Murray Porter

Murray Porter

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"I'm a Red Man, singing the Black Man's blies, living in a White Man's world"...those were the words from my original song `Colours', and that describes me to a T. I'm a singer/songwriter/musician who's been playing the blues for 25 years all over the world.

Biography

Murray Porter is a Mohawk, Turtle clan, born and raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, and started playing music as a teenager, in bars and nightclubs throughout Ontario and Western New York. Murray performed with The Pappy Johns Band for 3 years, and is now concentrating on a solo career in British Columbia.

In 1994, he launched a solo career. In 1995, Murray recorded his first solo album "1492, Who Found Who?" for First Nations Music (distributed by EMI), and toured Canada, the U.S., Australia, Egypt, Israel, Germany, and Haiti. This coming summer, Murray has been confirmed to perform at the Out of Doors Festival, at the Lincoln Centre, and Native Sounds Downtown at the National Museum of the American Indian, both in New York City in August 2006.

In 1999 he won `Songwriter of the Year’ at the first ever Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Also a finalist in the 2003 International Songwriting Competition for blues, and was a nominee for Songwriter of the Year, for the 2004 Maple Blues Awards, Canada’s national blues awards.

Murray reunited with his fellow Six Nations blues musicians, The Pappy Johns Band, for one recording Full Circle. Together, they not only recorded a critically acclaimed album `Full Circle’, but also have performed in prestigious concerts and festivals throughout Canada, the U.S., and a blues festival in France. Full Circle was nominated for a 2005 JUNO Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year. The band won Best Blues Album at the 2004 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Full Circle, in November 2004. They performed at Blues sur Seine in Mantes-la-Jolie, France in November 2005, making their European Festival debut.

Murray also made his television hosting and writing debut on Rez Bluez TV, a 13 part performance series broadcasting in 2005/2006 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the BRAVO channel. In addition, he wrote and performed the theme song for the series. Murray also participated in Rez Bluez workshops which explored the Native influence on the formation of the early blues at Planet IndigenUS, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, and at Blues sur Seine, Mantes-la-Jolie, France.

Solo Concerts & Television Appearances:
- 20th Annual Festival of American Folklife, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. 1992
- Melbourne Music Festival, WOMADelaide, Australia 1995
- Three performances on CBC's National Aboriginal Achievement Awards
- Numerous TV appearances: FOX-TV, Chicago; CTV; CBC; VisionTV; Global TV; Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canada.

With Pappy Johns Band:
- Grand Opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s `National Museum of the American Indian’, Mainstage, Washington, D.C., September, 2004
- Montreal International Jazz Festival, Montréal 2004
- National Museum of the American Indian, Manhattan/NYC, 2004
- Planet IndigenUS, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto 2004
- 20th Annual Chicago Blues Festival, 2003
- Blues Summit Showcase, Toronto, Ontario 2003

Discography

CD’s:
“Blues sur Seine 2005 Festival compilation-France” `Make Your Mind Up’ by Murray Porter
“Toronto Blues Society 20th Anniversary compilation 2005” `Meat on the Bone’ written by Murray Porter, Toronto Blues Society, May 2005
“Full Circle” The Pappy Johns Band, Independent, November 2003
“Skin Tight Blues” A First Peoples Blues Compilation Sweet Grass Records/EMI Music Canada, July 15, 2002 - `Colours’ written by Murray Porter
"1492, Who Found Who?" EMI/First Nations Music, 1995
“The Legends Project: I Am An Eagle” First Nations Music, 1996 (recited legend and sang “Heart of the Eagle”) Aboriginal musicians compilation of Stories, Legends and Song

Set List

- Can perform solely original blues songs, and can also incorporate blues classics into a set