Johnny Murphy’s First CD
Since Johnny first appeared on the scene, it was clear, even to the old dog sleeping by the big open fire in the Skerry Inn that here was someone with a real passion for the music. Right for the outset he was full of energy, enthusiasm, and real determination, which I’m sure convinced us all that here was someone who was really going to go far with his music.
His first C.D. then, entitled simply “tuned in”, is a treasure trove of 20 tracks of excellent music, with Johnny’s fine fiddling to the fore on a very varied selection of Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, Airs and Marches, including many fine tunes actually composed by the young man himself. I have no doubt some of these compositions will become standards in years to come.
However, although this is ostensibly a solo effort, he has made many friends on his musical journey to date, and he chose to share this first venture into the recording studio with some of these musical friends. So as well as giving you the opportunity to enjoy Johnny’s fine fiddling in the comfort of your own home, this CD also gives you the chance to hear many other fine musicians including first and foremost his uncle, Jim McNeill who was not only responsible for actually making the fiddle that Johnny plays on this recording, but Jim also accompanies Johnny on many tracks, playing Spoons.
Johnny also invited along the local fiddlers who proved to be the biggest inspiration to him over the years, including Dominic McNabb, Ciaran Mulholland, Walter Hutchinson and Denis Sweeney, plus Accordion maestros Lesley Craig and Paul O’Donnell. Other musicians who shared in the experience were Rose Murray, Padraig Lynch, Sheila Rooney, Michael Sayers, who sings on the CD and was responsible for the artwork and Johnny singles out for special mention Pianist Deirdre Mulholland, who also wrote the cover notes and has been a great friend to him over the years.
In his sleeve notes, Johnny also takes the time to thank his major tutors over the years, Cahal Kerr, Maebh McKeown and Sean MaGuire, who I’m sure are now all very proud of him, and his handywork on this recording.
The CD was recorded by Sean Quinn, a fine musician himself, and Johnny has dedicated this recording to the memory of three very fine, and sadly missed, local musicians Mary Mulholland, Alex Higgins and Billy McKee who were each responsible for much inspiration and encouragement over the years.
I can thoroughly recommend this excellent CD to anyone interested in good honest traditional fiddle playing. Johnny is only starting out on his recording career with ‘tuned in’, and a very fine first step it is too, but I have absolutely no doubt at all that we are going to see a lot more from this talented young man, in the years ahead.
Johnny Murphy - a fine Co. Antrim Fiddler, carrying on the tradition in style! More power to his elbow!