JOE HURLEY Singer, Rogue's March; Founder, Irish Rock Revue (March 13 @ Highline Ballroom)
What is your favorite, or most vivid, St. Patrick's Day memory?
One St. Patrick's Day I recall, we all ended up at the Sine é Cafe. Shane MacGowan and I decided the time was ripe to sing nothing but Pistols and Clash songs, and we did just that – the gates were locked, it was 5 a.m., and Shane and I sing "Anarchy in the UK," "London's Burning," and for hours, we ripped into the punk catalogue. Of course every year, my St. Patrick's is spent with the Irish Rock Revue, where I love and revel in the wonderful mix of cultures coming together to sing the Irish classics.
Have you ever marched in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade?
Yes, with the George Best Appreciation Society, and The Monahans of Tuam, Galway.
Five essential Irish albums that should be part of everyone's music library (include name of band):
Astral Weeks by Van Morrison; Live & Dangerous by Thin Lizzy; If I Should Fall From Grace With God by The Pogues; The Undertones; Whiskey in The Jar: Essential Irish Drinking Songs and Singalongs, featuring classics from the Dubliners, Clancys, Pogues, and Rogue's March. (The inclusion of my ballad, "Amsterdam Mistress," on the CD might have made me slightly biased.)
How much green do you wear on March 17th?
I'm not known for colorful clothing (always in the wash) but on St. Patrick's, to offset the black a tad, I might sport a little green "something" in my lapel, or a green jacket onstage.
Do you eat corned beef & cabbage on St. Patrick's Day? How about soda bread?
The CB and cabbage can range from "I'll never get through this alive" to "not bad...maybe I'll make it after all." Tony Shanahan, our bassist, is the son of Irish Immigrant bakers, so he brings a few loaves of soda bread to the gig, and it becomes a biblical experience. There's 75 people backstage at the Irish Rock Revue and yet, everyone gets fed.
Favorite Irish film?
From 'My Left Foot' to 'The Field' to 'The Dead' to James Mason in 'Odd Man Out' to 'Bloody Sunday,' and 'In the Name Of The Father.' And anything with Peter O'Toole.
Favorite Irish Book?
Colum McCann's "Let The Great World Spin," Patrick McCabe's "The Butcher Boy," and "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce.
Favorite Irish Song?
"Madame George" by Van Morrison.
Complete this sentence: The most Irish thing about me is...
My love of heartbreaking Irish ballads and poetry, where home is somewhere you don't recognize anymore, but still need to get to, and where love is lost, but not forgotten. And then there's my love of George Best, the Irishman who made me proud to be Irish growing up in London. The inescapable sense of ache and loss that pervades our souls – and the empathy that comes with it – might be the most Irish thing about me.