Corey Murphy

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Jim Deely started to catalogue information about the Irish sheepherders of Lake County, Oregon. Unfortunately, he passed in 2017 (may he rest in peace). I have purchased the domain so that the many links to that domain are not lost; while I had hoped to copy and archive the site here, I found it too great a task for my limited time. The majority of the site is still available here.

Who is Corey Murphy?

My mission is to use music to connect with others in unexpected ways.

For the traveller, this means helping them feel as though they are at home with friends and family.
For the local, this means inspiring a sense of nostalgia and pride.
For the venue manager, this means surprising and delighting guests.
For everyone else, it means finding a way to connect and build a genuine relationship.

Che Guevara said* (paraphrased), "How is it possible to feel such nostalgia for a world I've never known?"

My dad is from Ireland, and when I first visited, I was engrossed in the music. The day I stepped foot in Scully's bar for my first session was the day my musical life changed. The sounds of fiddles and accordions, the reverence for the musicians, the smell of beer, the strange rhythms of the jigs and polkas- it immediately made me feel at home. Time stood still.

That experience led me to seek out a wide variety of music from all over Ireland and the world. I became very interested in Irish ballads*, and so began to sing them in my best imitation of Paddy Reilly. Along the way, I gained an appreciation for Irish history, my own family history, and the importance of perserving and reinventing history and culture through song. It opened my mind to new styles of music and ways of thinking, and my music is primarily for people who seek out the same. Singing a great song is more important to me than who or where that song came from, so despite the popular advice I don't adhere strictly to one genre.

This blending of cultures into my musical profile is the only way to explain myself. In doing so, I hope that my audiences will feel a connection- nostalgia for a person they've never met, maybe.

If you want to know more, I recommend clicking over to "Is he any good?" to listen to some of my music and learn a little more. Of course, you can always email me: I read every email.

*or maybe just the movie version of him said. I haven't read the book yet. Sorry.
*To be fair, some of them are Scottish or English. The ones who don't know this don't care, and the ones that do know know that I know, so it's good, you know?

Is he any good?
Yes. :)

I've played with a lot of different musicians in a lot of different combinations and styles.
Here's a clip from a recent show:

In 2009, I recorded the album Lark with Celtic fusion group Ordinance. Here's a sample:

Is he responsible?
Yes, so long as there's no fire involved.

Seriously, I'm a professional and I understand business as much as I understand music. This means that when I'm performing in your venue:

  • I treat you and your guests with respect.
  • I don't perform drunk or high.
  • I show up on time.
  • I do my best to ensure that my performance is meeting our goal of helping your guests (see: who is Corey Murphy?).
  • If something goes wrong, I'll handle it with flexibility and patience.
Many musicians treat themselves as amateurs, and many small venue owners have come to expect a certain level of behaviour from artists they hire. I am not an amateur, and I typically don't perform in venues with low expectations. In exchange for this level of professionalism and respectful candor, I expect the same from the venues and people I work with.

Can I book him?

Here are the basic requirements that I hold my clients to:

  • There must be a signed contract in place between us and the venue before any performance will be booked.
  • Performance length/content/costs can be negotiated, but there is a $500 minimum for all performances.
  • If you need additional acts for your event, I will be happy to help connect you with others.
  • The above is a little more work than just a handshake, but I've found that business relationships are much clearer and smoother when done this way.

If you're ready, the first step is to fill out this short application.
I will contact you as soon as possible after receiving it. For festivals and other events that require an artist press kit or other materials, please send me an email and I will be happy to provide whatever you need.

Fans who want to know more:
For now, visit my Facebook page.