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
” Her voice sounded as though she was unleashing audible sunshine along with a soothing vibrato.” – Port Alberni Times
Come let Mary Murphy’s Irish Isle transport you to a home of traditional, original and contemporary Irish songs. Many of her originals draw the listener into absorbing mythology, stories and characters drawn from the muse and pieces that are filled with frivolity.
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, BC.
Mary has recently released Lucy’s Fling (her eleventh release) and it will be reviewed in Penguin Eggs in the summer of 2018.
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, is Mary’s first full-length novel that continues to stir the hearts and minds of it’s readers.
2012 saw the release of Mary’s ‘Away with the Fairies’ Book/CD combination. 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.
Book two in the fairy series arrived in 2015, and book three is in the works, to be released in late 2018.