AUDIE AWARDS HONOR AUDIOBOOK INDUSTRY'S BEST OF THE BEST IN NYC
5.25.11 - By John Florian, VoiceOverXtra
(VOXtra) - Life, the Hachette audiobook, was named Audiobook of the Year Tuesday night at the Audie Awards Gala - an apt winning title for the lively, elegant evening at the TimesCenter in New York City - the annual "Oscars of the audiobook industry" event sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA).
Drawing more than 1,100 entries this year, the Audies is the only awards program in the U.S. devoted exclusively to audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.
To applause, whoops and hollers, narrator/singer Joe Hurley and producer/director Michelle McGonigle (pictured right) accepted the award for the audiobook of the Keith Richards book, which was also read by Johnny Depp and featured Richards.
Moments earlier, Alfre Woodard was honored as best Solo Narration - Female, for her reading of Glorious, and Alan Cumming won the best Solo Narration - Male award for his reading of Zorgamazoo.
And the award for Distinguished Achievement in Production went to Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices, a Live Oak Media audiobook produced by Arnie Cardillo and directed by Robin Miles.
Hosting the presentations, Adriana Trigiani - the best-selling author of 13 books and writer for television and film - proved she could add stand-up comedy to her credits, stitching the audience with laughter.
Joe Hurley & Dr John with Tami Lynn. Post-show August 2011
JOE HURLEY TAKES HOME TOP AUDIE AWARD FOR KEITH RICHARDS MEMOIR 'LIFE'
Singer/songwriter Joe Hurley (l) and producer/director Michele McGonigle of Hachette Audio pose for the camera at the 16th Annual Audie Awards held in New York, May 24th, 2011. Hurley accepted two awards for "LIFE" which took home the top award of the evening, "Audio Book of the Year.
LIFE was narrated by Hurley and Johnny Depp and released by Hachette Audio. The audio book captures the rock-n-roll spirit and life of Keith Richards. LIFE competed against The Woody Allen Collection and The Red Pyramid for the prestigious award.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY WEIGHS IN ON "LIFE"
"Given the choice between reading Keith Richards' memoir LIFE or listening to Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley, and Richards breathe LIFE into my ear, there's no contest: The rasping, growling, low-down audiobook is where I want to be, with Johnny, Joe, and Keith contributing their own singular infusions of soul and swagger to an already righteous read..."
LIFE w/ HURLEY, DEPP, KEITH - Award Nomination!
NYC 4/27 - APA Announces Finalists for Most Prestigious Audies Awards
The Audio Publishers Association has announced three Audies finalists for the prestigious Audiobook of the Year Award. The three titles in the running for Audiobook of the Year are:
Life, by Keith Richards, narrated by Joe Hurley and Johnny Depp.
The Woody Allen Collection, written & narrated by Woody Allen
The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Kevin P. Free
The winners will be announced at the Audies Gala Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at The Times Center in New York City.
The Audiobook of Keith's Life was #1 on Amazon's 'Best of 2010', and drew rave reviews universally.
"Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley capture Richards' rock 'n' roll spirit in a wise, charming, and textured narration of the famed guitarist's memoir. The three readers do superb turns. Hurley captures the voice of Richards throughout, narrating in a gritty growl that is spot-on."
2011 AUDIES FINALISTS
March 24, 2011 – The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced nominations for its 2011 Audies® competition, the only awards program in the USA devoted entirely to honoring spoken word entertainment. Winners will be announced at the Audies Gala on May 24, 2011, at The TimesCenter in New York City.
The 16th Annual Audies Gala and Awards Presentation
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
242 West 41st Street
New York, NY 10018
7:00 pm Cocktails & Dinner
8:30 pm Awards Show
10:00 pm Champagne & Dessert
Dress Attire: Black-tie Optional
THE NEW YORKER March 14, 2011
GOINGS ON ABOUT TOWN
ROCK AND POP
Highline Ballroom, March 12th, Joe Hurley
'Joe Hurley is one of the City's deepest pop singers, both in his vocal range, and in the level of his soulfulness; his recent interpretation of "One for My Baby" as part of the Loser's Lounge Rat-Pack Tribute was mesmerizing'
Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley capture Richards's rock 'n' roll spirit in a wise, charming, and textured narration of the famed guitarist's memoir. Tracing Richards's trajectory from boyhood in England through the formation of the Stones to the band's rise to world domination, this audiobook is chock-full of frank revelations and enlightening stories behind the music. The three readers do superb turns-but the seemingly arbitrary switches between them can be jarring and confusing. Depp's narration is steady, well-paced, clear, and grounded. He produces a delicious range of voices for dialogue (most notably a drunk judge in Arkansas), and Richards himself sounds a bit like an elderly, bluesy Jack Sparrow. Hurley captures the voice of Richards throughout, narrating in a gritty, growl that is spot-on. And sections read by Richards are a real treat; his raspy voice is unmistakable and haunting. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
JOE HURLEY IN AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE - Check out the interview/feature of Joe Hurley in AudioFile Magazine. The magazine talks with Joe about his work narrating Keith Richards' memoir, Life.
Wed. Dec. 8th 10pm - Joe Hurley & Friends (JF, Bill Gerstel, Megan Gould, Rich Feridun)
Irish-Mexican Alliance Benefit, w/RUBEN BLADES, PETE HAMILL
Connolly's, Times Square
$7,000 raised for families of murdered journalists covering narcotics war in Mexico.
