Kieran Murphy

Kieran Murphy

BandR&BFunk

‘... the young man played like a man possessed and became a crowd hero. It was the surprise package of the night and a moment not to be forgotten.’ FasterLouder

Biography

Influenced by many and constantly evolving his own blend of funk, blues and contemporary music, Kieran Murphy's repertoire is a constant work in progress, show-casing intricate compositions, juxtaposed with captivating soulful ballads, infused with tight, funk-jazz overtones.

Described as having that indefinable ‘IT’, his technical ability and song-writing skills have enthralled audiences wherever he has played.

As the youngest endorsee of Maton Guitars and winner of numerous awards, comparisons have been made to Leo Kottke and the immortal Chet Atkins, yet he is constantly recognised as possessing a style completely his own. Invited to perform at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville in both 2004 and 2005, in the words of Tommy Emmanuel - he set 'em alight.

His technical and musical excellence has elicited international performances and stages shared with TOMMY EMMANUEL, MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD, HARRY MANX, THE CAT EMPIRE, and JACKSON BROWNE among others. Following a highly successful concert tour of Italy in November 2004, global recognition is growing with invitations to return to Italy and other European countries, as well as a return to the US in 2007.

All this is Kieran Murphy and at just 18, the exceptional talent of this young guitarist / composer has to be heard to be believed.

‘... plays with a confidence and groove that I just look for in players.’
Tommy Emmanuel

‘... simply astonishing guitar playing.’
Geoff Achison

‘... he left the audience awe struck ... You have to hear Kieran to believe that it is just him and his guitar’
Maton Showcase

‘... plays the guitar like there is no tomorrow’
MBAS

‘... the young man played like a man possessed and became a crowd hero. It was the surprise package of the night and a moment not to be forgotten.’
FasterLouder

'... Kieran is scary good!'
Harry Manx


Career highlights:
2006
• On tour as guest guitarist with Michael Franti & Spearhead
• East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival - solo performances
• East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival - as guitarist in Michael Franti & Spearhead
• Performed with Jackson Browne, The Cat Empire, Yothu Yindi, Afro Moses, and Blue King Brown
• Opening act for Los Lobos
• Apollo Bay Music Festival
• Tamworth Country Music Festival
2005
• Melbourne International Music Festival - solo performance
• Melbourne International Music Festival - as guest with Michael Franti & Spearhead
• East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival - as guest guitarist in Michael Franti & Spearhead
• Support act for Michael Franti and Spearhead
• Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention - Nashville
• Featured in Guitarist Australia Magazine (August/September 2005)
• Guest performances with Tommy Emmanuel - Victoria dates

2004
• Melbourne International Music and Blues Festival
• Maton Guitars endorsement
• Interviewed on the George Negus Tonight show
• Frankston Guitar and Music Festival
• Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention, Nashville - July
• Italy tour - with Michael Fix
• Queenscliff Music Festival
• Guest with Tommy Emmanuel at Dallas Brooks Hall
• Featured in Australian Guitar Magazine (Volume 43)
2003
• Port Fairy Folk Festival - Winner Best Young Talent Award
• Apollo Bay Music Festival
• Frankston International Guitar Festival - Winner Australian Fingerstyle Guitar Champion 2002
• Frankston International Guitar Festival
Winner Young Guitarist of the Year Award
• Featured in Australian Guitar Magazine (Volume 29)

Discography

Solitaire - 2004
Not So Simple - 2005

Set List

Enough original material for 140 minutes.