Noel Murphy is a Kerryman.Born in Killarney in Nov. 1943, his family moved to Dublin in 1950, where they still live. He came to London in '62. Whilst working at various jobs lie started going to folk-clubs, and having spent a short apprenticeship as a floor-singer, became a full-time folksinger in '64. He was well prepared for his vocation - in his schooldays he'd been an actor, a drummer and a goalkeeper.
His easy going humorous style soon got him plenty of work, including being the first resident at the all-night 'Les Cousins' club in Soho, where he compered and performed alongside the likes of Alexis Korner, Ralph McTell, Sandy Denny, Bert Jansch, Alex Campbell and many, many more good companions.
Folk-clubs were sprouting up all over Britain, and Noel was opening many of these clubs. He started going abroad in '65, when he busked to Greece and back, and has since taken his songs and stories to over 50 countries.
His first recording came out in '66 on Columbia, and he subsequently recorded albums for Fontana, Village Thing, M.F.P., Plant Life, and R.C.A. In '87 he had a hit with his single 'Murphy and the Bricks', and now runs his own label 'Fine Hairy Rope Records'.
He was joined in '68 by the 16 year old banjoist Davey Johnstone, from Edinburgh, touring for 2 years as Murf and Shaggis, until they were joined, on double bass, by The Strawbs' Ron Chesterman, and they became the much-loved and legendary Draught Porridge. Davey, went on to become Elton John's lead guitarist and bandleader, and remains such. Noel has appeared on over 300 television programmes and has broadcast on radio, over 2000 times. His TV appearances included 2 comedies, with his dear golfing partner Eric Sykes, for ITV, partnering lan Woosnam on Pro-Celebrity Golf, on BBC2. He also recorded one-man shows for Grampian, Southern, Trinidad, and Danish TV.
Noel has always loved sports, especially golf, Gaelic games and Rugby Football. He was a caddie as a youngster, his first handicap was 5 and he became a scratch golfer, playing for both Surrey and Middlesex in the '70's. He has held or shared 6 different course records, has had 14 holes-in-one, and has partnered over 70 Ryder Cup players and several Open champions. He was Captain of The Stage Golfing Society in 1978.
"Nowadays I enjoy going out
as my own
tribute act, and still do all my own
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