Fri. Dec. 10th - 7pm - Joe Hurley appears on WFUV, Rita Houston's "Whole Wide World' Show singing The Sinatra classic w/Joe Mcginty.
Fri. & Sat. Dec. 10th/11th - Joe Performs Sinatra's "One for My Baby" to 4 sold out 'Rat Pack' shows
at Joe's Pub w/Loser's Lounge.
Hurley in studio, briefly locked away, taping the 'LIFE' of a Stone.
Joe Hurley appears on France's hit television show 'La Grande Librarie' singing 'Let the Great World Spin' on Oct 28th. (live footage was filmed by French TV in NYC)
GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS - Author's reading for peace. 75 authors incl Joe Hurley, break World Record.
While in Berlin, Hurley was asked to be a part of 'Authors for Peace', a 24 hour marathon of consecutive readings (and some songs) from 75 top authors around the globe, in order to honour the UN's International Peace Day, on Sept 21st. The event was broadcast live world wide. After singing two songs Hurley read from 'The Wee Man', the poems of Gabriel McCarney, the wonderful Belfast Street Poet. Joe dedicated them all to his dear friend Christy Barrat Kelly, Irish poet extraordinaire & film director, whose poetry he also read, and who is in need of prayers at this time.www.authorsforpeace.com has just ANNOUNCED that the 24 hour live readings broke a World Record. And the event has now been validated & approved as a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD. The record achieved was:
75 Authors reading consecutively for 24 hours in honour of the UN's International Day of Peace. The record will be featured in the GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS 2012 (out next September). For more info on the authors, the event, the initiative, please visit www.authorsforpeace.com
ANOTHER DATE w/ IAN HUNTER IS ANNOUNCED
Joe Hurley (acoustic) Thurs. Nov 11th, Highline Ballroom, NYC, Doors 6pm - Show starts 8pm. Tix almost sold out! "The CD is great. The first line of the hook is perfect!" - Ian Hunter on "The House That Horse Built (Let The Great World Spin)"
Joe Hurley is 'Musical Artist in Residence' at International Berlin Literature Festival for 10 days, performing nightly concerts in Berlin with many held at HKW.DE, Berlin's House Of Culture. His musicians include the great talents of Sam Dale, Sean Moore, and Kirsten of Germany's 17 Hippies.
Judy Collins CD 'Paradise' w/JOE HURLEY & JIMMY WEBB on the track 'Ghost Riders in the Sky' Hits # 14 on BILLBOARD Charts, Judy's first BillBoard charting since 1982.
Joe Hurley performs at VINCENNES AMERICA FESTIVAL in PARIS, headlining on Sat Sept 25th - Concert held In the Ballroom of Vincennes, Hotel de Ville. NJ's own much-lauded and acclaimed star in France, Elliott Murphy, joins Joe Hurley & band (featuring French Gtr great Olivier Durand & Isabelle Berteloop-Piano) onstage for several songs including a Murphy classic, and 'Death is Not the End' -Hurley closes show with 'What a Wonderful World'
Hurley flies back to NYC to begin taping the 'LIFE' of a Stone from Dartford.The Audiobook is narrated by Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley and Keith Richards.
Joe Hurley & Rogue's March to headline Celtic Rock 2010, East Haven CT, Sat. Oct. 9th.
Joe Hurley feature/interview in ASCAP's PLAYBACK MAGAZINE is out.
Joe Hurley to appear on French Televison's "La Grande Librarie" in September, performing songs from
Let The Great World Spin. Filmed in NYC August 22nd.
Joe Hurley featured in South Belfast News. Press from Joe's Belfast Festival appearance
Joe Hurley performs sold-out show at opening night of Belfast Festival with Damien Dempsey - 7.30.10
Show announcement: Joe Hurley (acoustic) with Ian Hunter & The Rant Band. Havana, New Hope, PA Nov. 12th.
Joe Hurley's Audio Portrait featured on ASCAP.com - 6.9.10
Click here to check out Joe Hurley's Audio Portrait! The highly-acclaimed Audio Portraits series gives listeners unique insight into the creative process, as told by the writers themselves.
Joe Hurley (& his special guest, cabaret star Maude Maggart) hosts Gala Concert with iconic composer Galt MacDermott (HAIR the musical) at Joe's Pub-Sell-Out Benefit for Documentary on Galt's Life.
Judy Collins CD Paradise released June 2010, features Joe Hurley, Jimmy Webb, Tom Paxton on 'Ghost Riders in the Sky.'
Sun. April 25th
Joe's appearance with Ian Hunter was mentioned in the Daily News on Sunday. Joe joined Ian again at the Sat. April 24th sold-out show, singing on two songs "Saturday Gigs" and "All the Young Dudes" with Lisa Ronson & Jesse Hunter.
New York Daily News, Sunday April 25th-Rush & Molloy Column
"Rock legend Ian Hunter belted out "All the Young Dudes" with Joe Hurley at the City Winery. Sunday night at Joe's Pub, Hurley hosts a show that benefits a documentary about 80-year-old "Hair" composer Galt MacDermott, who'll be in attendance..."
Sun. March 7th
Joe Hurley will be the featured guest on East Village radio's "Atlantic Tunnel" Sun. March 7th 12-2pm, chatting with Ed and Gaz about the Irish Rock Revue and his new CD with novelist Colum McCann.
Joe Hurley sings with Jimmy Webb, Tom Paxton and Judy Collins on the track "Ghost Riders In The Sky," recorded for Judy Collins new CD "Paradise" out in June 2010.
