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The year of 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz – one of the most-loved films of the 20th century, with the most popular of songs… featuring lyrics by Edgar Yipsel “Yip” Harburg, who is perhaps less well-known to the general music-loving public than the immortal songs he helped create.

To celebrate the occasion and bring more attention to Harburg, acclaimed downtown New York City chanteuse Amanda Thorpe has a new recording: “Bewitching Me: The Lyrics of Yip Harburg”, showcasing her reinterpretations of beloved and obscure gems from the legendary American popular song lyricist, including “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”, “April in Paris,” and “It’s only a Paper Moon”.

English-born Thorpe aims to do her part to celebrate and preserve the Great American Songbook, but this project is more than a mere exercise in nostalgia. Having combed Harburg’s catalogue, Thorpe brings her unique style to interpret some of the world’s best-known standards to some relatively obscure finds. A strikingly sad and sultry version of “Paper Moon” (listen here), gives listeners a preview of her fresh approach to such well-covered ground. Determined not to record “just another standards album” Thorpe worked with the songs for weeks, taking them apart and putting them back together to uncover what is new as well what is timeless in Harburg’s songs.

The crack lineup included renowned guitarist Tony Scherr (Sex Mob, Bill Frisell), Broadway and Sesame Street vet Rob Jost on bass, Robert DiPietro on drums, and Don Piper (Syd Straw) producing and playing various instruments. In an early review, New York Music Daily notes that the chemistry between Thorpe and Scherr has been likened to “Julie London with Barney Kessel, or Mary Ford with Les Paul, and while this rocks harder than either of those duos ever did, the comparison holds true. As noir music and torch songs go, it doesn’t get any better than this. Is this album the best of 2014 so far? It’s one of them.”

About Amanda Thorpe

Among other projects, Thorpe is a longtime performer at the popular Losers Lounge series in New York City (under the direction of Joe McGinty), Bedsit Poets founder (with Ed Rogers), and performs with the best-selling NYU neuroscientist Joseph Ledoux in a band called The Amygdaloids. Her acclaimed solo album, Union Square, features vocal contributions from Graham Nash and Martha Wainwright, and her previous release, Promenade features the same dream-team musical line up as Bewitching Me.

Critics have called the English-born singer/songwriter, known for her moody folk/pop retro 60’s style, “Sexy and sensual, sophisticated and haunting” (AllMusic), praised her “Lovely melodies [and] haunting vocals” (People Magazine), noting how she “balances brassiness and vulnerability with panache.” (Variety).

For general information and booking: amandathorpe@horizonvumusic.com

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Joe Hurley’s Announces Sunday’s Ourland Fest, NYC Celebrating Irish Culture at Lincoln Center

L-R Joe Hurley, Alphie McCourt, Tami Lynn

L-R Joe Hurley, Alphie McCourt, Tami Lynn

Dear friends,

Hope you’re well and having a great summer.

Below is exciting news of next Sunday’s Ourland Fest, NYC’s first ever day long free festival celebrating Irish culture at Lincoln Center.

Sunday July 29, 2-10pm, Lincoln Center Out of Doors present OurLand: Celebrating Irish Culture in America!

The Music, The Bards, The Magic!
Artistic Director Joe Hurley
Presented in Partnership with The Gathering Ireland 2013
In Association with The Consulate General of Ireland
A day of Irish Music, Poetry, Literature, Theatre, Dance and more!

There will be a Limited number of VIP Packages that include Invite to exclusive VIP After-Party, seats in the OurLand reserved section in Damrosch Park & Many More Perks. Links for Donation Levels will be avail Thursday!
Full Artist Listing evolving on Facebook.
Here’s a taste of some of the Stars:
Pulitzer Prize Winner William Kennedy (Ironweed)

L-R Hanora ODea Kilkenny, Consul General Noel Kilkenny, Blue Oyster Cults Joe and Albert Bouchard, R and R Hall of Famer from Alice Cooper Group Dennis Dunaway, Joe Hurley, Thomas Bahler associate producer and arranger of We Are The World

L-R Hanora O'Dea Kilkenny, Consul General Noel Kilkenny, Blue Oyster Cult's Joe and Albert Bouchard, R and R Hall of Famer from Alice Cooper Group Dennis Dunaway, Joe Hurley, Thomas Bahler associate producer and arranger of We Are The World

Film/Broadway Actors Cara Seymour (Gangs of New York)
Angelica Page (“The Best Man”)
Tony Winner Michael Cerveris (“Evita”)
The Cast of Once, 2012 Best Musical
Malachy and Alfie McCourt
Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley
New York Dolls Sylvain Sylvain
Best-Selling Novelist Peter Quinn
R&R Hall of Famer Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper)
Bob Dylan’s band leader, Tony Garnier
Joe Hurley & the Gents
Ireland’s only 2 Star Michelin Chef, Conrad Gallagher
Irish Supergroup Cherish The Ladies
Lez Zeppelin’s Shannon Conley
Get Smart’s Barbara Feldon
Thomas Bahler “We Are The World”
Tribute to Alan Lomax
Soul Legend Tami Lynn (Stones “Exile”)
Willie Nile

Introduced by Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny, and Artistic Director

Joe Hurley, “Our Land” will celebrate the artistic, literary and musical heritage of Ireland, the mark it made on America and the cross-cultural ties that bind the two countries.

An all-day extravaganza exploring how the Irish helped to build NYC, with ‘Nothing But Their Genius’, while shining a light on Irish and Irish-Americans contribution to the American Songbook and culture., OurLand takes place at multiple spaces on the Lincoln Center campus.
We’ll move through the fair and into the night with song, dance, poets, authors, artists, street performers, exhibits, book and CD signings.

