Michael Hurley (US), Jordan Ireland with Purple Orchestra & Secret Special Guest
Mistletone and Flippin Yeah present one of America’s last true outsider folk troubadours, Michael Hurley, plus Jordan Ireland and Purple Orchestra and special surprise guest on 23 March 2018.
Michael Hurley’s music sounds old, like it has always existed, and simultaneously singular, like something you’ve never heard anyone else play quite like that before. This timeless quality ensures that Hurley’s audience constantly renews itself.
From the the beatniks in the NYC Village where he started in the early 60s, to the hippies in Vermont, to the Americana fans, indie rockers and freak folkers from the last two decades, and those who have covered and championed his songs — from Cat Power to Calexico — Michael’s music never fails to find fresh new ears. Pressed for a description, Hurley has called it “jazz-hyped blues and country and western music”.
Michael Hurley grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As a teenager in the 1950s he fell in love hearing the music of Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley blast from the radio, and was enthralled by the records of Blind Willie McTell, Hank Williams and Uncle Dave Macon that he sought for his own. This love for music, true and unvarnished, supplied him with a finely tuned musical compass he has not wavered from for 50 years and counting.
Hurley’s early records were released on Folkways, Warner Brothers/Raccoon and Rounder; in 1975, he released the impossibly excellent Have Moicy! which Robert Christgau called the Greatest Folk Album of the Rock Era. While in recent years, stalwart independent labels like Gnomonsong, Mississippi and Tompkins Square have been carrying the torch. A new album on the Mississippi label is due this spring. Besides being a truly unique musician, Hurley is also a cartoonist and watercolor artist of note — the instantly recognizable results of which grace his album covers, and his Australian tour poster above.
Date and Time
Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM AEDT
All tickets: $30.00