Dec. 2009 - IRISH ECHO - The BUZZ with Eileen Murphy
Give the gift of music & literature
Let the Great World Spin (Book by Colum McCann)
The House that Horse Built (Let the Great World Spin) CD-EP by Joe Hurley.
If you're looking for a truly unusual - and brilliant - gift for someone who enjoys literature and music, pick up "Let the Great World Spin," the National Book Award-winning novel by Irish author Colum McCann. Pair it with, "The House That Horse Built (Let the Great World Spin)," the new CD-EP by New York-based Irish singer Joe Hurley. The three tracks on the CD were inspired by a chapter in the novel, and skillfully evoke the mid-1970s vibe that McCann captures in the book. Hurley's CD-EP features an impressive group of guest musicians, including Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains on uilleann pipes. The CD-EP is available at www.cdbaby.com/joehurley, or at www.roguesmarch.com; The paperback edition of McCann's book, released last week, is $15.00, and can be found at any major retailer. (Psst: Amazon.com has it for half price.)
Music can help stories sing, say writers
by Peter McDermott
Joe & Colum head for the hills
From last week's Irish Echo... Joe Hurley and Colum McCann hit the road in Europe in support of Mr. McCann's new novel, Let The Great World Spin -AND- brand new music from Joe Hurley "The House that Horse Built" (co-written by Colum McCann. Read more here...
Joe Hurley featured in the Irish Echo!
From last week's Irish Echo, Peter McDermott article features 'exclusive' predictions from Joe Hurley & Colum McCann on how their teams, West Ham and Stoke City, respectively. will fare this season. Read more here...
European dates announced!
Joe Hurley & Colum McCann will be hitting the road in Europe Get the details here...
Joe Hurley featured in the Irish Echo!
In anticipation of the 10th Annual Irish Rock Review (March 14th and 17th at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC), Joe Hurley was recently featured in The Irish Echo, The USA's most widely read Irish American Newspaper. In the article, Joe talks about music, boundaries, and his "second family" in London. Read more here...
Joe Hurley in Asbury Park Press with The Chieftans!
The Asbury Park press recently did a feature on The Chieftans. Joe Hurley, who is performing with them on March 12th in Red Bank NJ at the Count Basie Theater, is also featured in the article. Read more here...
Joe Hurley to appear w/ THE CHIEFTAINS!!
Thursday March 12, 2009 at The Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ
Six-time Grammy winning, legendary irish group "THE CHIEFTAINS" will perform with special guest vocalist, Joe Hurley, at this majestic theatre on March 12th.
10th Anniversary All-Star Irish Rock Revue
Sat Mar 14th, NYC
-AND JUST ADDED-
Tues Mar 17th, NYC
Joe Hurley and The Gents appear at Joe's Pub
Tix have gone onsale for Joe Hurley & The Gents very special return to Joe's Pub, Thurs, Dec 4th at 930pm. This will be the band's last appearance of the year. Purchase tickets.
The band will include folks like James Mastro (Ian Hunter), Kenny Margolis (Cracker), Chris Flynn(MD Irish Rock Revue), Jon Spurney (Passing Strange), Denny Mcdermott (Rosanne Cash), and expect some truly wonderful surprise guests on the night to help Hurley and Mastro celebrate their birthdays in style. There will be a nod to Christmas, a wink to the musical 'Oliver'!, and blind horses galore as the band debuts some brand new exciting material, as well as a generous helping of songs from the forthcoming CD, featuring the likes of 'Desiree', "Irish Breakfast in a Greek Diner" and "Valentine Blue", which is planned for a spring 09 release. All of this in NYC's best intimate music venue-Joe's Pub-We really hope to see you there!
New York Times Review of Judy Collins/Joe's Pub Show
by Stephen Holden
Best of all was Joe Hurley's rumbling bass-baritone version of "Send in the Clowns," whose narrator became a dissipated buffoon parading his shame with a self-lacerating sarcasm.
October 10th, Joe's Pub Anniversary Gala
Joe Hurley will be performing at the Gala Concert being held this Fri, Oct 10th, 8:30pm, at the Public Theater. Celebrating 10 years of great music at Joe's Pub, the event's proceeds go towards supporting Joe's Pub, and the evening is doubling as a tribute to iconic New Yorker Judy Collins. Joe will be joined by the great songwriter Jimmy Webb, Judy Collins, and many others at this incredible concert, hosted by legendary DJ Pete Fornatale. Joe will be singing the Judy Collins classic "Send In the Clowns"
Below is a note from Wildflower Records which includes a code for discounted tickets and clicking the image to the left has all the different ticket rates, including dinner at Chinatown Brasserie with all the artists pre-show at 6:30pm.
"Please note we have negotiated a special rate for friends of Judy. Should you want to attend the dinner and the show the donation is $350 a ticket. To attend the show only the donation is $150. All proceeds go to support Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre.
It will be a great show. Judy will be performing all of her hits and will be joined by her friends - Jimmy Webb, Joe Hurley, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Mary Guthier, Kenny White, Eric Andersen, John Martyn and many, many more.
If you plan on attending, tickets are going quickly - so please RSVP through the number on the invitation. The code to get the discounted rate is 'friend of Wildflower Records.'"
August 16th, Rogue's March @ Connolly's
Rogue's March is playing at Connolly's of Rockaway Beach next Saturday, Aug 16th. This is the group's 1st appearance in the Rockaways for many years, and they will be performing 2 sets beginning at 10:30pm.
