Porsche was just one of the things that went with this dream visit.

Cannot claim to have given much in return and certainly knew no way to be able to live up to the circumstances I found myself in.

I stayed up very late and slept late and explored the vicinity with the wide eyed wonder of a child.

Notre Dame - Western FacadeThe first thing that I noticed was Notre Dame…..a building I have always loved but this time it was real!

What a miracle of architecture. It took a century to build.

Nowadays it’s more of a tourist trap than a building within which to reverence the creator. …

Such kind of worship has given way to a worship of another kind.  No priests in evidence other than priests of commerce.

There is a whole adjacent block dedicated to selling junk to tourists and even a shop inside the church itself.  How did this happen and why do we let it happen? Commerce don’t belong here! It was a holy place now forced to exist for tourism.

It was a church now its a shop. Its surreal. It’s like when a beautiful woman goes on the game and her friends don’t pass any comment.

How DO Christians feel about their churches being offered up to this desperate game?

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
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.

LONDON
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.”

SWEDEN

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.

Paris – 24/11/08 – Six-Huit – France

When
Monday, November 24, 2008
8:30pm - Entrée : 10 € - All Ages
Where
quai Montebello
Paris, France 75005

Montebello moored barge dock, facing Notre-Dame de Paris Plan six eight. The music is good. La musique d'ambiance est de qualité.

Other Info
Avec déjà une belle audience dans l'hémisphère sud, Luke Hurley démarre sa tournée européenne à Paris à l'occasion de la sortie de son quatrième album.

Lundi 24 Novembre à partir de 20:30 -Entrée : 10 €

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Paris – 22/11/08 – The Green Linnet – France

When
Saturday, November 22, 2008
7:00pm - more detail to come - All Ages
Where
8 avenue Victoria
Paris, France 75004

Métro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11) or Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14)
The Green Linnet is an Irish pub situated in the heart of Paris, close to all transport including night buses. Complete with pool table, live music and a lot of beer, it's the perfect stop on anyone's agenda. All staff are bilingual in French and English

Other Info
The Green Linnet is an Irish Pub in Paris. Free entry

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Streets of Paris

The Sultan of Hounds / Paris

“Took this photo with my laptop.
Don’t normally take photos but these guys had to be captured !

The Sultan lined up the perfect shot for me
then urged me to go
Left me feeling like the paparazzi viper.

They bring begging into the realms of art
They got a daytime job
They’re doing all right

Thank you very much!”

The Sultan of Hounds

This guy with the dogs is a beggar on the street (in Paris) couldn’t believe it…

2 More Gigs in Paris

In latest news – Luke has two more concerts in Paris for this coming week. Make that 3! with Six-Huit just confirmed.

Luke Hurley en France, en concert au Six-Huit, quai Montebello 75005 Paris – Lundi 24 Novembre à partir de 20:30 – Entrée : 10 €

This makes 4 chances to see Luke live in Paris. Click on the detail links to see maps. And don’t forget London at the Alma on 27th of November.

Côté Canal photo below. Looks like a brilliant place for a gig on the 20th! Go Luke.