Neil Murray has become one of Australia’s most respected and influential singer/songwriters and has enjoyed a solo career since 1989 after first emerging as a co-founding member of the pioneering Warumpi Band in the early 1980’s.
Since then he has released a string of remarkable albums- the latest of which is Hindsight- a two CD release of 32 back catalogue tracks. During his career of over three decades, he picked up an APRA song of the year award in 1995 for penning the anthem ‘My Island Home’ – which was originally recorded by the Warumpi Band and re-recorded by Christine Anu.
‘Blackfella, Whitefella’, ‘Good Light in Broome’ and ‘Native Born’ are just some of the iconic songs he has written, while artists such as Mary Black, Missy Higgins and Jimmy Little have covered some of his songs. Neil performed at the Port Fairy Folk Festival this year in March and was awarded the Maton Artist of the year. It comes as no surprise Murray took out the award, after winning Australian’s (and the world’s) hearts for more than 30 years.
Now, he is bringing his music to those who may not have had chance to see him at Port Fairy with the announcement of three concerts in South West Victoria in December. These three concerts will be Neil’s final shows for the year. He won’t resume performing until late January so you won’t want to miss it.
Supporting Neil will be Fiona Kershaw, an independent singer/songwriter/guitarist based in South West Victoria. Having previously supported Neil Murray in the past, Fiona has performed at numerous festivals including Yungaburra Folk Festival, Wintermoon Festival, Denmark Easter Festival, Village Arts Festival of the Capricorn Coast and Katoomba Winter Festival and Upwelling Festival.
Currently, Neil resides in the Lake Bolac district so he is looking forward to a neat little road trip not too far from his inland home down along the south west coast. Don’t miss one of the nation’s most important songwriters live in concert.
When & Where: The Loft, Warrnambool – December 8, The Royal Hotel, Portland – December 9 & McArthur Hotel – December 10.