Joe Hurley is one the greatest singer/songwriters to emerge on the
New York scene in the last 20 years. The Irish American Hurley is
equally adept on traditional material and contemporary rockers,
having gotten his start covering Pogues material as leader of the
Hurley has written the sing-along anthems "Shut Up and Drink,"
"Amsterdam Mistress" and "Irish Breakfast in a Greek diner." The
versatile entertainer also has an excellent backing band called the
One of Hurley's best runs comes each year around St. Patrick's Day
when he mounts his All-Star Irish Rock Revue.
This year Hurley will celebrate the 10th anniversary of this event
with shows at Le Poisson Rouge on March 14th and 17th.
Hurley got what amounts to the papal blessing for New York based
Irish musicians when the Chieftains requested him to sit in with them
March 12 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey.
At Le Poisson Rouge Hurley and friends will also be celebrating the
80th Birthday of the fabled weekly newspaper for Irish culture in
America, the Irish Echo.
Hurley gathers a host of friends and musical celebrities each year
to make up The All-Star Irish Rock Revue, from punk-rock legends to
Broadway stars, best-selling novelists and star comedians.
2008's All-Star Irish Rock Revue included Fountains of Wayne singer
Chris Collingwood, cabaret Star Maude Maggart, Stew and his band from
Broadway's 'Passing Strange,' UK comic Star Stephen Frost, and
Ireland's The High Kings.
Performers at previous Revues have included R&R Hall of Famer
Ronnie Spector, Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello), Martha
Wainwright, producer Tony Visconti, Kristeen Young, members of The New York Dolls, The Dictators, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Television's Richard Lloyd, Laura Cantrell, Ellen Foley, Patti Smith Band's Lenny Kaye & Tony Shanahan, James Mastro (Ian Hunter) and Nada Surf's frontman Matthew Caws. Broadway Stars Annie Golden and Tony-winner Michael Cerveris have also participated along with film star Antonique Smith. Irish guests have included the chart-topping
Republic of Loose, Susan McKeown, and international best-selling
novelist Colum McCann. Hurley has also called on indie cult artists
Steve Wynn, Joey Ramone co-writer/producer Daniel Rey, King Missile's
John S. Hall and SNL band's frontwoman Christine Ohlman, not to
mention downtown legends like James Chance and Willie Nile.
2009's Rock Revue band features Music Director, Jon Spurney (MD of
PASSING STRANGE); Mark Bosch (IAN HUNTER BAND); Sal Maida (CRACKER);
Kenny Margolis (CRACKER); Megan Weeder (MELLENCAMP); downtown's Tish
and Snooky, Christian Cassan (Passing Strange) and more.
Joe Hurley's band will play at 8 pm. That group will include TONY
SHANAHAN (Patti Smith); JAMES MASTRO (Ian Hunter); DENNY McDERMOTT
(Rosanne Cash); and KENNY MARGOLIS (Cracker).
The Irish Rock Revue will also feature an opening act at 7 pm, The Mercantillers. In between acts, dancing to Irish rock classics will be courtesy of EVR Radio DJ Gaz Thomas. GUINNESS will be the 'drink special' all night long with a cheaper pint than anywhere in town!
This 10th anniversary show is not to be missed!