Darren Hanlon

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Darren Hanlon
Darren Hanlon in March 2011.jpg
Darren Hanlon in March 2011
Background information
OriginGympie, Australia
GenresFolk rock, folk pop, folk punk
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric guitar, Banjo, Ukulele
Years active2000-present
LabelsFlippin Yeah Records, Candle Records
Yep Roc Records (US)

Darren Hanlon is an Australian singer/songwriter who plays urban folk music.


Darren Hanlon has released five solo albums, four EPs, and nine singles on Candle Records and Flippin Yeah industries, as well as several compilation tracks. After the dissolving of Candle Records he has started his own pseudo-label called Flippin Yeah Records in 2008.[1] He self-published his first 'zine in late 2017.[2]

Before becoming a solo artist in 1999, he was a member of the Simpletons, and contributed backing guitar and keyboards for the Lucksmiths, the Dearhunters, and Mick Thomas.

Hanlon is known for his engagement with his audiences, through his down-to-earth storytelling at live gigs.[3] He has toured with the Weather Station, Michael Hurley, Billy Bragg, David Dondero, Tim Kasher, Violent Femmes, The Magnetic Fields, and Courtney Barnett. Described as having a certain brilliance,[4] Darren Hanlon is a spectacular songwriter; able to create a whole scene from the sum of its subtleties and wit interspersed with poignant moments.[5]

In 2015 Hanlon released his latest offering, Where Did You Come From?[6] Songs were recorded in New Orleans, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Nashville and Clarksdale, with an array of musicians he met along the way, from instrumentalists of popular music Spooner Oldham, David Hood, Howard Grimes, to unknown buskers and street musicians.[7]

Hanlon regularly performs Christmas concerts.[8] In 2017 Christmas tour was his 12th year and brought with him the Space Lady for a special performance from the US.[9] A number of his shows were sold out last year including his Canberra performance at the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre.[10]


Darren Hanlon Performing in Perth November 2006


Studio albums[edit]

  • Hello Stranger (2002)[11]
  • Little Chills (2004)
  • Fingertips And Mountaintops (2006)[12]
  • I Will Love You At All (2010)
  • Where Did You Come From? (2015)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Pointing Ray Guns At Pagans (2009)[13]


  • Early Days (2000)
  • Methods Of Getting Rid Of Hiccups (2002)
  • Christmas Songs 2005 (2005)
  • Covers for Lovers (2014)


  • "Video Party Sleepover" (2001)
  • "A to Z" (2004)
  • "I Wish That I Was Beautiful For You" (2005)
  • "Happiness Is A Chemical" (2006)
  • "Elbows" (February 2007)
  • "Electric Skeleton/Butterfly Bones" (2008) (7" Only)
  • "All These Things" (2010) (AU Digital Release only)
  • "Butterfly Bones" (2011) (Digital Release only)
  • "When You Go" (2015)


Turning his creativity to the written word, Darren Hanlon planned to write a series of stories based on conversations he has with barbers. He self-published his first 11-page zine in late 2017 and is called the Cutting Remarks[14] series.


  1. ^ Records, Flippin Yeah. "FAQ's". Flippin Yeah Records. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  2. ^ Records, Flippin Yeah. "Darren Hanlon - "Cutting Remarks" Vol 1 Zine". Flippin Yeah Records. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Fingertips & Mountaintops: triple j music reviews". Abc.net.au. 24 November 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Pointing Ray Guns at Pagans". Mess+Noise: An Australian Music Magazine. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  5. ^ Music Feeds (5 February 2015), Interview: Darren Hanlon On Accidentally Recording An Album, retrieved 29 May 2018
  6. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/feb/24/darren-hanlon-on-searching-and-songs-from-the-south
  7. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/feb/23/darren-hanlon-where-did-you-come-from-exclusive-album-stream
  8. ^ "Darren Hanlon Announces Annual Christmas Tour Dates". theMusic. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  9. ^ "News | Darren Hanlon". www.darrenhanlon.com. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres » Darren Hanlon 2017 Christmas Tour – Canberra". www.agac.com.au. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Captain quirk". Smh.com.au. 8 November 2002. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Sofa so good - Music - Entertainment". Theage.com.au. 10 November 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  13. ^ "New Compilation Album Released…Pointing Ray Guns At Pagans | Darren Hanlon". www.darrenhanlon.com. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  14. ^ Records, Flippin Yeah. "Darren Hanlon - "Cutting Remarks" Vol 1 Zine". Flippin Yeah Records. Retrieved 29 May 2018.

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