26 March 2005

  Murphy, Julie

Julie is Essex-born and grew up listening to Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder - 'normal teenage stuff' before graduating to an art-school punk band. Julie later moved to a Welsh-speaking village in the Teifi valley and was drawn into a lively Welsh music scene - also discovering her voice.

In 1996 Julie helped to create a new acoustic fourpiece - Fernhill - which quickly became known for its a highly original fusion of Welsh, English, Breton and other influences. Fernhill's three critically acclaimed albums Ca Nos, Llatai and Whilia followed, and in 1999 Julie released her first solo album Black Mountains Revisited (a Mojo magazine Folk Album of the Year).

Lilac Tree

Nine new songs co-written by Murphy and guitarist Richard Llewellyn in a totally original idiom to create a contemporary acoustic classic, recorded with with double bass player Tim Harries, drummer Rowan Griffiths and trumpet player Tomos Williams. In a move away from her peerless traditional singing, the lyrics to Lilac Tree are personal and committed.

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2002          £13  

Black Mountains Revisited (With Danny Thompson and Neil Wollard)

Haunting arrangements and free interpretations of traditional and modern themes (farming, mining, clearances, emigration). In this significant debut album, Julie looks at the political issues for her adopted Wales with musical imagination and world-wide perspective.
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1999          £9  

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