Included in the show will be a collection of Johnny Cash Classics, which the band will be playing for the 1st time, and for one-night-only... Joe Hurley's Rogues of Fire.
Connolly's is located at 155 Beach 95th St, Far Rockaway, NY 718.474.2374
Connolly's is right next to the beautiful beach of Rockaway so come on out and make a day and night of it.
July 1st, NYC Canada Day @ Joe's Pub
This event was inspired by Joe's annual 'Irish Rock Revue', and is a celebration of the great Canadian songwriters, and is held every year on Canada's Independence Day, July 1st. Joe sang the Band's 'The Weight' for the 5th year running, closing out the night. Performers are drawn from an international pool of singers, and even include a few Canadians. Jeff Breithaupt, from the Canadian Consulate, was the witty and enthusiastic host. This event once again SOLD-OUT.
June 16th, NYC - Sam Shepard and Joe Hurley perform together
Pulitzer-Prize winner playwright Sam Shepard and Joe Hurley performed a set of songs together at The Bloomsday Event on Monday afternoon , June 16th, at Ulysees, NYC. Sam and Joe sang "Long Black Veil" the Dylan/Cash duet "Girl from the North Country Fair" and Appalachian traditionals Their impromptu set at the annual outdoor event celebrating James Joyce's Ulysees thrilled the audience- Hosted by the band's favourite novelist and good friend Colum McCann, the festivities continued on into the night. Check out the photos.
The pairing was mentioned in the Daily News Rush & Malloy column.
Joe Hurley's 9th Annual All-Star Irish Rock Revue
A big thankyou to all who came out for the 9th annual all-star irish rock revue at Webster Hall. It was a tremendous evening of great music and super singers, and the Campaign to Save St Brigid's was thrilled with the fundraising and the support from the audience and all the performers. Stars from the worlds of Broadway, Rock and Roll, Cabaret, folk, punk, and UK comedy graced the stage as did US Senators, assemblymen, activists, dancers, and the ocassional lunatic. The All-Star Band held it together superbly with special thanks to the 'new boys in the band' Mr Steve Goulding of the Mekons, and Mr Mark Bosch of Ian Hunter band for rolling with the madness and playing in such fine style.
The Myspace.com/irishrockrevue has photos and press up from the event, as well as some video footage - the first ever fully-edited performances from an Irish Rock Revue (the entire show was filmed in a multi-camera shoot) Also, reviews of the show will be posted, as will Joe's own personal take on the night, and a section from Mr Edwin Torres, St Brigid's Chairman, with his sentiments and thoughts on the whole experience.
June 18th, NYC St Brigid's Celebration
With the fantastic news that St Brigid's has been saved, a literary and musical celebration was be held at Connolly's of Times Square on Wed, June 18th. Joe's band included Tony Shanahan & Jay Daugherty (rhythm section of Patti Smith Group), the violinist Megan Weeder, and his very special guest, J-F on guitar. It was the first time Joe and J-F had played together in almost 6 years, so quite a reunion. The band played a 40 min set that climaxed with "Eve of Destruction", a situation St Brigid's was all too familiar with. But not anymore, as Joe's improvised lyrics attested to. Joe continued playing acoustic for the final song of the night, a rip roaring 'Folsom Prison Blues" that concluded with a S-A-V-E-D howling.
Pete Hamill read from his writings on downtown NYC, which was beautiful and poignant, as he always is. Other fine novelists giving great readings included Tom Kelly and Michael Patrick MacDonald(ALL SOULS DAY)
A fantastic celebration for this modern day miracle.
Donor Gives $20 Million to Save St. Brigid's
An anonymous donor has come to the rescue of St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Church in the East Village, saving the building - which has presided over Tompkins Square Park since 1848 - from demolition and making it possible for the structure to be reopened as a parish church. Read the New York Times article.
This year's All-Star Irish Rock Revue (7th Annual) was held at a packed Bowery Ballroom where the St Pat's Day audience were treated to a full set from Rogue's March before 50 guest singers took the stage in a 5 hour marathon of the Great Irish Songbook (see link for Irish Rock Revue to read this year's reviews and singer-links)
March saw the release of the SONY Records 2-CD set "Whiskey in the Jar:Essential Irish Drinking Songs and Singalongs" which features Joe Hurley's 'Amsterdam Mistress' alongside classics from the Dubliners, The Pogues, The Clancy Brothers, and many more. The CD's Liner notes include the 1st Publicity shot of the band, taken way back in '93 by Mark Loader.
The first half of the summer saw Joe playing dates in the UK and Sweden. At his show in London, he was surprised by pals the Bedsit Poets who performed a short set of their own in the wee hours (with Joe playing drums for them!) 2nd half of the summer saw Joe and band playing private House Concerts, Festivals in PA, NY, NJ, local acoustic shows at Mo Pitkins and Sixmilecross, and other assorted events.(Plus a LL appearance at Bowery Ballroom)
'Madcap Tears' from the band's CHASER CD has been licensed by Captain Morgan's Rum for their new TV ads that begin airing across North America on Nov 1st. The song will also be heard on all their radio ads as well.
The band's entire back catalogue will now be available on iTunes (and all digital outlets as of late September/2006)
The beginning of Sept saw the announcement that Joe Hurley and Rogue's March would be opening for NYC legends the New York Dolls at the Annual Hoboken Art and Music Festival on Sun, Sept 24th. The festival regularly attracts crowds of 30,000 plus -- Rogue's March will play at 3pm sharp with The Dolls immediately after. Cliff Mott, the brilliant caricature artist(live at loser's lounge CD cover www.mottropolis.com), has designed a special poster for the show which will be available on the day.
