Julie Murphy at the Holywell Music Room

Eynsham, Oxfordshire
Event date
06 Dec 2012
928 days ago


Exquisite heartfelt folk

Julie Murphy's remarkable voice has led to collaborations with John Cale and Robert Plant and to TIME OUT declaring her a 'must see, must hear singer'. Well known for her work with Welsh folk innovators fernhill, she has just released a new solo album 'A Quiet House', her first for ten years. She describes the songs, which were written mainly at the piano, as "musical collages, as much influenced by the paintings of Chagall as they are by folk song and the music of Steve Reich and Joanna Newsom".

Joining her on harp and trombone is Canadian musician Ceri Owen Jones reprising his exquisite contributions to the album.

'Julie Murphy is a towering talent, both in traditional music and as a singer-songwriter. She possesses a voice of stark, spectral beauty that recalls Shirley Collins and Sandy Denny. Her singing is hypnotic and trance-like, a serene stream of sound finding majesty in minor-key melancholy.' The Guardian

'Austerely beautiful, this is musical minimalism that packs maximum emotion' Songlines ****

'A wonderful singer-songwriter ' The Arts Desk

' That was truly, truly beautiful ' John Peel

Steph West has used her grounding in the traditional music and song of Britain and Ireland to pioneer new repertoire for lever harp, while continuing to mature as a composer of original work. She is one of Oxford’s most enchanting and treasured performers.

Co-promoted by OCM, Folk Arts Oxford and Folk Weekend Oxford

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