The Time of the Foxgloves

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Michael Hurley's first new studio record in 12 years features 11 songs recorded in Astoria, Oregon during the brief time of year when the foxgloves bloom. Hurley had been workshopping the set for the past few years; friends and collaborators both came to town and contributed from afar. The songs are lifted by violin, organ, upright bass, banjo, percussion – but at the centre, of course, is the enigmatic Snock, whose songs have grown only more unique and recognisable 57 years after his debut album (First Songs – Folkways, 1964). It could only be Snock. Heartbreaking, heartfelt, easy and carefree.

Glorious opener Are You Here For The Festival – punctuated by a pair of violins – came to the octogenerian while working in the garden. Little Blue River floats by on a cloud. The haunting Jacob’s Ladder sounds beamed in from another era. Or dimension. Foxgloves is as comforting and wonderful as any Hurley record to come before it.


1. Are You Here For The Festival
2. Alabama
3. Se Fue en la Noche
4. Blondes and Redheads
5. Love Is The Closest Thing
6. Boulevard
7. Knocko The Monk
8. Jacob’s Ladder
9. Little Blue River
10. Beer, Ale and Wine
11. Lush Green Trees