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Critically acclaimed NYC singer/songwriter JOE HURLEY to tour EUROPE with best-selling novelist COLUM McCANN.

Hurley releases new CD "THE HOUSE THAT HORSE BUILT," based on chapter in McCann's new novel "LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN."


"Joe Hurley is one of the greatest singer-songwriters to emerge on the NY scene in the last 20 years."
Associated Press - March 2009

"Outstanding concert performances... best of all was Joe Hurley's rumbling-bass baritone version of 'Send in the Clowns'"
New York Times - October 2008

Joe Hurley and Colum McCann's songwriting collaboration has resulted in a glorious 12 minute epic, sprawling across the wastelands and heartbreaks of a prostitute's life in New York City, 1974. "The House that Horse Built" (Let the Great World Spin) was inspired by McCann's breathtaking new novel, and it shivers and slides it's way through the darkness and into the light with unbreakable spirit amidst a stunning musical and lyrical landscape of grit, defiance, love, and surrender.

With Hurley on vocals and guitar, the EP features an all-star cast of NYC musicians including members of the Patti Smith Band, Ian Hunter Band, Cracker, Mink Deville, The Smithereens, Matt Sweeney, gospel great Tami Lynn (Rolling Stones, Dr. John), soul singer/film star Antonique Smith and 6-time Grammy winning Paddy Moloney of the legendary band The Chieftans.

The limited edition CD was produced by Don Fleming (Sonic Youth, Pete Yorn, Nancy Sinatra, Hunter S. Thompson) and will be available for the first time anywhere at all European dates. The two close friends tour together for the combination BOOK and CD launch, from The Deauville Film Fest on Sept. 10th all the way to Vienna on the 24th, where they will perform an end of tour special concert together in a gorgeous theatre.

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At each venue, McCann will read from the novel and Hurley will perform acoustically. Book and CD signings will take place after all performances.

In recent times, Hurley, a London-bred, Irish-blooded New Yorker, has sung with the CHIEFTAINS, The Nick Drake Orchestra, Judy Collins and Jimmy Webb at the Public Theatre of NY, playwright Sam Shepard, Nellie McKay, Laura Cantrell, Shane MacGowan, Marianne Faithfull, and The Waco Bros. He is the leader of 2 NYC groups, Rogue's March and Joe Hurley & The Gents, and has appeared everywhere from Lincoln Centre to Central Park Summerstage to festivals all over the USA. He has been produced on records by Tony Visconti (David Bowie) and PJ Harvey.

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Joe Hurley is a London-bred, Irish-Blooded New Yorker who has performed over 1,000 shows in the USA. Called 'the best singer of vowels in rock since Shane Macgowan' by the Village Voice, he is widely heralded for both the emotional delivery in his gravel-throated baritone, and his finely-tuned sense of lyrical detail. The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter is the leader of two NYC groups, Rogue's March, and Joe Hurley & The Gents.

Never Fear, the debut CD from Rogue's March that features the infamous ode to imbibing, "Shut up and Drink" (The NY Post called it "a New York Irish anthem") and the Christmas heartbreaker "Amsterdam Mistress," remains a permanent fixture on jukeboxes across the country. "Amsterdam Mistress" is featured on the new Sony Records CD, Whiskey In The Jar ;Irish Drinking Songs and Singalongs along with classics from the Pogues, The Dubliners and the Clancy Brothers, and has been called "one of the most evocative ballads ever penned" by the Irish Voice.

With Rogue's March, Hurley has released several CDs, toured with Flogging Molly and Cracker, and appeared on the main stage of both the Guinness Fleadhs (with the Chieftains and Sinead O'Connor) and the Warped Tour, where the band's NY appearance garnered a full-page feature in the NY Post. Hurley's tune "Madcap Tears" off the band's Chaser CD has been featured in the Captain Morgan's Rum TV ads worldwide for two years now, and his songs have appeared in numerous feature films including the forthcoming Christmas release Beautiful Kid starring Pulitzer- Prize winning author Frank McCourt. Many of the band's songs can be heard nationally on Sirius Satellite Radio, where the group has also performed live in studio.

In NYC, the band play to packed houses at Webster Hall and The Bowery Ballroom, while Hurley has performed solo everywhere from Central Park Summerstage(with the Nick Drake Orchestra) to Lincoln Centre, and most recently at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, where his onstage guests honoring Marc Bolan included Moby, Patti Smith and Lloyd Cole.

Hurley has also released two live CDs with New York's famed Downtown ensemble The Loser's Lounge, a stirring collection of his versions of songs from Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Nilsson, Serge Gainsbourg and more, with the New York Times writing, "Some performances stood out. Hurley's raw interpretation of ‘All I Think About Is You’ conjured up closing time in a graveyard bar." Hurley has sung at hundreds of sold-out shows with the group, and will help them celebrate their 15 year Anniversary this December.

Hurley's London upbringing led to a life-long passion for West Ham FC and he wrote and recorded the song "Bleeding Claret and Blue" for the team's historic appearance in the 2006 FA CUP Final. The song has been adopted by Supporters Club websites across the world, and was recently played immediately prior to the National Anthems in the Columbus, OH Crew Stadium when West Ham appeared in an Exhibition Match there this summer.

Hurley has performed duets with a dizzyingly diverse array of singers, from Marianne Faithfull to Shane MacGowan and Sam Shepard, from the Queen of Cabaret Andrea Marcovicci to her heir apparent Maude Maggart, from Martha Wainwright to The Mekons's Sally Timms, from his ex-girlfriend Nellie McKay to the beehive queen Christine Ohlman ,and he has sung on records produced by legendary producer Tony Visconti and PJ Harvey. Hurley's bands are also always full of exciting NY luminaries, often featuring Tony Shanahan and Jay Dee Daugherty of the Patti Smith Group and James Mastro, the guitarist with Ian Hunter. Hurley and Band recently headlined NYC's Riverside Park Music Festival for the 4th year in a row, and upcoming shows include a string of festivals across the Northeast and Midwest. October will see Hurley take the stage at The Public Theater in NY, for the Joe's Pub 10th Anniversary Concert, with Judy Collins, Jimmy Webb, Rufus Wainwright and others.

Hurley performs annually in NJ at the Xmas Xtravaganza Charity Concert, held at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, where last December he performed "Amsterdam Mistress" alongside guests including Ian Hunter and Debbie Harry. He also joined Marshall Crenshaw at the NJ State Theater this summer, for a sold-out concert celebrating The Beatles' White Album. Recently Hurley performed with The Gents at a benefit concert for the Animal Rescue League at the Hiro Ballroom (with the Beastie Boys) and at Webster Hall for his 9th Annual All-Star Irish Rock Revue benefiting the Save St Brigid's Campaign. Hurley's Irish Rock Revue (NY stars singing the Great Irish Songbook) is “the most celebrated event of the St Patrick's Season in NYC” Irish Voice and will celebrate its 10th Anniversary next March with a Gala Concert and the release of a documentary film about the show.

Hurley is currently recording a new CD, which is slated for international release in DEC 2009. The record features the music-hall flavored crowd favorite "Irish Breakfast In A Greek Diner", and will host an eclectic mix of piano ballads and stinging rock and roll, including songs co-written with Steve Wynn and Tony Visconti.

"A wildly diverse act that manages to sew threads of punk, country, and cabaret into an astonishingly cohesive sound... showcasing a star powered frontman in Joe Hurley"
- Billboard Magazine

"Joe Hurley is one of New York's most entertaining frontmen-his distinctive vocals can be raucous as all-get out and as sorrowful as a baritone can be."
- Village Voice