In an interveiw with The Guardian this month Australian songwriting legend Don Walker says"The cats know who the real cats are... Steve Appel a.k.a King Curly, is as good as any songwriter on the planet and as beautiful as any singer"
After a long absence from the stage, building alternative-design mud houses, Steve Appel re-emerged in 2018 to showcase a new King Curly EP, “Calling For Fire”: songs imbued with apocalyptic foreboding, inspired by the inflammable nature of the Australian bush and the wider world at large. Appel is a true creative. His songs and his buildings are beautiful and relevant to the times.
Late 2018 saw Steve touring Europe with another Australian singer songwriter, Melanie Horsnell. In Paris he produced a record of that collaboration with the album ‘The World Has A Gentle Soul’. Information at https://www.facebook.com/MelanieHorsnellandSteveAppel/
2019 and King Curly will be doing some shows again centred around a pedal steel player Johnny Graffham and multi instrumentalist Steve Grieve.
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...)
KING CURLY & MELANIE HORSNELL - AUSTRALIAN SINGER-SONGWRITERS EUROPEAN TOUR OCT/NOV2017
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.
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!