Gathering The Bards: From Galway to Rockaway – 2pm, “The Bards
Stage” aka Hearst Plaza

Weaving the art of storytelling with original works & classics, Irish-American culture in verse and song …

Joe Hurley with Broadways Angelica Page

Joe Hurley with Broadway's Angelica Page

Pulitzer Prize Winner William Kennedy, Actors Cara Seymour, Angelica Page, Barbara Feldon Aedin Moloney, Malachy McCourt, Alfie McCourt, Novelists Peter Quinn, Tom Kelly, John Swenson, Thomas Bahler, and Mike Farragher, Musicians Cherish the Ladies, Kirk Kelly, Niamh Hyland, Colin Broderick, David O’Leary, WB Yeats Society of NY, Gerard McNamee, Salina Mailer, Faith Hahn, Marni Rice, Dana McCoy, Honor Molloy, John S. Hall,Trisha McCormack, IAW&A and more in a wildly eclectic and interactive parade of The Jewels of Ireland’s Bards.

The Auld Triangle – “Nothing but my Genius” – at 5pm, Josie Robertson Plaza

Take a wild,magical stroll on Raglan Road with buskers, poets, painters, and dancers that will stir your soul. Behan to Beckett, Christy Moore to James Joyce – Bring your voice– Alive-Alive Oh! (w/ Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley, The Mercantillers, Marie Reilly, Seamus Kelleher)

6pm Thousands Are Sailing -’The Sailing Stage’ aka Damrosch Park Bandshell

A Performance from the cast of ONCE, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards incl: BEST MUSICAL!

Then it’s A Parting Glass: Celebrating the legendary ALAN LOMAX’s work preserving
Ireland’s Musical Heritage. Lomax’s recordings in Ireland are a shared musical treasure and will be honored with Round Robin-style Irish-Americana performances led by Lomax archive director Don Fleming, Cherish the Ladies, Lianne Smith, and special friends. With the original 2-track recorder onstage used to capture these historical Irish recordings, The 78 rpm project will also be there for new live versions of these gems!

At 7pm, Joe Hurley and The Gents take the stage
The New Yorker called Hurley “One of the city’s deepest pop singers, both in his vocal range and the level of his soulfulness… mesmerizing.” Their set

Floggin Mollys Matt Hensley

Floggin Molly's Matt Hensley

will include a performance of Hurley’s CD Let the Great World Spin, created with and inspired by Colum McCann’s Award Winning novel. The Gents feature Tony Garnier ( Dylan Bandleader) Ken Margolis, Megan Gould, Steve Goulding, special guests Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley & the gospel trio Antonique Smith, Tami Lynn, & Faith Hahn.

8pm Joe Hurley’s All-Star Irish Rock Revue!

A Beloved NYC institution, “that receives rave reviews every year” NEW YORK MAGAZINE

The All Star Irish Rock Revue celebrates Ireland’s musical gifts to the world as guests dive into “The Great Irish Songbook,” performing the timeless classics of Thin Lizzy, U2, Van Morrison, The Undertones, Pogues, Elvis Costello, Stiff Little Fingers, John Lydon & more.

Co-host Ed Rogers

Co-host Ed Rogers

Co-hosted by the critically lauded Edward Rogers, early confirmations include Willie Nile, Tony Winner Michael Cerveris, Ellen Foley, Tami Lynn (Dr. John, The Stones) R&R Hall of Famer Dennis Dunaway, Film Star Antonique Smith (‘Notorious’), The New York Dolls’ Syl Sylvain, Led Zeppelin’s Shannon Conley, Owen McCarthy, UK’s Stephen Frost, Tish & Snooky, Mary Lee Kortes, Sam Bisbee, Joe McGinty, Sherryl Marshall, Tricia Scotti, Blue Coupe, Jamie Noone, Al Landess, & members of Rogue’s March, The Mekons, Cracker, The Ian Hunter Band, Blue Oyster Cult. MD is Chris Flynn. IRR Band includes Jeremy Chatzsky, Mark Bosch, The Gents & Guests.

Artistic Director Joe Hurley has sung and recorded with artists ranging from The Chieftains to Judy Collins and Shane MacGowan, Sam Shepard to Flogging Molly, Jimmy Webb to Maude Maggart. His collaboration with Irish Novelist Colum McCann, on The CD ‘Let The Great World Spin’, led to their acclaimed tours of Europe together.

Hurley, Johnny Depp and Keith Richards recently won two Audie Awards for their narration of Richards’ international Best-Seller LIFE, including the ‘AudioBook of the Year’ Award. With Rogue’s March and The Gents he’s released many critically-acclaimed CDs, and his ballad ‘Amsterdam Mistress’ is featured on SONY MUSIC’s ‘Whiskey In The Jar-Essential Irish Songs’ alongside classics from The Pogues, Dubliners, and Clancy Brothers.

Hurley and 75 authors entered the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records for their 24 hour live- broadcast global readings on peace. www.AuthorsForPeace.org
‘OurLand’ is an outgrowth of the annual All-Star Irish Rock Revue Charity Concerts that Hurley has held at sold-out venues around New York, since 1999.

We hope to see you at the OurLand Gathering. There are no strangers here, only friends we haven’t met yet.
‘The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a year-long celebration of Ireland and all things Irish. A once in a lifetime opportunity to come and experience all that is great about Ireland. 2013 is the year to visit Ireland or come home. Be part of it.’

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* Watch the OurLand launch party feature on PBS’ “Out of Ireland”

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