Michael Hurley UK tour

I’m coordinating US folk legend Michael Hurley’s 2018 UK and Ireland tour. Tour announcement below – please email sarah@sarahillingworth.com with any media enquiries.


American alt-folk icon to tour the UK in June

Michael Hurley (a.k.a. Doc Snock) is a quiet legend, a wry conspirator in the stand-up of life. “The world is his front porch” and, come June, the American alt-folk icon’s vista will be a collection of very special venues in Scotland, England and Ireland.

The 76 year-old Hurley has been making music for nigh on 50 years. Having broken ground as part of the Greenwich Village folk movement of the ‘60s, he continues to perform his uniquely crafted – and vast – catalogue of tunes, performing odes to aliens, tea and women for spellbound audiences at home in the US and abroad.

As content playing small-town folk nights as he is performing alongside the likes of Kurt Vile, Meg Baird and Sharon Shannon, Hurley last played the UK in 2013 and is excited to return for more.

With an Australasia tour halfway done and dusted, 2018 is already proving a busy year, but as Hurley admits, “It’s quiet in Brownsmead Hill”. While it may interrupt tinkering on his ’68 Chevrolet Impala and ’73 Dodge wagon, another jaunt around the UK is something to anticipate and celebrate.

Shows are expected to sell out, so get in quick.

For more information, or to request interview time, please contact sarah@sarahillingworth.com (UK) or brendan@brendanforeman.com (Ireland).



Wed 13 June      Gullivers, Manchester
Fri 15 June         The Bandroom, Farndale
Sat 16 June        Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
Sun 17 June       Summerhall, Edinburgh
Wed 20 June      Cafe Oto, London
Thurs 21 June    Cafe Oto, London
Sat 23 June        The Cube, Bristol
Wed 27 June      The Lobby, Cork
Thurs 28 June    The Grand Social, Dublin

The latest from Michael:

“Just getting started on all my Australia and Tasmanian shows. Played 2 out of 10 and having a nice day off. I’m doing some shows with Darren Hanlon, Australian singer/writer. We’re printing and selling comic books and Darren has a book about converstions with barbers of the world called Cutting Remarks. Half of my CDs are already sold.”

Did you know?

Cat Power covered Michael’s ‘Sweedeedee’ on The Covers Record (2000), and ‘Werewolf’ on You Are Free (2003).

Devendra Banhart’s Gnomonsong label released Michael’s Ida Con Snock (2009) and Ancestral Swamp (2007).

Michael is an illustrator, and drew the image on the tour poster you see before you – as well as all of his album covers (except for his 1964 Folkways debut LP).

Barry Dransfield covered ‘The Werewolf’ on his debut solo LP in 1972.

Michael Hurley can count Peter Laughner, Nick Tosches and Jack White among his fans.



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I recently took on a full time role as Communications Officer for the Open University’s Learning and Teaching Innovation department. The role sees me leading internal communications for the University’s 450-person Translation department, which oversees the procurement, development and production, and delivery of the OU’s many distance learning modules.

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