RM headlined the Riverside Park Music and Oyster Festival on Sat Sept 9th in NYC. Sponsored by Murphguide.com, Guinness, and O'Hurley's, the event was a huge success-Gorgeous weather, great crowd, and a 2 hour set from the band..
Wed Oct 4th-Gimme Shelter : A benefit for Animal Rescue League of NY at the Hiro Ballroom, Maritime Hotel 7pm-1am. Joe will be performing a short set as will the Beastie Boys, Nellie MacKay, Sic F*cks, Marshall Crenshaw, Debbie Harry and many many more. Tix are on sale now through all normal ticket outlets.
Rogue's March can be heard on several channels of SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO (most notably Sirius Disorder. Listen for 'Amsterdam Mistress', 'If I Was An Angel', 'On My Way Home' and others)
Rogue's March producer and sometime guitarist James Mastro recently played the Beacon Theater in NY with Mr Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin(as well as with his long-time gig, The Ian Hunter Band) All of Jim's childhood dreams have now come true. Check out the video of 'What Is And What Should Never Be' at YouTube.com. You'll also finds Gents bassist Tony Shanahan on stage as well.
Joe and the band wish a speedy recovery to Steve Wynn, currenly nursing a broken ankle.
West Ham reach FA Cup Final. First time in 26 years. Joe writes 'Bleeding Claret and Blue' (West Ham 2006) (For Johnny Lyall) in celebration of the great season West Ham have had
Song is recorded with Steve Holley(Joe Cocker, Rod, Wings) on Drums, Dave Decastro(Steve Wynn) on bass, Kenny Margolis(Cracker) on piano/accordion, James Mastro(Ian Hunter) on Guitar and Joe on acoustic gtr and lead vocals. Backing vox supplied by NYC Hammers Association featuring Paul'The Original Stanley', Duncan 'Disorderly' Davidson, Gentleman Jamie Noone and Cardiff Crowd of 2005 playoff final. The single is available through the band's website. The download features the song two times, the second version is the extended one. To be Played at Maximum Volume.
On Feb 21st, 2006, SONY Records will be releasing "Whiskey in The Jar : Essential Irish Drinking Songs and Singalongs " This incredible collection features Joe Hurley's "Amsterdam Mistress", as heard on the band's debut album 'Never Fear'. The 2 Disc CD also has classic selections from The Pogues, The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers, The Dropkick Murphys, Christy Moore, and many more. The release has extensive liner notes on the illustrious history of Irish music, drinking songs, and the bands that popularized them. From the Liner Notes:
"Many of these songs have an indestructible integrity that still grabs the listener, drunk or sober...Hailing from NYC, Rogue's March have proved to be a magnet for star guests, eager to accompany gravel-voiced singer Joe Hurley and his eclectic band on stage. Hear them here with 'Amsterdam Mistress'."
--PETER CURRAN, BBC RADIO. London, 2006"
Joe Hurley has signed with Gaff Records . Distributed in North America through Sony Red, the Indie label plans for the new CD to be released in the early Spring of 2006.
The as-of-yet-untitled CD will feature many tracks familiar to the band's audience such as "Desiree'', 'Irish Breakfast in a Greek Diner", "Valentine Blue", "Rockaway" , "Freak Show Honey", "What Makes A Man Go Wrong" & ""Russian Goodbye (Both co-writes with Steve Wynn), as well as newer material ('Julie Andrews Says Hello' and "One Little bag') and many other brand-new tracks . (There will also be a cover of a song from the musical "Oliver")
The band is excited to join the Gaff roster, which includes the likes of the legendary Ian "Mac' Mclagan (Of the Faces, Small Faces etc)
FRI DEC 9THJoe will be making his Annual appearance at Glen Burtnik's Xmas Extravaganza on Friday, Dec 9th, at the NJ State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ. This Christmas charity show is always a fantastic night, with an incredible collection of talent . To read about past shows and to order tix(The night is always a sell-out) please go to xmasxtravaganza.org . Joe sings his tale of Xmas-eve heartbreak 'Amsterdam Mistress' and a duet with Christine Ohlman (complete with falling snow, a star-studded backing band, a full orchestra and head Itinerant Pat Robinson on accordion) and other regulars include Willie Nile, Tony Shanahan, Lenny kaye, Marshall Crenshaw, Antonique Smith, Patti Smith, Patty Smythe, Mary Lee Kortes,Mark Pender and many more....Every year Glen produces a magical evening.
WED DEC 21ST - The Beat Goes On presents a 'Rock n Glitter Xmas' at BB King's in Times Square.This annual shindig, presented by Ed Rogers and Jeanne Stahlman, is always a brilliant Holiday celebration. As soon as the performers are announced, they will be posted here, but expect the usual cast of 1000s doing Xmas tunes from Kinks, Ramones, Pretenders, Waitresses, etc. Joe usually does a couple of tunes including "Baby it's Cold outside" which he's performed with both Christine Ohlman and Annie Golden. Tix on sale now through BB Kings website, ticketweb etc.
In other news, The Firefighters Benefit in Bayshore was a big success and raised a large amount for the Suffolk County Firfighters Dept. After Rogue's March performed, Joe joined Black 47 for their encores, singing "I fought the Law' and "Gloria" with Larry Kirwan and the lads.
