Biography

I describe myself as an infant songwriter. I only really began writing in earnest in my 30s but I've been quite lucky to do a lot of work in a short period of time. 

I've shared the stage with Grammy award winner Don Henry at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters festival. That gig was huge for me. I followed Don on the in the round format and I didn't feel out of place. It's opened a lot of doors for me. I like playing with other musicians but I'm lucky that most of my songs work well with just voice and guitar.

I have a 9 to 5 gig as a psychiatric nurse. I use music as an intervention to help patients who have suffered severe trauma and neglect.

I released an EP called Death of a singer songwriter myself in 2014. In August 2015, I released my debut album, Let it be.
The album received a lot of airplay throughout the UK and Ireland. Special local guests on the album include Anthony Toner, Linley Hamilton and Kaz Hawkins. Cherrie McIlwaine at the BBC named Let it be as her album of the week on the day of it's release. Ralph McLean featured the album heavily on his Local voices show. BBC Scotland and Wales played tracks from the album heavily in the summer of 2015. The album was long listed for the NI music prize for album of the year.

I played with the likes of The Magic numbers, Ash and Billy Bragg at festivals to promote the record. I've supported The Paperboys, Bap Kennedy and The 4 of us on their Irish tour and capped off a great year by winning Dawson's songwriting competition. 80 people from across the UK and Ireland entered the competition, and I was fortunate enough to be the unanimous choice of all judges to take home the prize of a new guitar, EP recording, and headline slot at Belnash 2016.

I have played with Hall of fame writer Gary Burr and Don Henry at the legendary Bluebird cafe in Nashville. I have co-written with Gary, Georgia Middleman, Buddy Mondlock and Benita Hill, and performed at Music city roots, and Music city Irish festival to an audience of 7000 people. I have been writing  and pitching songs in Nashville since 2016, and I would love to hear my songs in TV and films.

Writing songs is easy. Writing good songs, important songs: that's trickier. I'm trying to write the songs I want to hear on the radio. I figure if I aim for the head, heart and the gut and reach anyone on any of these levels, I'll be ok.


They say...
" Simon has real talent. A real song writing strength. I like him a lot" (Ralph MacLean BBC Radio)

"Simon has the ability to relate to his audience and warm the soul armed with a guitar and experienced words" (Folk and Tumble)

"I love this album.  It is well-produced, beautifully arranged and performed and a perfect showcase for a quite brilliant singer/songwriter who has a knack for writing seemingly simple songs with great hooks and choruses.  There are several tracks here that should be in the upper echelons of radio playlists.

‘Let It Be’ sounds like the end of something but this is only the beginning and Simon Murphy should be on his way to a very successful career in words and music." Joe Cushnan, poet, freelance writer and blogger

 

 


 

 

 

"Simon Murphy's honestly heartfelt performances are 2nd only to his honestly brilliant songs. He's a forthright but humble singer/songwriter who'll endear himself to you quicker than you'll expect. I dig him."  (Grammy award winning singer songwriter Don Henry)

Reviews

"I’m sure this won’t be the last we hear of Simon Murphy, whose potential for genre crossover appeal is bursting at the seams and whose songs are well-crafted to boot."

http://forthecountryrecord.com/2015/08/13/featured-simon-murphy-let-it-be/

 
"It takes nerve to share your album title with one of the Beatles' classic songs but Murphy has the bottle and the talent to pull it off"

http://www.roots-and-branches.com/record-reviews-september.htm
"Nothing feels out of place on the album, which has a wide variety of instrumental stylings to support songs that are sometimes heartfelt, sometimes witty, but always superbly crafted."

http://musicriot.co.uk/album/let-it-be-simon-murphy/
"I love this album.  It is well-produced, beautifully arranged and performed and a perfect showcase for a quite brilliant singer/songwriter who has a knack for writing seemingly simple songs with great hooks and choruses.  There are several tracks here that should be in the upper echelons of radio playlists."

http://droppedthemoon.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/new-music-cd-let-it-be-simon-murphy.html
"My favourite song here; and a very brave one is Not in My Name. An expression  used to attack Religious Radicals of all persuasions becomes a rallying cry for the silent majority of all creeds and colours and should be played on the hour, every hour on National radio across the world."

https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/simon-murphy-let-it-be/
"Simon Murphy’s easy and accessible pop/rock style allows for a lively collection that should appeal to a wide and diverse listenership. There’s not a dull moment to be found within this album. The passionately played presentation of each of its entries ensures that it keeps consistently compelling."

http://www.puremzine.com/simon-murphy-let-it-be/