Mary’s authenticity takes first generation immigrants home again, gifts those with Irish roots a taste of inheritance, and ushers those who wish they were a wee bit Irish, into an ephemeral union.
Lucy’s Fling CD – Quotes from PENGUIN EGGS review 2018 (20th Anniversary issue).
“If you fancy a mixture of traditional Irish tunes with newly created lyrics, you might find yourself humming along to Mary Murphy’s most recent album, Lucy’s Fling. The title track, Lucy’s Fling, combines sparkling penny whistle, guitar and Murphy’s vocals. The result is upbeat and fresh.
The slip jig, Fig for a Kiss, is light and flirtatious. Martin Nolan’s Uilliann pipes and Paul Keim’s guitar are a bright contrast to Murphy’s rich vocal. Murphy often doubles her vocal tracks or harmonizes with her own voice to create a luxurious sound.” Jackie Bell
“Honey from Heather…a traditional Irish record with a contemporary feel. As a vocalist, she has a pleasing, lilting, rhythmic style which fits well with producer/guitarist Paul Keim’s playing… to her credit, Mary Murphy is not only an Irish singer, who plays whistles and percussion, but also a writer with a novel and children’s books” ~Penguin Eggs Magazine, Canada (2013 Autumn Issue)
Come let Mary transport you to a home of traditional, original and contemporary Irish music. Mary does not only sing to her audience – she transcends them to a time and place, creating her own musical bridge on which she unequivocally invites all visitors to step across. Her penned characters are born from her internal traditional world. So seeped in tradition are her creations, that one would be hard pressed to decipher the original ones from the trad ones, which draws the listener into absorbing lore, or perhaps, frivolity.
Ms. Murphy hails originally from Wexford, Ireland and resides in western Canada, on Vancouver Island. She sings primarily in the English language, but additionally gifts her audiences with a taste of her native Irish language, plays Irish penny whistle and percussion. Mary’s rhythm guitarist/producer, Paul Keim, creates the energetic or conversely delicate platform that solidifies the pulse of the music. Depending on the venue, fiddle and bass join in the mix.
In 2008, Mary began touring with and being the featured singer for Will Millar (Irish Rovers Founder). Will call’s Mary’s voice, ‘The heart and soul of Ireland.” Paul is lead guitarist and bandleader for these tours.
She has written and performed music for a Charlie Sheen movie with a one-hundred piece orchestra from Slovakia and has her music aired on many stations around the globe including Canada, the US, Ireland and Germany. 2014 is stacking up to be a busy one, with three tours in the process of being booked, including the Maritimes and overseas in the autumn of this coming year, Alberta, Northern BC, and touring with the Will Millar Show.
Mary’s creative fire is not solely billowed by a musical wind, but also lives on the volition of a literary one. She has three published works. One being an fictional novel, The Emerald Diaries-Secrets of an Irish Clan, an award winning Children’s book/audio CD – Away with the Fairies, Book One (released 2013) and Away with the Fairies-Book Two (released 2015). Book three is currently being edited.
Creating new paths is not uncommon For Mary. She is currently delving into television and is originating a children’s educational television series, based on her children’s fairy books.
Dove Creek Studios
5230 Stapley Rd
Courtenay BC Canada
About Mary’s performances:
“Mary Murphy…blew the roof off in 36 communities around Yukon, Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada…she always delivers a stellar performance with the utmost professionalism, excellence and courtesy.” Tim Osmond, Artistic Director of Home Routes-Canada
“I have just had the very great pleasure of presenting Mary Murphy. Mary came highly recommended by a number of presenters I know. Don’t hesitate to hire this woman.! The audiences loved them – probably the best performance we’ve had here since Guy Davis. – Queen Charlotte Islands Arts Council
“On Saturday night, Mary Murphy graced the Alberni Valley, bringing the heart and soul of Ireland with her, and left an incredible and lasting impression. Mary and Paul (her guitarist, partner and producer) played two sets, each compiled of 10 songs. Mary had a fabulous way of conveying her passion through song and story. Her voice sounded as though she was unleashing audible sunshine along with a soothing vibrato. ~ Carolee Nicely, PA Times
“This little Irish singer/songwriter is the real deal. I have had her here to perform a few times to sold out shows. Do yourself a flavour and go to her web site. You will see how easy it is to fall in love with this gem.” ~Long John, Duncan Showroom
“Between that voice and that hair, Mary is the absolute Colleen!” ~ House of Stories, Wexford, Ireland
About Mary’s CD’s:
“This lady has a voice that’s blessed somewhere in the Heavens. She can reach emotional places where others aim for but fail. She also invests with a subtlety and power. She is a gem is Mary Murphy. Invest your ears in the wealth of her music – you wont regret it.” ~ John O’Regan, Journalist/Broadcaster RTE/BBC, Ireland
“…a traditional Irish record with a contemporary feel. As a vocalist, she has a pleasing, lilting, rhythmic style which fits well with producer/guitarist Paul Keim’s playing… to her credit, Mary Murphy is not only an Irish singer, who plays whistles and percussion, but also a writer with a novel and a children’s book.” Penguin Eggs Magazine, Canada 2013
“Listening to Mary Murphy is like riding a ship through a sea of poetry and grace.”~ Don Darue, NPR, US
“Mary’s new CD, Honey from Heather, is perfectly named as her voice is smooth like honey, and I just realized that if I thought of her as a colour, it would be the colour of honey, golden and cheerful.” ~ Artistic Director, Filberg Festival, BC, Canada
“Mary’s voice and Paul’s guitar flow past you like the river, deep and moving. The memory of their performance stays with you long after they have gone, sustaining you in more difficult times.” ~ Sointula Concert Series
1. Title track to latest CD, Honey from Heather, recorded at Dove Creek Recording by Fine Tippery Productions.
2. ‘The Road to Lisdoonvarna’, from the CD ‘Honey from Heather’ and a featured video on an Irish Language site , Ireland: Lyrics by Mary Murphy, Melody Trad, arranged by Mary Murphy and Paul Keim.
3. ‘MacPherson’s’ from the CD ‘Honey from Heather’ used as a backdrop for the paintings of Will Millar. (Irish Rovers Founder)
4. Four song samples from ‘The Lester Centre for the Arts’, Prince Rupert, BC
5. Hilarious impromptu guest appearance by Will Millar (Irish Rovers Founder) at a show….typical Irish frivolity to the end.
6. Brand new Video from my award winning Children’s book/cd, ‘Away with the Fairies’
Mary’s ‘of note’ link info
Click to read about MARY’S PUBLISHED ADULT FICTION NOVEL. (Currently being re-generated as an e-book)
Mary’s feature and interview on Irish Language Site, Ireland (Live interview in the works!)
A light-hearted Article published by Mary in the summer of 2013, concerning her bizarre health issue, which has now resolved. http://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/lifestyles/210276581.html
Children’s ‘of note’ link info
Click to read about MARY’S AWARD WINNING PUBLISHED CHILDREN’S RELEASE, ‘Away with the Fairies’ book/CD Book One and Book Two.
Click here to read feature article about Mary’s most recent project, a children’s educational television series, Take Me Away.
Newspaper article relating to Mary’s (aka ‘Fairy Mary’) highly successful 2013 Summer reading/writing program/writing contest. http://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/entertainment/216473791.html
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