“Beautiful Kid“ the feature film starring the novelists Frank and Malachy McCourt, will be be opening in major cities across the US in Feb. The film feature Joe's songs "I'm in Love(But Not With You)" and Shut up and Drink" both from 'Never Fear'.
At the recent Loser's Lounge tribute to Stevie Wonder held at Joe's Pub, Joe performed the piano ballad “If it's magic“
Plans are being made for a Gents show in December(possibly Dec 2nd-Stay tuned for confirmation of the gig).
Joe's Live at The Loser's Lounge CD will shortly be updated with at least 5 more tracks on it, including Bacharach's 'Walk On By', Queen's 'Fat Bottomed Girls', and Johnny Cash's 'Why Me Lord' (recorded live on WFUV). It is hoped the CD will be out in December.
Finally, the band are still doing their 'Living Room Concerts' and are also booking Private Holiday parties as well. Act now if you'd like the band to play your Holiday Bash - you can reach them through email email@example.com.
The Tribeca Film Festival will host 3 screenings of the new feature film "Four Lane Highway" including the World Premiere on Sunday, April 24th. The film, written and directed by Dylan McCormick, boasts an impressive soundtrack with songs from Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and two from Joe Hurley, "Amsterdam Mistress" and "I'm In Love (But Not with you)" The film stars Greer Goodman ('The Tao Of Steve') and Frederic Weller (currently on Broadway in Julius Caesar w/Denzel Washington). For a description of the film, the theatre, and tix info, please go to www.tribecafilmfestival.org. There will be 3 screenings, Sun 24th at 9pm, Tues 26th at 2:45pm, and Fri, 29th at 6:15pm(Friday's screening is SOLD OUT)
The month of March saw the band playing to packed houses at the Knitting Factory and Underscore. (Links to the Revue singers are being posted this weekend). On March 17th, Joe was the on-air guest on Jim Kerr's morning show on Q104FM. The interview began with Joe and Jim singing an unaccompanied "Ring of Fire" , and ended with the playing of "MacPherson's Lament" from the band's 1st CD 'Never Fear'.
Canadian Band The Mahones are covering 2 of Joe's songs on their new CD(release date for Europe and North America will be mid-summer). Shut Up and Drink and Amsterdam Mistress are the tracks. The Mahones are from Toronto, and are considered the Celtic-punk Kings of their country. For more info on this great band, please go to www.themahones.net
2 more brand-new tunes were debuted when Joe and The Gents played Joe's Pub on April 3rd. They are 'One Little Bag' and "Julie Andrews says Hello". The Gents were joined by the mighty talents of Jon Spurney on piano, Megan Weeder on violin, and a special one-song appearance from Stephen Moses, playing slide trombone on "Irish Breakfast in a Greek Diner".
The NYPost ran a 2 page music feature in March , which included an interview with Joe and a colour picture of the Band (Taken during their appearance on the Warped Tour) Other March press included Picks in the NYTimes, The NYPost, and Timeout NY.
WNYC radio also recently played Joe's version of Bacharach's "Walk On By" from the famed Loser's Lounge shows with the Kustard Kings. The song will be posted on the website as a free MP3 next week.
NJ's monthly Upstage magazine featured the band and the Irish Rock Revue(article and photos) in their March issue.
NY Waste magazine will soon be publishing their new issue which features text and a lot of photos from the Knitting Factory performance.
On Friday, April 8th, Joe performed at 2 packed gigs around the corner from each other! The 1st was at Crash Mansion for the Beat Goes On Psychedelic Night, where Joe sang The Doors 'Alabama Song/Break on through' before heading a little south to the Bowery Ballroom where he reprised his version of "Fat Bottomed Girls" for the sold-out Queen show with the Kustard Kings.
The band will be performing many of their "LIVING ROOM CONCERTS" in the next few months. If you'd like the band to play in your home, apt, back garden etc, pls write to firstname.lastname@example.org These are private shows where you hire the band and invite your friends to attend a unique performance in a very intimate setting. As upclose and personal as it gets, these shows can be either fullband electric, or unplugged and acoustic.
Happy April to you all...
The 6th Annual All-Star Irish-Rock Revue will this year take place on Sat, March 12th, at The Knitting Factory, Main Stage. Tix for this One-Night-Only Event will go on sale Monday, Jan, 31st. Go to knittingfactory.com or go through ticketweb.com. (Knitting Factory Box Office will also be selling tix). Adv Tix are highly recommended as this show is traditionally a Sell-Out.
As always, the show will feature over 35 singers performing the songs of the great Irish rockers -- U2, Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy, The Undertones, SLF, Sinead O'Connor, The Pogues, Elvis Costello, Dexy's, Rory Gallagher, BoomTown Rats, and many more.(Including a few traditional Irish gems as well). The festivities begin with a set from Joe Hurley, before his band returns to the stage to back up NYC's (and beyond) best vocalists for the Irish-Rock-Revue. A full list of performers for this show will be posted here in the next week. In the meantime, read about previous Revues on the Irish-Rock-Revue PRESS page. Some of last year's surprise(ie Unannounced) performers included Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello, Republic of Loose from Dublin, legendary Rock producer(Thin Lizzy, BT Rats) Tony Visconti, and Laura Cantrell.
This year, there will only be ONE PERFORMANCE of what the IRISH VOICE called " The biggest Party in town. You haven't celebrated St Patrick's in New York until you've been to the All-Star-Irish-Rock Revue!!"
Look for video clips of some of last year's performances on the website soon.
