Newsletter 2.23.11

Dear Friends,

Joe Hurley's 12th Annual All-Star Irish Rock Revue, the most celebrated musical event of the St. Patrick's season in NYC, will return to the Highline Ballroom on Sat. March 12th! "NYC's Finest Sing Ireland's Greatest"

Special guests will include R&R HALL-OF-FAMERS being inducted 2 days later in NYC!

Tickets now available!

The Irish Rock Revue is "The biggest and best St. Pat's Party in NY" (IRISH ECHO), drawing widespread acclaim from New York Magazine, the New Yorker, Daily News, New York Times, Irish Echo, Village Voice, New York Post, TimeOut, Flavorpill, as well as TV & Radio features. Sponsored by GIBSON Guitars, The Irish Rock Revue is a true NYC institution.

Visit the new Irish Rock Revue page on Facebook and become a fan!

In 2010, National Geographic Magazine featured an article: "The 10 best places to celebrate the St. Patrick's Season in America." Joe Hurley's All-Star Irish Rock Revue was rated "The #2 star attraction."

"Joe Hurley's All-Star Irish-Rock-a-palooza receives rave reviews every year as the biggest St Pat's Party in town. Hurley himself is revered for his soulful baritone..." (NEW YORK MAG)

Here's what to expect: A PADDY ROCK & ROLL CIRCUS! For 12 years, NYC singer-songwriter Joe Hurley has saluted his Irish heritage with a blazing extravaganza celebrating Ireland's musical gifts to the world: The All-Star Irish Rock Revue.

From punk legends to Broadway stars, acclaimed novelists to star comedians & rock legends, from Rock & Roll Hall-Of-Famers to NYC luminaries, Irish stars to rising local singer, the guests all dive into Hurley's vision of "The Great Irish Songbook" backed by The Revue's All-Star band.

The performers fearlessly take on the classics of Thin Lizzy, U2, Van, The Undertones, Sinead, SLF, The Pogues, Declan MacManus, Boomtown Rats, John Lydon, Morrisey, The Dubliners, Traditional gems and more!

From The punk of the Undertones "Teenage Kicks" to the soul of Van's "Domino", from the pure rock bliss of Thin Lizzy's "The Boys are Back In Town" and U2's "Beautiful Day", to the poetry of "Raglan Road" & The Pogues "Sally MacLennan", the songs of the Irish are sung by an extraordinarily diverse group of major talents, from all cultural backgrounds. Of Ireland.... for everyone.

Many of the beloved NYC Star Singers that grace the stage annually - the core group of the event - can be found at


Early confirmed artists: Tami Lynn, The Asbury Juke Horns, La La Brooks (The Crystals) Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan), Garland Jeffreys, Adam Roth (Denis Leary, Jim Carroll), Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett), SNL's Christine Ohlman, Oscar, Grammy, & Tony Winners, National Book Award Winner Colum McCann, and 4 Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers. Plus very special unannounced guests from Ireland!

Guests at The Irish Rock Revue have included:
Ronnie Spector, Fountains of Wayne singer Chris Collingwood, The Irish Consul-General Niall Burgess, Martha Wainwright, Soul-legend Tami Lynn (Dr. John, The Rolling Stones), Garland Jeffreys, Sam Bisbee, Gogol Bordello's frontman Eugene Hutz, Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, Stew & Broadway's 'Passing Strange' band), The Crystal's LaLa Brooks, Laura Cantrell, Carrie Rodriguez, Ellen Foley, Steve Wynn, NYC guitar greats Adam Roth, Ricky Byrd, Ivan Julian, Lenny Kaye, Ed Rogers (co-host), producer Tony Visconti, cabaret star Maude Maggart, Ireland's Chart-topping Republic of Loose, Grammy winner Susan Mckeown, Tony Winner Michael Cerveris, NBA winner Colum McCann, Broadway/ film stars Antonique Smith & Annie Golden, Willie Nile, Christine Ohlman, Jesse Malin, Don Fleming, John S. Hall, Irish sensations The High Kings, UK comic star Steve Frost, and members of: Patti Smith Band, The New York Dolls, Bruce Springsteen, The Mekons, Television, Cracker, Clanaad, and Ian Hunter's Rant Band.

"Anything can happen... and usually does at the Irish Rock Revue" (NEW YORK POST)

The 2011 Irish Rock Revue Band: MD Jon Spurney, Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Cracker), Steve Goulding (Mekons, Costello) Kenny Margolis (Cracker), Mark Bosch (Ian Hunter) Megan Weeder (Mellencamp), Downtown's Tish & Snooky with guests, The ASBURY JUKE HORNS!

