Deirdre Murphy




Deirdre Murphy is a multi-disciplinary artist with a highly physical presence. She counts herself as a musician, singer, choreographer, dancer, playwright, and sartorial adventurer. Originally from Alaska, Deirdre travelled nomadically throughout the USA collecting many adventures and stories before moving to Ireland 16 years ago. She has been creating work for international audiences in theatre, dance, and music ever since. She is a community builder and purveyor of love. 


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 and French. 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. 



Phenomenally Women is the first single of an upcoming EP which is due for release later this year. Open and available for performances and interviews -- please contact or 0851595751 

Album details

Deirdre Murphy, musician, dancer, and theatre maker, is debuting her single Phenomenally Women in April 2021.  

The track is a neo-folk arrangement, reminiscent of Sylvan Esso or Aldous Harding, of Maya Angelou’s poem Phenomenal Woman.  Bouncy and warm, Phenomenally Women is offered as a moment of inspiration and solidarity. The track is released in collaboration with Caged Bird Legacy, the organization responsible for Maya Angelou’s estate. The video features ski-suits and a sunny blue sky, and is directed by Veronica Vierin. Phenomenally Women creates a moment for all women and their allies to take a breath and celebrate womanhood.

Dr. Maya Angelou’s famous 1978 poem Phenomenal Woman speaks of the inner strength, conviction, and beauty with which women carry themselves. It creates a deeply affirming acceptance of ourselves in our wholeness, and allows us to stand together in strength, glorying in each other. 

Phenomenally Women is soon to be followed by two more singles and an EP. Deirdre says, "I think of these tracks like they're a family of daughters, all about to make their debuts. They're different from each other, as you would expect daughters to be, but each has come into the world through the blueprint of their mother. I'm excited to be offering them a chance to find new homes!" Next in line for a coming out party will be the track "Keep the Faith," an alt-rock anthem for the 99%.  Following these releases, Deirdre expects to record both her next album and the soundtrack of Capitalism: The Musical.



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'." 

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