TICKETS AT THE DOOR $42

Date: Wednesday 27 January 2016,
Doors 7:00pm
SYDNEY FESTIVAL SIDESHOW - 2nd show due to popular demand!

MICHAEL HURLEY (USA)

Guests: Darren Hanlon + friend/s

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MICHAEL HURLEY - 2ND

PLAYING TIMES:
Darren Hanlon & Friends 7.30pm
Michael Hurley 8.15pm til 9.30pm

$42 at the door if still available

Mistletone and Triple R overjoyed to present the first ever Australian tour by one of the last of America's true outsider folk troubadours, Michael Hurley.

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 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, 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".

Hurley's early records were released on Folkways, Warner Brothers/Raccoon and Rounder, 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.

Hurley now resides on the west coast, so east coast appearances have been scarce the last decade. Old and new fans should not pass up the rare opportunity to catch Michael in action on various New England and New York state stages in April 2015.

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