Marty Murray

Marty Murray

BandFolkAcoustic

I perform in an acoustic format with 12-string guitar and vocals. I do a wide variety of folk, rock and pop classics with an emphasis on singer-songwriters. My own music is in the folk/folk-rock genre and is heavily influenced by Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, and artists of that nature.

Biography

I began playing professionally in 1979, starting out at the old Jolly Brewer Pub on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, and the Yellow Bug Lounge at the Skylon Tower. Before too long I found myself playing regularly in the Niagara region at most of the well-known clubs which featured live entertainment. I spent almost ten years in the Neil Young/California rock tribute acoustic trio Decade, and later went on to do a two-man band, Desert Son, with lead guitarist Rich Morton, as well as an acoustic duo with local singer-songwriter Rick Rose. I even tried my hand at the one-man band thing for awhile, but now I'm back to where it all started, with just me and my trusty twelve-string, and my voice. It's been over twenty-eight years and I'm still having a blast!

Some of my regular stops these days include Coco's at the Holiday Inn By The Falls, Cool Hand Luke's, Clancy's, The After Hours, The Maid of the Mist Marketplace, Mick & Angelo's Patio, all in Niagara Falls, Patrick Sheehan's Irish Pub in St. Catharines, and the Canal Side Pub in Port Colborne.

I play a wide variety of rock and pop hits, with an emphasis on the 70's and 80's and the singer-songwriters of those eras, including Cat Stevens, The Eagles, Simon & Garfunkle, The Beatles, The Stones, Van Morrison, John Cougar Mellencamp, Bob Seger, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Jim Croce, Glen Campbell, James Taylor, and many others. Newer songs by artists such as Coldplay, Ron Sexsmith and Dave Matthews have also been added in, with more to come. I finished recording my debut album, "Ghosts" in early 2005, and the reaction to it has been overwhelmingly positive. The CD contains 11 original songs as well as a cover of Ron Sexsmith's "Trains." I've been offered a distribution deal for the album by Bullseye Records of Canada, and one of the songs, "As You Lie Sleeping," was featured on the recent "Spirit of the Falls" compilation CD, which showcases unsigned Niagara Falls-based artists and bands. The song was also chosen from submissions from all over Canada for the "Let It Snow Too" compilation CD which was released in the fall of 2006. I am currently in the process of writing and preparing to record my second CD, which will be called "Northern Town," which I hope to release in the summer of 2008.

After all these years it's still a pleasure to see my music put a smile on people's faces, and that's what keeps me going. I hope to be doing this for many more years to come, performing for people from all over the world and continuing with my recording career.

Discography

Ghosts - My debut CD, released independently in 2005. Features eleven original songs and a cover of Ron Sexsmith's "Trains."

Spirit Of The Falls Compilation CD - Features my track "As You Lie Sleeping." Released in 2006 by the Arts Council Of Niagara Falls.

Let It Snow Too!! Compilation CD - Features my track "As You Lie Sleeping." Released in 2006 by Go Get'm Productions in Calgary, Alberta.

Set List

Allman Brothers - Sweet Melissa
America - Sister Golden Hair, Horse With No Name, Sandman
Bad Company - Shooting Star
The Band - The Weight
The Beatles - Norwegian Wood, I’ve Just Seen A Face, Eight Days A Week, You’ve
Got To Hide Your Love Away, Yesterday
Blue Oyster Cult - Don’t Fear The Reaper
Blue Rodeo - Hasn’t Hit Me Yet, Bad Timing
James Blunt - You’re Beautiful
Bon Jovi - Livin’ On A Prayer
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust, Space Oddity
Dido - White Flag
Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman, Galveston, The Highwayman
Eric Clapton - Before You Accuse Me, Lay Down Sally, Wonderful Tonight
Bruce Cockburn - Lovers In A Dangerous Time
Coldplay - Yellow
John Cougar Mellencamp - Pink Houses, Hurt So Good, Cherry Bomb
Creedence Clearwater - Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Who’ll Stop The Rain, Lodi,
Have You Ever Seen The Rain
Jim Croce - Operator, I Got A Name, Leroy Brown, You Don’t Mess Around With
Jim, I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Southern Cro