Deirdre Murphy has just released Phenomenally Women, a neo-folk arrangement of Dr. Maya Angelou’s famous 1978 poem Phenomenal Woman. The track draws inspiration from artists such as Aldous Harding and Sylvan Esso. The poem speaks of the inner strength, conviction, and beauty with which women carry themselves and creates a deeply affirming acceptance of ourselves in our wholeness. Phenomenally Women offers us a moment to warmly celebrate ourselves, and take joy in celebrating each other. The track is released in collaboration with Caged Bird Legacy, the organization responsible for Maya Angelou’s estate.
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.
Capitalism: The Musical (2017)
Deirdre Murphy's seminal work of acrobatic musical theatre, with music, lyrics and book by Deirdre Murphy, and additional music by John Linanne. The musical tells the tale of a heroic group of everyday acrobats, aided by a powerful triumvirate of fairy godmothers. Our heroes tell their stories -- who they are and why they care, while a trio of emperors breathes down their necks and strives to stay on top.
Musically ranging from catchy showstoppers, heart wrenching duets, and stirring anthemic choral pieces, the musical retains a sense of humor and a hint of irony. Spells are cast and broken, whistles are blown, and a possible future is written.