Come let Mary Murphy’s Irish Isle transport you to a home of traditional, original and contemporary Irish songs. Many of her penned lyrics draw the listener into absorbing lore or conversely, frivolity - seeped in tradition. Here are 4 videos!
Video Clip 1-Mary and Paul performing at the ‘Lester Centre for the Arts’ – Prince Rupert, BC.
Video Clip 2 – From the NEW CD, ‘Honey from Heather‘ – ’The Road to Lisdoonvarna’, Lyrics by Mary Murphy, Melody Trad, arranged by Mary Murphy and Paul Keim.
Video Clip 3 – From the CD, ‘Honey from Heather‘ - ’Macpherson’s', as a musical backdrop for several fabulous Will Millar paintings. Hand crafted whistle made by John Sindt.
Video Clip 4 – A spontaneous guest appearance by Will Millar at a Mary show, proving that humour is alive and well among the Irish.
“Everything in Mary Murphy’s bio is true! Don’t hesitate to hire this woman.” Queen Charlottes/Haida Gwaii Islands Arts Council
***Breaking News! February 2013. Mary is recipient of a Children’s Literary Award for her ‘Away with the Fairies’ Book/CD. See Children’s Page for details.
Come let Mary Murphy’s Irish Isle transport you to a home of traditional, original and contemporary Irish songs. Mary does not merely sing to her listeners – she transcends them to a time and place, creating her own musical bridge on which she unequivocally invites all visitors to step across.
Ms. Murphy hails from Wexford, Ireland and resides in western Canada. She sings primarily in the English language, but additionally gifts her audiences with a taste of her native Irish language. Performances see her playing Irish penny whistle and percussion. Wit and storytelling prove to be yet another way in which her audiences find themselves feeling personally connected and drawn in to her world.
Mary’s producer/guitarist, Paul Keim, brings vibrant rhythmic elements (guitar and laud – a mandola type instrument) to Mary’s overall sound both live and in the studio and is the owner/operator of Dove Creek Recording Studios in Courtenay, British Columbia.
Mary’s creative fire is not solely billowed by a musical wind, but also lives on the volition of a literary one. The Emerald Diaries – Secrets of an Irish Clan, Mary’s first full-length novel was swept away by a publishing firm. This engrossing novel has stirred the hearts and minds of reviewers, book clubs, bookshops and the general public. But you don’t have to take our word for it.
“…enchanting and filled with dreams. It is Mary’s way with words and charming turn of phrase that captivates the reader and compels us to turn the pages.” Literary review, Ireland
2012 saw the release of Mary’s ‘Away with the Fairies’ Book/CD combination for children 4 -104! Seven original Fairy tales. One audio CD (just over an hour in length) with Mary reading all the stories and singing three songs. There is also a hidden Fairy dressing doll with extra outfit, fairy puzzle, colouring pages and vocabulary challenge for older children. This book also contains delightful pen and ink illustrations throughout.