Congratulations to Mr Colum McCann are in serious order today. Joe's good pal (who directed the film "Beautiful Kid" which featured some of Joe's tunes and starred Frank McCourt) is a best-selling novelist and all-around great guy,(who may well have a lyrical co-write with Joe on the upcoming CD), and today he was nominated for an Oscar! He wrote the screenplay based on his short story "Everything In This Country Must" which was made into a film that has been nominated for "Best Short Film" at this year's Oscars. Colum also hosted The Literary Jam which kicked off last year's Irish-Rock-Revue to great success. Well, not Hollywood success. We wish him all the best at the Awards Ceremony -- If he wins , he promises to bring the Oscar with him to Knit Fact on Sat, March 12th. On a sadder note, it has been revealed that Colum is a life-long Stoke City supporter. Oh dear.
In December, Joe performed at Glen Burtnik's Annual Charity Event, the Xmas Xtravaganza, which this year was held at the New Brunswick State Theatre to a sell-out crowd of 2,000. (The show used to be held at BB Kings in NYC and at the now-closed Bottom Line before that) With a crack backing band (Featuring Gents member Tony Shanahan of Patti Smith ) and performers that included Marshall Crenshaw, Lenny Kaye, Joy Askew, Mary Lee Kortes, and Willie Nile, it was an incredible, heart-warming evening of songs, comedy, and even fake snow falling from the ceiling.
The monthly magazine "Upstage" enjoyed Joe's rendition of his love-on-the-Bowey Xmas tale "Amsterdam Mistress". The Jan edition has a review, where the critic wrote...
"Joe Hurley, who has one of the best sets of pipes that you'll ever hear, performed "Amsterdam Mistress" with Pat Robinson on accordion and Tony Shanahan on bass. If you're a fan of Irish songwriting, you'll find yourself searching the Internet (as I did) to find out how you can get a copy of this song." -- Upstage Jan '05
The PHOTO section of the Band's website has been updated somewhat and now includes captions when you click on the thumbnail pictures.
Throughout the year, the band will be posting MP3s on the site for your free listening pleasure. Next week, Joe's version of Johnny Cash's "Why me Lord", live on WFUV, will be up and running. As will his take on Bacharach's "Walk on by" recorded live with The Kustard Kings at Fez, NYC.
Finally, the band are now opening themselves up to the world of "Living Room Concerts". Write to them if you're interested in a private show (either acoustic or electric) at your house, apt, etc. They've done a few of these and they're always cool, intimate performances, a lot of fun for everyone. The host (that's you!) book them to perform, and invites the audience to their home, where they're regaled with tunes stretching from Rogue's March to The Gents to special requests,- Pretty much anything goes. Write to email@example.com
Happy New Year to you all.
RIP Adrian Lewis - We will miss you.
Joe Hurley and The Gents will be playing 2 nights with Irish pop-punk legends The Undertones at the Knitting Factory on Thurs March 4th and Fri March 5th. These shows mark the 1st American appearances of The Undertones in over 20 years. The band who penned 'Teenage Kicks' (John Peel called it the greatest pop song ever written) "Here Comes the Summer", "I Wanna Be a Male Model" and loads of other classics have re-united, released a great new album, and are selling out all over Europe, getting rave reviews. These will be their only US shows so dont miss them! Joe and the band will play 3/4 at 10pm w/The Undertones at 11pm.(Friday's showtimes are t.b.a.) Tix are on sale today through ticketweb.com and at the club's box office Mon-Sat 10am-7pm.
74 Leonard St NYC
212 219 3132
Tix for all 4 shows are now on sale
3/4, 3/5 Joe Hurley and The Gents w/ The Undertones
3/6, 3/12 5th Annual All-Star Irish Rock Revue w/ Rogue's March
Beginning Jan 28th, Joe and the Gents can be seen on primetime TV in a new commercial about Debra Rathwell, the New York based Rock Promoter. The band (playing themselves!) appear on stage and off in the ad, which will run on all the major networks(ABC, CBS, NBC) as well as cable stations. (Look for the band's name on the Marquee-Shot at the Old Ritz, now Webster Hall)
Finally, we recommend that you make it down to Fez on Jan 27th where Ed Rogers will celebrate the release of his great new cd.-Showtime 7:30pm sharp.
"What would St Pat's be without Rogue's March, one of New York's most entertaining bands" - VILLAGE VOICE
Joe Hurley's 'LIVE AT THE LOSER'S LOUNGE' CD is now OUT and AVAILABLE!
The CD features a fine selection of Joe's performances over the last few years with the famed Loser's Lounge crew and The Kustard Kings Band.Tracks include Maggie May (performed Rogue's March style w/Love will tear us apart), Bowies R&R Suicide, Costello's 'I Want You', a piano/vocal version of Carole King's 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow', and much, much more. The record is produced by Kris Woolsey,(absolutely no overdubs!) and also boasts incredible artwork from Cliff Mott (Caricatures of Joe and all of the songwriters he covers on the CD)- All of the songs were recorded live in NYC at the Fez and at Westbeth Theatre.
This is a Limited Edition CD - to get one, go to our online STORE or please send a check, made payable to Joe Hurley, for $12, to Rogue House c/o Joe Hurley 433 E 6th St #2F, NYC 10009. The CD will also be available at Gigs while supplies last.
