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The Irish Pub presents Justin Murphy

June 11, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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An immigrant to the U.S. from England in 1978, I discovered Irish music much later while attending Tulane University in New Orleans in 1989. Under the tutelage of Dublin native, Richie Stafford, a player of both Irish traditional flute and fiddle, I began a fifteen year stint as one of the house musicians at O’Flaherty’s Irish Channel Pub. Initially learning tin whistle, flute and bodhran (traditional Irish drum), I later added vocals and guitar (for more gigs!). I currently play gigs in the Orlando area, and teach anthropology at Seminole State College in Sanford, FL. I also recently began working with Lamont Goff, mandolin and guitar player extraordinaire. We’re currently recording our first album and starting to play gigs in Orlando and surrounding areas.

While living in New Orleans, I was a founding member of the critically acclaimed, New Orleans-based Irish band, the Poor Clares, which debuted at the 1993 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest). With band members Betsy McGovern, Patrick O’Flaherty and Beth Patterson, the Poor Clares recorded three albums and headlined festivals and concert venues throughout the US, including the Milwaukee Irish Festival, the North Texas Irish Festival (NTIF) and Carnegie Hall. Our second album, “Change of Habit,” earned us the title, “…one of America’s best Irish bands,” from Dirty Linen Magazine. I also played for many years at the Kerry Irish Pub in New Orleans, along with Eddie Doyle and Larry Meyerhoff. We were the house band in the mid to late 90’s. The Kerry Pub is still going strong, although offers a lot more diversity in folk and acoustic music these days.

Additionally, I played in the Irish traditional group Legacy along with band members Valerie Plested and Don Penzien. Focusing on the traditional dance music of Ireland, Legacy regularly appeared at Irish festivals around the country including the North Texas Irish Festival (NTIF), the Savannah Irish Festival, the Northeast Louisiana Irish Festival (NELA), and Hirishfest (Mt. Rose, NV – the highest Irish festival by elevation).

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, O’Flaherty’s Irish Channel Pub shut its doors for good. I moved to Washington, DC and performed solo in many of the Irish pubs in the area, such as the Dubliner on Capitol Hill, Ireland’s Four Provinces in Falls Church, VA and the James Joyce in Baltimore, MD. I now live in the Orlando, FL area and play at local Irish venues, including Raglan Road on Disney’s Pleasure Island and Nolan’s Irish Pub in Cocoa Beach.

From foot-stomping jigs and reels to pub favorites and songs in the tradition of Planxty, Paul Brady, and Ossian, my performances offer a diversity of Irish, Scottish and other Celtic music that pleases many tastes.


June 11, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Irish Pub on Washington Street
109 E Washington Street
Lewisburg, WV 24901 United States
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