The 2011 Revue will celebrate the lives of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott (25th anniv) and their guitarist, Belfast blues maestro Gary Moore who died this month, with a musical tribute.Honoring their legacy, a NYC guitar great will play Gary Moore's personal Gibson Les Paul on a Lizzy joyride with the All-Star band.

Tickets on sale now! VIP tickets are available in the reserved seating balcony area (w/ Full Dinner Menu). Group packages are also available on HIGHLINE's website.


The 2011 Irish Revue's Charity Beneficiary is The Bowery Mission. To read more of the Irish Rock Revue's charity work, please visit

The Revue, is hosted by Joe Hurley and Ed Rogers. Rogers' new CD Sparke Lane has been universally praised, with 4-star reviews.

Joe Hurley, Johnny Depp & KEITH RICHARDS recently narrated Keith's audiobook LIFE. Publishers Weekly wrote, "All three deliver superb turns," while Amazon's "Best of 2010" declared LIFE "The #1 Audio Book of the Year."

Joe Hurley & The Gents, featuring very special guest TONY GARNIER (Bob Dylan) on bass,will kick off the night. Called "One of NY's most entertaining frontmen - his distinctive vocals can be as raucous as all get-out and as sorrowful as a baritone can be... Hurley is the best singer of vowels in rock" (VILLAGE VOICE), Hurley is featured on SONY's "Essential Irish Drinking Songs" with his ballad "Amsterdam Mistress", alongside The Pogues, Dubliners, The Clancys.

Hurley and Colum McCann recently released a CD "The House That Horse Built" (Let The Great World Spin) inspired by McCann's Novel. The CD, called 'Magnificent' NEW YORK POST, features Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains, Tami Lynn, Matt Sweeney, among its stellar cast.

Hurley, a London-bred, Irish-Blooded New Yorker, has sung with The Chieftains, The Waco Bros, PJ Harvey, Shane MacGowan, Flogging Molly, The Nick Drake Orchestra, Prefab Sprout, Judy Collins, Sam Shepard, Nellie Mckay, Laura Cantrell, Marianne Faithfull, Amy Rigby, Steve Wynn, Jimmy Webb, Andrea Marcovicci, Maude Maggart, Kristeen Young, Christine Ohlman, among many.

He leads 2 NYC groups, Rogue's March, and Joe Hurley & The Gents. He has appeared at Lincoln Centre, Central Park Summerstage, The Delacorte Theatre, The Public Theater of NY, and festivals across USA, Europe, including The Warped Tour, Guinness Fleadhs. Hurley has sung on CDs produced by Tony Visconti, PJ Harvey, Jimmy Harry, James Mastro & Don Fleming.

Joe will guest on East Village Radio's "Atlantic Tunnel" Sunday, Feb 27th , 12 - 2pm. Chatting with Gaz 'n Ed on the Irish Revue, giving away tix, & drinking coffee with Madame George.. .Gaz & Ed's charming sunday banter and song selections make Atlantic Tunnel such great Radio.

Hurley is contributing to the book 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' due in September from Backbeat Publishers.

"There's no shortage of people and places to avoid around St Patrick's Day, but Joe Hurley's All-Star Irish Rock Revue is not an event to be missed!"

Friends of the Irish Rock Revue: MURPHGUIDE - Ticket giveaways! Check for news on guests, videos, radio tickets.

Doors 6:00pm Show 6:30pm - 10:45pm.
$20 adv., $25 day of show. $30 VIP.

"Outstanding concert performances... best of all was Joe Hurley's rumbling bass-baritone version of "Send in the Clowns" (NEW YORK TIMES)

"NYC Musical Luminary Joe Hurley strikes a chord with audiences across the globe" PLAYBACK MAGAZINE

"Joe Hurley is one of the greatest singer-songwriters to emerge out of the New York Scene in the last 20 years" John Swenson (ROLLING STONE)

For more on the Irish Rock Revue (reviews, photos), please visit

Thank you all for your continued support!

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CD Baby



CD Baby

Live at the
Loser's Lounge I


Live at the
Loser's Lounge II


Whiskey In The Jar
Essential Irish Drinking Songs
& Sing Alongs


Bleeding Claret
& Blue


The House
That Horse Built


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"With lyrics penned by Hurley and his pal, 2009 National Book Award winner Colum McCann, he recounts the life of a prostitute, circa 1970s NYC. On the surface, it’s a bleak tale, but the undercurrent of hope throughout is magnificent and reflected in the music."
      NEW YORK POST - CD of the Week

"Joe Hurley has always been a superior songwriter. He is also a singer of distinction, a great vessal of lyric poetry, and he has drawn upon all these talents to conjure a vision of faith in the thralls of despair on this remarkable song-cycle 'The House That Horse Built', based on Colum McCann's novel 'Let The Great World Spin'."
      John Swenson (Rolling Stone, UPI, Co-author of Rolling Stone Record Guide)