Boundless Brothers + Chris Murphy
Friday 22nd October 2021
£10 Advance £12 Door
British, Americana-Pop/Rock 3 piece dedicated to creating music with electric and acoustic sounds. They blend voices together to create 3 part harmonies, adding depth and magic to their live performances. Forming in 2014, they’ve built up a well-respected reputation across the South West of England. Living in Cornwall, following their passion for playing Live Music and Recording. The band have been performing relentlessly to bring their music to audiences of all ages.
Having supported artists such as The Proclaimers, Newton Faulkner, The Red Nex and Top Loader, the band are in high demand across the UK. With 8 Singles and 2 EP’s under their belt, they have been described as ‘ones to watch.
For 25 years, and with no sign of slowing, violinist Chris Murphy has made a living by writing, performing and recording original music. For Murphy, the path forward is charted by looking backwards to the troubadours and minstrels of ages past. Forget the exaggerated reports of the music industry’s demise. It’s only the record industry, a relative blip in the history of putting tones in sequence, that’s suffering. Music, and the opportunity to make a life’s work out of it, well, that’s not going anywhere. “In another era,” he says, “I would have played square dances and loved it. I would have been a court musician in Versailles in the 17th Century or a violinist in a circus orchestra.” For Chris Murphy, inspiration spans eras and aesthetics, but the fundamentals are the same.
Born into an Irish-Italian family near New York City, Murphy was surrounded by the disparate and eclectic sounds of his neighbours’ traditional music. “I heard and was influenced by everything – from Italian-mandolin music to bluegrass and folk, to Latin music,” he says. Inevitably, he discovered rock ‘n’ roll, claiming still further influence from some of rock’s most adventurous and eclectic icons: Lou Reed and Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson. “My real hero,” he says, “was David Lindley. Hearing him play fiddle and lap steel with Jackson Browne — that kind of esoteric, enigmatic soloing over songs is originally what I loved.”
He learned about Turkish and Indian music at Simon’s Rock of Bard College and then studied composition at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. A longtime instrumental dabbler, Murphy has mostly taught himself how to play percussion, guitar and mandolin, even some Eastern instruments, but he found his proper match at 22, when he picked up the violin. “It’s the one instrument you’ll find anywhere you go,” he says. “And it has a wonderful, charming kind of minstrel quality. I love all the myths surrounding it.”
As he searches for new ways to communicate through music, fusing styles and techniques from across the globe — a unique fabric of world music, he calls it — Murphy finds his element on the stage, where spontaneity and improvisation reign. “To me, the music is liquid, and I’m looking to have some kind of experience,” he says. “I’ll twist and turn and hammer and mould and shape cut and paste the music to do that. We have never done a song the same way twice.” As ever, Murphy re-forges the past to make a new way.