Junk Bar presents

Michael Hurley

Sunday 18 March 2018 (opening 7:00 PM)

at The Junk Bar's Skukum Lounge ( venue info )
215 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove QLD


Reserve Tickets

Price includes booking fees

18+ General Admission $37.75

Mistletone and Flippin Yeah present one of America’s last true outsider
folk troubadours, Michael Hurley, returning to The Junk Bar for an
unforgettably intimate show.

Michael 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, and those who have covered and championed his songs -- from
Cat Power to Calexico -- 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”.

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

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.


“Undoubtedly one of American’s greatest folk singers, Hurley has little in
common with the majority of today’s folk performers. While they seem bent
on demonstrating that all people are alike, such a suffocating presumption
has no place in this man’s work. Michael Hurley is nothing like his
potential audience. What better reason to hear what he has to say?”
– Chuck Cuminale

“…I don’t know what else to say about what he writes and sings, other than
that it is gosh-darned great. What kind of music is it? Hell, what kind of
weeds does God grow? Let’s just shut up and listen and go to where Michael
Hurley is. After all, we can always turn around and come back. He can’t.”
– Nick Tosches

“Michael Hurley is the last unreconstructed folkie-shaman in America. His
songs are primordial tales of the hunt for good cheer and satisfying sex,
etched like cave paintings on city walls and farmland silos. Like many
characters in his songs, his voice seems to have been run over by the dump
truck of life, but it marries human mystery to forthright music like no
– Milo Miles

“Whether weaving a yarn about a mysterious hog or comparing the human heart
to a mechanic’s toolbox, Mr. Hurley create(s) elaborate vistas in a musical
version of outsider art”
– Ann Powers / New York Times

“Hurley remains one of the elusive masters of American folk”
– Chris Morris / Billboard

“Trusting in his own peculiarities, Hurley makes the world spin just a
little bit slower, and a little bit bumpier. Somehow it feels much more
natural that way.”
– Jim Macnie

“Somehow, thinking of Hurley, I find myself thinking also of Samuel
Beckett. Now I don’t see Hurley having much truck with the modernist strain
of 20th Century art, and, as a high school dropout, he would probably be
nauseated by the gasbag spewings of the ivory tower intellectual. A true
and deliberate neo-primitive, his inspiration springs from nature, the
rural blues and the lure of remote hills and woodlands, landscapes that
loom in the backgrounds of his comics like vast parabolic gumdrops.”
– Vernon Tonges

This is an 18+ event.

* Over 18's only unless advertised otherwise. * Photo ID is essential,­ acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence or Passport. Please check with the venue for any other acceptable forms of photo ID * All children under 18 not permitted including small children and babies * Intoxicated persons will not be admitted * No thongs or steel cap boots * The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person * Dangerous behaviour including Crowd Surfing, Stage Diving, Moshing and Violent Dancing is not allowed and will result in your immediate removal from this venue.*Inappropriate behaviour at this venue will lead to your banning.*