latest release - sweet and strong
Modern Mystery Blog says...
"Deirdre Murphy’s “Sweet and Strong” is a neo-folk gem that captures the magic and exhilaration of falling in love. The song’s heartfelt lyrics and warm, summery vibes create a sense of expansiveness and wonder, akin to the feeling of the golden hour when everything appears vibrant and full of possibility.
The song’s simple yet satisfying groove lays the foundation for the delicate percussion and sweet harmonies that weave together seamlessly. The addition of the striking cello adds a layer of depth and emotion, elevating the song to a truly captivating experience. The instrumentation, expertly produced and engineered by Oli Ryan, strikes the perfect balance between folk-inspired elements and an alt/indie sensibility.
But the real standout centerpiece of the song is Deirdre Murphy’s vocals. Her voice is light and carries a warmth similar to that of Moriarty meets Ani DiFranco. Her poetic and wordplay-filled lyrics add to the song’s charm and authenticity, making it easy for listeners to connect with the emotions she conveys."
Deirdre’s music has been featured on RTE Radio One’s playlists, has been played on the Ronan Collins and John Creedon shows, Late Date with Cathal Murray, and more than 65 radio stations worldwide. Her work was recently featured on RTE’s Nationwide, and she and her band delivered an electrifying performance at the 2022 Electric Picnic and more recently in the Irish Museum of Modern Art (July 2023). She released her debut album Matriotism on Bandcamp in September 2022, and will bring it to streaming services in September 2023. The album has been described as “Tori Amos meets Amanda Palmer meets Joni Mitchell.”
Sweet and Strong was recorded in Dublin with Oli Ryan as producer and engineer, and features Deirdre Murphy on lyrics, song and vocals, Claire Fitch on cello and Oli Ryan on guitar, double bass and percussion. The video, out on August 11th 2023, is a light hearted and sweet celebration of life and friendship. Shot in a tiered rose garden by director Hannah Bloom, it features the acrobatic antics and camaraderie of Deirdre, Sean Kelly, and Zsofia Ruszkai.
is a musician and interdisciplinary artist. She grew up in rural Alaska with a profound connection to nature, and lived and travelled throughout the US before moving to Ireland. She is the creator of many original works of music, dance, theatre, circus, and performance art, including the circus musical “Capitalism: The Musical” (2017) which toured Ireland and Italy to sold out houses and has been translated into Italian.
Deirdre comes to music after a lifetime of making and studying performance in multiple genres, originating from her first passion in dance and the body. She plays guitar and ukulele and uses a loop station and DAW, and writes and performs spoken word vignettes integrating loop station and live music. She is known for the poetry and wordplay of her lyrics.
Deirdre wrote the circus musical Capitalism: The Musical, a synthesis of work in theatre, circus, dance, music and activism. It has been translated into Italian and toured Italy and Ireland and has recently been invited back into production. She has a long history of being involved in activist social centres, the abortion rights movement, and climate activism. She is in Praxis the artist’s union and CATU, the tenants union, and has been part of many direct actions.
Deirdre has a consistent daily voice practice and physical practice which includes handstands, training, stretching, and running. She has taught yoga for 18 years and acroyoga for 12 years and trained since childhood in many dance and movement techniques, giving her an extensive knowledge of anatomy and love for movement. She teaches handstands, yoga, ballet, voice, and is a somatic coach. She has worked as an aerialist, taught acrobatics internationally at circus festivals and workshops, and has worked in costume design, sound design, and jewelry design. She makes her own merchandise. Her work in dance has toured and performed in Canada, Germany, Italy, the UK and the USA.
Through her creative practice, Deirdre aspires to present the ideal of each individual’s right to the very highest level of human rights - while engaging in comical mishaps, awkward timing etc.
Deirdre welcomes your support on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/DeirdreMurphy