Lucy’s Fling (from Lucy’s Fling)
The Snowy Path (from Lucy’s Fling)
Hills of Connemara (from Lucy’s Fling)
Tir’na n’Og (from A Painted Moon)
Orla (from Three Hand Reel)
‘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.
Waters Of My Heart Written and arranged by Paul Keim © 1998
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
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 recently released Lucy’s Fling (her eleventh release) which was 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 first children’s book, Away with the Fairies’ (with audio CD). 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.
Away with the Fairies, book two (with audio CD) arrived in 2015. This book continues the story of the Clan and introduces several new characters from Carabeg, including the King Maly, Queen Brisa and Johnny Waddles, a duckling who is terrified of rain. This book boasts many bonus materials including a bookmark.
Book three, The Adventures of Nash the Dash is newly released (May 2020) and highlights a very popular forest dweller, named Nash. Once again, the book boasts bonus materials including trading buttons. The audio for this CD is attained via the web site with QR code or password.
Mary’s ‘of note’ link info
- Mary’s newest book – Speaking Of: A houseful of eclectic works of fiction
- Mary’s adult novel – The Emeral Diaries: Secrets of an Irish Clan
- 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
- MARY’S AWARD WINNING PUBLISHED CHILDREN’S RELEASE, ‘Away with the Fairies’ book/CD Book One and Book Two.
- Click to see MARY’S NEWEST CHILDREN’S STORIES WITH ACCOMPANYING VIDEOS
- 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