Burra. Gympie. Parachilna. Wangaratta. You name a town in Australia, chances are Harry Hookey has played it. For the last 2 years Harry has gigged and busked his way all over Australia, the US, Norway, France and Cuba. Along the way he has supported Lucinda Williams, Ryan Bingham, Busby Marou, Jamie Lawson, Kasey Chambers and Darren Middleton.
This is a man who lives and breathes the troubadour tradition. That’s been the lot of this Gippsland-born boy who gave up the country for the city, and life as a would-be lawyer for life as a roaming musician. And roam he did!
“That’s sort of the aim of the game,” he smiles. “Most weeks I’ll have four or ﬁve gigs and just keep it happening. I’ve slept in my car a lot over the last couple of years. That’s my main address. And Australia’s a great country for it too: you meet a lot of cool people.” He came out of the gates with gusto. Harry’s debut album ‘Misdiagnosed’ was nominated for Best Blues & Roots Album, ARIA Awards in 2014. The title track "Misdiagnosed" won First Place in the Unsigned Only category in the 2012 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) and with over 20,000 entries from 119 countries, a remarkable achievement so early in his recording career. Tracks from the album received radio play on Triple M nationally and 3RRR as well as broad regional additions.
The reviews were solid - "The misdiagnosis could be in trying to ﬁnd just one pigeonhole for what our man Harry Hookey does. One song's tumble of Dylan-esque wordplay is followed by something more corner-bar folkie, then throws to Weddings Parties sing-along stomp, and occasional country twang. The good trick is it still all ﬁts together as identifiably his. And while glass-raising little anthems like Sometimes swing with a real joy, he maybe reveals a bit more in quieter conversations like Audrey's Song and the just banjo-ﬂecked-enough lament of Let Me Die (In Loving Arms). But whatever way, he does it very well.
Harry is currently writing and recording his follow up album to be released later this year. With many stories to tell after a few years on the road and his craft well and truly honed from hundreds of live performances, this genuine troubadour has only just begun.