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A founding member of the groundbreaking Warumpi Band, Neil helped make contemporary Indigenous music to be heard in mainstream Australia. Neil has enjoyed a solid solo career since 1989.

Neil’s live shows are the stuff of legend and combine a rare gift for storytelling with a famously passionate performance. He has played at gigs and festivals small and large and remains an enduring and creative talent in the Australian music scene.

“Neil Murray sings from the heart of this country.” – Jim Moginie, founding member of Midnight Oil, producer and songwriter

“His lyrical themes are as relevant to Australia as Woody Gurthrie’s are to America.” – Billy Pinnell, Broadcaster/Writer

“An outstanding singer/songwriter.” – Bill Hauritz, Executive Director, Woodford Folk Festival

In 1995 Neil Murray received the APRA song of the year award for his composition ‘My Island Home’ originally written for the Warumpi Band and later recorded by Christine Anu.  The song featured famously in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics and was named 25th on APRA’s list of the top 30 Australian songs.

‘Jailanguru Pakarnu’ (out from jail) – co-written with Sammy Butcher and recorded by the Warumpi Band was included on the inaugural National Film and Sound Archive’s ‘Sounds of Australia’ collection in 2007. Released in 1983, it was one of the first pop/rock songs sung in an Indigenous language.  In 2016 ‘My Island Home’ as recorded by Christine Anu – was also included in the NFSA ‘Sound of Australia’ series.

‘Blackfella Whitefella’, ‘Good light in Broome’, ‘Native Born’ and ‘Burrumbeep Hill’ are just some of the iconic songs Neil Murray has penned.  Mary Black, Jimmy Little, Missy Higgins, Christine Anu, Peter Denahy, Amy Saunders, Powderfinger, Tiddas, Peter Brandy, Adam Brand, Emma Donovan, Yirrmal Marika and Ursula Yovich and many others have recorded his works.

Neil’s output has done much to deepen Australia’s contemporary music heritage.  In 2017 he was named Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist of the Year.

He has released 13 solo albums.  His latest release ‘Hindsight’ showcases 32 songs selected from his back catalogue.

http://neilmurray.com.au/

Available on iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/hindsight-selected-songs/id1232431514

View Neil’s latest video ‘Whispering Casuarina’ at:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/etiA4IsaAD0

UPCOMING GIGS:

18 Nov 8pm: Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL Club, 95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh, VIC
An Evening with Neil Murray
With Damien Neil
BOOKINGS: Peter Foley 0411 569 180
peter@caravanmusic.com.au
www.caravanmusic.com.au

19 Nov 6pm: The Toff in Town, 2/252 Swanston St, Melbourne, Vic
Neil Murray in Concert
Accompanied by Damien Neil
Doors 6pm, Show from 6.45pm. (2 sets)
BOOKINGS:
http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/neil-murray-with-special-guests/98971

Nov 132017
 

The band is doing an early show (7:30pm) and a late one (10pm) on Saturday 18th of November and have promised to turn Melbourne’s classiest jazz club all shades of neon!

“Funklords Lake Minnetonka have been bringing infectious jazz riffs and bouncing funk beats to Melbourne since 2013, jetting between hometown Melbourne and the soulful Minneapolis that has been influencing their sound.” – Speaker TV

Lake Minnetonka features bandleader and composer Adam Rudegeair (PBS FM’s ‘Black Wax’, The Bowie Project) on keytar and synths, Jack Wieseler on guitar, Ann Metry (Sol Nation) on bass, Emily Shaw on drums and ‘AJ’ Jackson on sax.

2017 has so far seen Lake Minnetonka play the Sydney Road Street Festival in March and the Stonnington Jazz Festival in May, as well as recording with Paul Peterson (The Time, fDeluxe/The Family) when he was here in April, playing at Bird’s Basement with the Minneapolis All-Stars.

In 1987, Prince released two instrumental jazz/funk albums under the band name Madhouse that blended the bebop-infused saxophone wizardry of Eric Leeds (fDeluxe, D’Angelo), with heavy robotic grooves. It is from these instrumental Madhouse recordings that Lake Minnetonka takes its cues, combining hard and irrepressible beats with infectious jazz riffs and incendiary solos.

Lake Minnetonka is now finishing their debut album, which will be released early next year. The album features collaborations with some of Melbourne’s most talented jazz, funk and soul vocalists, including Chantal Mitvalsky, who features on the band’s latest single, “There It Is”. While Chantal is currently in New York, a special guest vocalist will be joining Lake at this very special single launch.

https://birdsbasement.com/show/454/lake-minnetonka

Nov 022017
 
Karise Eden This Weekend –  Live & Acoustic 3 gigs!

  This weekend Karise Eden, arguably Australia’s best new female blues vocalist, will perform live and acoustically at select Melbourne venues. Karise Eden is all natural talent with a soulful voice borne of a hard knock life; the depth & feeling she expresses when she sings makes it hard to believe she is still only 25 years [more]