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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. 

Mary on CKUA

“…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 a children’s book.”   Penguin Eggs Magazine, Canada (Autumn issue 2013)

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 an 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 lyrics draw the listener into absorbing lore, or conversely, frivolity – seeped in tradition.

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.

Her tenth CD will be produced/recorded and released in the spring of 2017.

It may be this gift of melody and lyric that is so attractive, or her rich and seemingly effortless vocal style, or perhaps her enticingly warm Irish nature; but whatever combinations move this woman, they promote and sustain fans from every age group and from every walk of life.

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Murphy, the youngest of six children, has lived in three countries. Ireland, Canada and the U.S. Having lived in three countries makes for a woman of transcontinental life experiences. This attribute has served Mary well and has shaped her as a woman that people naturally gravitate to on a personal level. These experiences have also shaped her writing, performing and interpreting style. Her wit and storytelling prove yet another way in which her audiences find themselves feeling personally connected and drawn into 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.

While Mary takes the helm on the lyrical front, the last three Mary CD’s has seen Paul writing some of the melodies with Mary.   Her seventh CD, ‘A Painted Moon’ is a bountiful work of art that continues to receive well deserved accolades and includes guest artist/Juno winner David Francey. This CD also accorded a cash prize for ‘Best Female Vocalist’ from the Travelers Music Awards.

In 2008, she began  touring with and being the featured singer for Will Millar (Irish Rovers Founder). Will calls her voice, “The Heart and Soul of Ireland.” Paul is lead guitarist and band leader for these tours.

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“This lady has a voice 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

She has written and performed music for film, including ‘McGregor’s Lament‘, which was recorded for a Charlie Sheen film with a one-hundred piece Orchestra in Slovakia. Her music is aired regularly on stations around the world, including CBC, CKUA, the well loved Irish ‘Adrian Flannelly Show’ WKDM New York, Harold Moenkediek’s Radio Bremen NPR Germany, the John O’Regan show RTE Ireland, just to name a few.

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 that was swept away by a publishing firm. This novel has already 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. Here are three reviews.  This book is currently (October 2013) being re-produced as an e-book and should be available by the end of the year.

“As you journey into Mary Murphy’s new tale, you may just hear a faint cry of a fiddle on the sea wind. She weaves a tale with the same love and magic that generations of Seanchaí (storytellers) used to cast spells over their hushed listeners.” Will Millar, founder of the Irish Rovers, Canada

“…altogether engrossing. I was immediately transported to the crackling warmth of an Irish hearth fire and to the timeless stories one always finds there.” Potpourri Book Club, Corpus Christi USA

“…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 a vocabulary challenge for older children. This book also contains delightful  pen and ink illustrations throughout. This book/cd also won a Children’s Literary Prize in 2013.

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