Murphy's Lore



January 26, 2020 at 16:00

Their material often strays across genres as diverse as folk, rockabilly, country, blues, and ska

Murphy's Lore are one of the UK’s most established independent folk rock bands and have played extensively across the UK and Europe over the last decade. Their material often strays across genres as diverse as folk, rockabilly, country, blues, and ska, but always retains the distinctive Murphy’s Lore feel and sound. Their energetic live performances inevitably produce colourful and highly spirited events that lift their audiences and leave them wanting more. Over the years the band has played alongside many respected and established artists including Steeleye Span, Penguin Cafe, Dreadzone, Show Of Hands, Chris Wood, Andy Cutting, Karen Tweed, Ian Carr and Ade Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds. ‘Murphy’s Lore’s initial album ‘Lore of the Land’, was a live studio performance capturing the raw energy of the band’s first compositions, that shouts, rants and snaps at society, cleverly interspersed with wild interpretations of cult American folk songs from the likes of Leadbelly and Hank Williams. ‘Lore of the Land’ was a landmark for Murphy’s Lore and set the tone for the band’s eclectic nature. Quote: “a contagious blend of folk fused with punk country blues and a subtle twist of dub, infectious violin melodies, speedy harmonica and screaming slide guitar work, and all the while bass and drums keep it all stomping along enthusiastically.” - Grapevine Magazine – ‘Lore of the Land’ Review (Sept 2008) ‘Lore & Disorder’ the band’s 2nd album, released in June 2010 was received with enthusiastic acclaim, and includes guests; Karen Tweed of the Poozies on accordion, and singer / songwriter Adele Swallow on backing vocals. ‘Lore & Disorder’ reflects the bands philosophies, humour and experience, bringing an uplifting and fresh sound to their unique take on life and music. Clearly a step up from their first album, the improved studio production and guest contributions give it a warmth and accessibility that strengthens the quality of the songs and overall feel of the album. Quote: “Awesome band” – Jenni Wares, In 2009 and 2011 ‘Murphy’s Lore’ were invited to play Glastonbury Festival. During the last few years the band has performed all over the festival circuit, and have been asked to headline on numerous occasions, venues include: Hachfest, Worstead Festival, Greenpeace Fair, Jelly Fest, Wivenhoe Mayfair, Fordham Fest, Gig In The Park, WoW Fest, Twilight Festival, Henham Steam Rally and FolkEast. Quote: “.... Murphy’s Lore played a stomping set to a packed tent of revellers....” – Wivenhoe May Fair Official website Quote: “The power goes off during Murphys Lore's set. Does it stop them? Does it hell!” – Jenni Wares, Lockstock is the band’s own annual one day festival, running since 2008 in the picturesque setting of The Locks at Geldeston on the south eastern reaches of the Norfolk Broads. An intimate event that has attracted bands from across the country and upwards of 500 eager supporters to experience a full day of entertainment with its two stages, sideshow acts and colourful atmosphere, and over 30 real ales and ciders from near and far to choose from including the local ‘C.A.M.R.A Award’ winning Green Jack! Quote:”Great music, a relaxed atmosphere and some lovely people combined to make the third Lockstock festival a success...” The Journal (Friday 18/06/2010).

Venue Details

10 Dereham Road, Norwich