Hands Down


Phenomenally Women

Press / Reviews

Hot Press Magazine:

"Over four decades years after Dr. Maya Angelou's iconic poem 'Phenomenal Woman' was first published, multi-disciplinary artist Deirdre Murphy has breathed powerful new life into the piece, with a brilliant neo-folk arrangement released as a new single, 'Phenomenally Women'."


Kate Brayden at Hot Press says:

"If there was ever an ideal time and place to release a single about solidarity, it's Ireland in 2021. Musician, choreographer, and theatre maker, Deirdre Murphy, has debuted her new track 'Phenomenally Women'; breathing new life into the ever-uplifting 1978 poem by Dr Maya Angelou; 'Phenomenal Woman'."



Deirdre Murphy is a singer/songwriter, choreographer, dancer, playwright, actor, and sartorial adventurer. She creates work for international audiences in theatre, dance, and music and connects with people through singing, teaching handstands, and leading retreats. Alaskan by birth, she has made Dublin her home. 

Deirdre's second single Hands Down is about connection to the natural world and to beauty. With a clear vocal tone comparable to Sylvan Esso or Joni Mitchell, the track manages a dark introspection and an open, delicate lilt. The video was made in the west of Ireland by filmmaker Ciara Malone, and the track was produced by Oli Ryan. It features Thunderclap Murphy on ukulele, Denis McAuliffe on violin and mandolin, and Ryan on double bass, percussion and guitar.  

Deirdre is the writer and composer of “Capitalism: The Musical” (2017), acrobatic musical theatre which has toured Ireland and Italy, and has been translated into Italian. She is the creator/collaborator of many original works of music, dance, aerial dance, theatre, and performance art. She has co-curated and produced three festivals and numerous performances, and has been featured in Oonagh Kearney’s short films “The Wake” and “Her Mother’s Daughters.” She performed in the Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, many other festivals with macabre aerial performance group Guerilla Aerial. Deirdre’s work has been performed in Ireland, the USA, Italy, Germany, France, and Canada.