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Proudly serving the public since 2000, the music of "King Curly" is born of the desire to right wrongs and to punish evil. In that respect, his spiritual forefathers are Robin Hood, Batman, Moses etc. Medicine for all of us in a time when Evil is enjoying a stronger-than-usual stranglehold on the world. 



European tour Oct/Nov 'Two Australian Songwriters' with Melanie Horsnell 

Steve Appel and Melanie Horsnell are gearing up for a 6 week tour of Europe from mid Oct playing in France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, England, Scotland and Italy. . This picture seems to be tickling their Euro-colonial funnybone.


Two Australian Songwriters: Steve Appel (King Curly) & Melanie Horsnell. 


Wed Oct 18th - Peniche Anako, Paris (France) with Hitzak 

Fri Oct 20th - La Bar De La Plage, Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines (France) 

Sat Oct 21st - Soiree Cerises, Brussels (Belgium) 

Sun Oct 22nd - De Waag, Haarlem (Netherlands) 

Wed Oct 25th – Kareltje, Heusden (Netherlands) 

Thurs Oct 26th - Vreemde Streken, Wageningen (Netherlands) 

Fri Oct 27th - Sofa Salon, Berlin (Germany) 

Sat Oct 28th – LU99, Leipzig (Germany) 

Fri Nov 3rd - Pferdestall, Helmstedt (Germany) 

Sat Nov 4th - Willy Prinz, Kiel (Germany) 

Sun Nov 5th - Hamburger Küchensessions Festival, Hamburg (Germany) 

Mon Nov 6th - Peter en Leni, Steendam (Netherlands) 

Wed Nov 8th - Radio with Hazey Lake 9pm, Dublin (Ireland) 

Thurs Nov 9th - Tí Chairbre (Carberry's Pub), Drogheda (Ireland) 

Fri Nov 10th - East Side Tavern, Dublin (Ireland) 

Sat Nov 11th - Fennelly's, Callan, Co. Kilkenny (Ireland) 

Sun Nov 12th - The Blues Bar, Harrogate (UK) 

Tues Nov 14th - Two Sisters Cafe, Carnoustie (Scotland) 

Wed Nov 15th - Kingoldrum Village Hall, Kirriemuir (Scotland) 

Thurs Nov 16th - KitschnBake, Newport (Scotland) 

Fri Nov 17th - The Lemon Pepper Sessions, Hyndland, Glasgow (Scotland) 

Sat Nov 18th - La Domenica Unplugged Birthday Special, Seborga (Italy)

Fri/Sat/Sun 24-26th Nov - further French shows (details coming soon...)

Touring Europe with Melanie Horsnell this October/November  


Two acclaimed Australian singer/songwriters Stephen Appel (aka King Curly) & Melanie Horsnell will tour Europe together this Oct/Nov - with an intimate showcase of their songs presented separately and together. 

For European audiences Steve comes with a Letter Of Introduction from  Australian music legend Paul Kelly himself. While Melanie comes as a returning troubadour to a loving fanbase who have welcomed her many times before. 

Their show will suit festivals, listening venues and home concerts. 

For bookings Email:

New EP "Calling For Fire" 

Dear friends of king Curly 
We are ready to launch a new bunch of songs after a long break building mud houses. (see doco on the building) 

This image below is the album cover by Dan Creighton. First person to explain it wins a still factory warm copy. 

Here's the first song off the record - hope you like it and spread the word for Saturday. 

1st launch is this weekend sat 7pm in CANBERRA then

Saturday 26th August at Leadbelly, Sydney and

Sunday 27th at Caravan Music Club, Melbourne

Please share this around. 
Best regards 

King Curly Inc


Coming soon 

I decided to write some songs again a few months ago and maybe they have accidentally taken on some colour as seen from the apocalyptic clifftop we seem to be perched on. and with Dan Creighton's help as well as Elmo Reed , Zoe Hauptmann, Ev Mannell and Steve Grieve we have begun recording and will release an album soonish. It may well be named after one of the tracks 'Calling For Fire'. See you for some shows soon!