JULIE MURPHY duet acústic amb Ceri Matthews
Julie Murphy is a singer songwriter and member of Welsh folk innovators fernhill. She writes songs at the piano at home in the Welsh countryside.
Her remarkable voice, spectrally beautiful one moment and darkly rich the next, has led to collaborations with John Cale and Robert Plant and to TIME OUT declaring her a ’must see, must hear singer’.
She describes herself as “an artist working through the medium of music” whose art school background laid the foundation for her continuing musical explorations.
In 2016 she released her fourth solo album ‘EVERY BIRD THAT FLIES’ on her own ‘Shells in the ocean’ label, receiving support and airplay from across the BBC plus independents like Resonance and FRUK. The album was included in the MOJO Top ten folk albums of 2016 list and was a fROOTS magazine critics choice album.
“Such a beautiful song from the new and rather splendid LP”
GIDEON COE BBC 6 MUSIC
“Oh my god this is beautiful, every piece of music on it is fantastic”
ADAM WALTON BBC RADIO WALES INTRODUCING
“Gorgeous” MARY ANN KENNEDY BBC RADIO 3 WORLD ROUTES
“It’s lovely” VERITY SHARP BBC RADIO 3 LATE JUNCTION
“Stunning work as ever” THE NEST COLLECTIVE
“Three cheers for the magic people of the world! Go listen to @juliemurphysong’s record. Utterly amazing" ANNA AND ELIZABETH
The album’s six newly written songs and three traditional ones showcase Murphy’s remarkable, contemporary interpretation of folk song and deeply personal yet politicised art folk songwriting.
Recorded and mixed at Mwnci studios in the grounds of the now derelict Dolwilym mansion in West Wales, the nucleus of the album is Murphy singing at a 1904 Bechstein boudoir grand piano; some songs feature exquisite contributions from Ceri Owen Jones on trombone and Aidan Thorne on double bass.
Track one ‘the mermaid’, was also the title track of her 2015 EP of the same name featured on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction by Mara Carlyle and on BBC radio 2’s folk show with Mark Radcliffe where Murphy performed live in session.
'EVERY BIRD THAT FLIES’ is the follow up to 2012’s critically acclaimed 'A QUIET HOUSE’ and her first since working with ROBERT PLANT on his 2014 album 'Lullaby…and the ceaseless roar’
“I think I can hear the musical DNA of Nico, Lal Waterson & PJ Harvey’s White Chalk in @juliemurphysong’s beautiful 2012 album A Quiet House. Anyway, whatever it is, I’m absolutely smitten.” PETE PAPHIDES
In addition to performing the new songs live, most notably at the beautiful Foundling Museum in London, 2016 was also a year in which piano music she wrote and performed for Inga Burrows beautiful short film 'Shock of the Muse’ was nominated for a Best composer award at Underwire festival. She also collaborated with musician and composer Inge Thomson on the 'Ffatri Vox'project commissioned by the first Cardiff Festival of Voice.