Noel Murphy

b. 27 November 1943, Killarney, County Kerry, Eire. Singer, guitar player, and storyteller, Murphy first visited London in 1962 and decided to stay. He went to a wide number of folk clubs, then springing…
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b. 27 November 1943, Killarney, County Kerry, Eire. Singer, guitar player, and storyteller, Murphy first visited London in 1962 and decided to stay. He went to a wide number of folk clubs, then springing up under the banner of the folk revival. Shortly afterwards, Murphy started out doing the obligatory ‘floor spots’ in the clubs, and was rewarded with offers of bookings. The residency of the famous London club Les Cousins in Soho followed. He then began playing a large number of folk festivals, including Norwich, Cambridge and Trowbridge. In 1965, Murphy released an EP, Noel Murphy, for EMI Records. Subsequent releases turned up on a variety of labels, including Fontana Records and RCA Records. Murphy had by now been working abroad a great deal, in places as diverse as Saudi Arabia, Bermuda, Kenya, and Hungary.

In 1982, Murphy’s throat was damaged when he choked on a piece of glass which was found in his drink. His full-time singing career temporarily ended, he left the scene for five years. During this time he developed his abilities as an after dinner speaker. As a result, he is now much in demand in his capacity as a storyteller at golf and rugby functions. In 1987, he released the single ‘Murphy And The Bricks’ aka ‘Why Paddy’s Not At Work Today’, recounting the amusing excuse given for someone not turning up for work on the building site. Murphy’s career spans over 40 years, and includes numerous radio and television appearances, with many in Eric Sykes’ television shows and films. Murphy now does very few folk club bookings since he began touring with his one man show - An Evening With Noel Murphy.