Joe and the band just spent a few days at the Lake Placid Film Festival where they performed at the opening and closing parties at the NorthWoods Inn. They were asked to come up and perform as a tie-in with the screening of 'Beautiful Kid' which features Joe's songs on the soundtrack. The movie, directed by Colum McCann(most recent novel is 'Dancer') and Michael Carty, is a raw, unflinching look at an Irish-American family in the Bronx, and boasts incredibly detailed performances from the young talents John Carty and Christine Meyers, as well as strong showings from Frank and Malachy McCourt. The 'buzz' film of the Festival was completely sold out(Jennifer Jason Leigh couldnt get in!) with people camped out on the floor, in stairwells etc...Following the screening, the band (w/Chris Flynn, Sean Seymour, Marni Rice, and John Shea sitting in on drums)played for a packed crowd at the NorthWoods. While Pulitzer Prize winners McCourt and William Kennedy('Ironweed') watched the show with novelist Russel Banks('The Sweet Hereafter' 'Affliction'), the band tore through a raucous set that lasted til 2:30 am, occasionally being joined onstage by special guests including Savannah Film Fest's Harvey Ray(on the soprano for 'Madcap Tears')and Beautiful Kid's producer Patrick McCullough on drunken tambourine...Lake-not-so-placid indeed...
In other news....The almost-weekly-almost-acoustic gatherings at Marty O'Briens have been attracting lots of guest musicians as well as being an informal gig for trying out brand new material...Most Fridays the guys are there with guests include former Rogue Chris Nappi, Guitarist Ivan Julian, accordionist Marni Rice, fiddler Greg Holt, percussionist John Shea, etc...Shows are free, you can smoke, and you can drink...
The St Pat's shows were all sellouts this year again-Mercury Lounge gig was the 4th Annual, and the best-ever, with no one leaving til the last song('God save the Queen')was finished around 2am...All the guest singers were superb and special thanks go out to Terry Dunne(surprise appearance from the legendary owner of Tramps), Daniel Rey,(Ramones producer who filled in at the last minute on 'Suspect device'-incendiary!) and Rachel Loshak who came in with a jaw-dropping version of 'The Sally Gardens' ...Jon Spurney, Mastro,Tish and Snooky, Chris Flynn, Sean Seymour, Christian Cassan, Claudia Chopek, Kenny Margolis, all were magnificent through the night...And a big cheers to Ed Rogers for again co-hosting the night with Joe....The shows at Connollys were a surreal blur...pure, brilliant chaos....
The Puck Fair readings at noon on St Pat's day itself were stellar-Pete Hamill, Colum McCann, Tom Kelly and many others read while Joe and Sean performed 'Valentine Blue' and 'Rockaway'...
There's a great documentary making the rounds(PBS etc)called 'Not For Sale', focusing on the East Village's gentrification, and the film largely takes place at 219 E7th st, Joe's old apt building...Really worth seeing...go to yaelbittan.com for info....
The band are gearing up to record a new cd this summer.....Cheers all...
FEB 20 2003
Well the big news is that the website is finally being completely overhauled and updated.! The revamping of the site should be completed by mid-March -Truly, we swear it....In the meantime, March is creeping up, and the band will be playing a few major shows. On Sat, March 1st, Joe Hurley and Rogue's March will headline the Knitting Factory in the Main Space.(This will mark the band's 1st appearance here since the Flogging Molly shows some time back) The venue has a great sound system, and since the night is sponsored by Boru Vodka, there will be plenty of cool drinks being handed around , lots of giveaways etc-The perfect show to kick off the seasonal festivities....
Fri March 14th , the Mercury Lounge, is the date and venue for the 4th Annual All-Star-Irish-Rock-Revue where over 25 of NYC's top singers will perform the best of Paddy r&r (U2,Pogues,Waterboys,Thin Lizzy,Van,Sinead,Undertones,Declan MacManus,Dexy's, Gallagher Bros(?!),SLF,etc-...This event has fast become the biggest St Pat's party in town-The night is hosted by Joe Hurley and The Gents(Joe's 'other' band)who perform a full set of their material including new songs like 'Irish breakfast in a Greek Diner', 'Never let go of my hand' as well as loads of classic Rogue's March faves. The band then take a short break before returning to the stage to back up the singers in the Revue before returning to the bar to back up their whiskeys with beer. A well-planned evening indeed.....The Gents feature such luminaries as James Mastro(Chaser producer)on guitar , Kenny Margolis(Cracker) on accordion, Tony Shanahan(patti smith), Sean Seymour, Chris Flynn, Christian Cassan, Claudia Chopek(fiddle) and the Catholic schoolgirl garbed sisters Tish and Snooky on illicit sex and back vox....A near-complete listing of the Revue singers will be posted early next week. As always, Guinness are the sponsors, so you wont go home emptyhanded(free shirts, silly hats, stolen pint glasses,etc)You can read a review of last year's show on the site ...also this year's show should be even more incredible cos the band are adding all kinds of new tunes to the Revue, as well as blooding some bloody new singers and bloody good they are too....TIX ARE ON SALE NOW and this show is a sellout every year so go to the Mercury Box Office 12-7 daily or to ticketweb.com to ensure you get in.
Colum McCann, the Irish novelist currently enjoying bestseller status with his new 'Dancer',(he sang 'fall from grace'at last years revue!)has included several of Joe's songs on the soundtrack to his new film 'Away Day' starring none other than 'Angela's Ashes' author Frank McCourt-The film is scheduled for a fall 2003 release. Lots more news to come very soon,thanks for your continued support of the band. Be in touch shortly, Cheers, Jeff Sheehy (RM webmaster)