Reminder: Joe Hurley’s Irish Rock Revue tonight!


I know the poster says March 14th – but there’s a show tonight – March 17th as well. I know for a fact there are still tix available.

Show at La Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Buy tickets for the March 17th show here.

Joe Hurley has been hosting the Irish Rock Revue (with a cast of thousands) in New York for years now, and this coming year will be the 10th annual event.

I’ve seen Joe Hurley perform (at the Losers Lounge Queen Tribute, where he rocked the house with “Fat Bottomed Girls” as though he were to the Freddie-Mercury-born) and I’ve also had the pleasure of singing a medley of songs with him from Oliver in the middle of the day outside a Wall Street Bar on Bloomsday in 2002. Impromptu. One of my favorite New York memories.

His voice is a mix of Tom Waits and, well, Ron Moody, of course. Mixed in with a little Joe Strummer. Boy is a force of nature. Not to be missed.

His band, The Gents, have been together for years now – an emotional and jagged mixture of punk and Irish traditional music (and yeah, with a little “oom pah pah” mixed in there – Joe Hurley is obsessed with the musical Oliver, and why shouldn’t he be, I ask you?) – and you can keep up to date with all of their shenanigans at their website.

Proceeds of the Irish Rock Revue go to a couple of good causes (Gilda’s Club and the Humane Society), and it looks to be a couple of massive parties. He has guest artists come and sing, people from Broadway, Irish novelists who live in town, poets, performance artists … I can’t wait!

I’ll be there, screaming “Oom PAH PAH” from my seat like the nerd that I am.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day but I don’t really care about that. With my name, why would I give a shite about St. Patrick’s Day? Seems a bit redundant, don’t you think?


Date: March 17, 2009
Where: La Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street.
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.

Buy tickets for the March 17th show here.

Here’s Joe, from last year’s Irish Rock Revue. And more photos here.


Cheers. Beannacht. Erin go bra-less.

Sláinte .

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10 Responses to Reminder: Joe Hurley’s Irish Rock Revue tonight!

  1. Emily says:

    “Tá m’árthach foluaineach lán d’eascainn.”

    That means “my hovercraft is full of eels.” Drop it on someone tonight. You might get lucky.

  2. red says:



  3. red says:

    Ní mór dúinn tú a bhearradh san áit a bhfuil an gearradh le déanamh.

    “We need to shave you where the incision is to be done.”

    Uhm, okay, lady, have a beer and stop being so scary.

  4. red says:

    “Tá m’árthach foluaineach lán d’eascainn.”


  5. Emily says:

    I can’t remember where it was, but somewhere out there is a whole website devoted to translating “my hovercraft is full of eels” into every language in the world. At one point, I was making these little stickers and putting them on mirrors in my house.

    “What’s that?”

    “That’s how you say ‘my hovercraft is full of eels’ in Turkish.”

    “Oh, look at the time…”

    The reaction is especially funny coming from someone who’s never seen the Python skit and has no context for that statement whatsoever.

  6. red says:

    “Oh, look at the time”


    I got my quote on a site which tells you how what the emergency-room nurse on, say, the Aran Islands is saying to you before she operates.

  7. Emily says:

    I’ve got this little phrase book at home called “Wicked Irish” that teaches you to say things like “I hear the women of this village are loose. Do you perchance have a sister?” Stuff like that, which is likely to end in having your ass kicked.

  8. Jen W. says:

    What a cool photo!

  9. Therese says:

    Ha ha! I was there on Saturday (I went very happy, very late, and very drunk after seeing the Pogues play at Roseland) and was wondering if I might run into you. Didn’t know there was one tonight, too. I think I started my reveling a bit too early this year and might have to stay in tonight with a 6-pack of Harp and a Dylan Moran Black Books DVD. We’ll see what happens. Anyway, have a great night, Sheila, and thanks for telling us about it.

    If anyone’s considering going, do. Oh yeah – BRING EARPLUGS.

  10. red says:

    Therese – ha! I love that you went, too – how funny it would be to run into you!!

    Fun night, right?

    Last night was a BLAST.

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