Noel Murphy



A trip down memory lane 'tis true but so much more. Some funny songs including the ubiquitous 'Bricks', the original Murphy version of same, and 'The Folker'. Some lovely songs like Ralph McTell's 'From Clare to Here'. Some unique recordings with Davy Johnstone. Overall a good feeling about a man who enjoyed his work and was loved by his faithful followers. This is an essential CD for anyone who has seen Noel or frankly even been to a folk club. TONY KINGSBURY





'He might be a fool, but he's no eejit' 

'There is no-one quite like Murphy. But that is one of the attributes of a great performer, which he most certainly is.I first met him about 40 years ago, sharing a gig at the Crown in Lichfield, and since then, in the very many times I have seen him perform, he has never failed to get the audience into the palm of his hand. A massive talent - good golfer too.' DEREK BRIMSTONE

'Someone I could listen to all night and frequently have to. RICHARD DIGANCE

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  A Review

As anyone who ever saw Noel during his forty-plus years of gleeful gallivanting across the folk scene will confirm, an evening with Murphy was an undiluted pleasure. As is this double CD, which (of course) opens with 'The Folker' before plunging into a further forty cracking tracks.

All the old favourites are present and incorrect, including the original version of 'The Bricks'; the deliriously comical 'The Vicar and the Frog'; and (yippee!) 'Dinny Burns'. But there has always been a more reflective side to Murf with 'The Old Man's tale', 'From Clare to Here' and 'The Tinkerman's Daughter' being definitive versions of much covered songs. It's this ability to handle darker and more challenging pieces that nicely compliments Noel's justifiably legendary comic material.

Most of the tracks on the album were recorded live between 1966 and 2002, however Noel and his team have done a brilliant job of making a record that sounds like one marathon session. Also excellent is a 16 page booklet with some cracking photos and tributes from a few of the many artists and others who hold Noel in such high esteem.

Mick Dunn


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