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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.

“…sweet voiced singer Mary Murphy…meditations on nature… earthy harmonies… moody…original… always lovely.” – Dirty linen Magazine, US

CKUA mary and paul nov 2012

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. 

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.

These attributes impeccably blend with wit and storytelling to 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 to tour with Will Millar (Irish Rovers founder). Will calls her voice, “The Heart and Soul of Ireland.” Mary now holds the great honour of being Will’s highlighted vocalist on his tours.

Mary’s creative fire is not solely billowed by a musical wind, but also lives on the volition of a literary one. While the years have seen a plethora of short stories and poetic musings fall from this woman’s pen, it is The Emerald Diaries – Secrets of an Irish Clan, Mary’s first full-length novel 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.

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 award winning book also contains delightful  pen and ink illustrations throughout.