Neil Murray

Neil MurrayNeil Murray is one of Australia’s most original and respected singer/songwriters and has enjoyed a solo career since 1989. He has released nine albums – “Calm & Crystal Clear”, “These Hands”, “Dust”, “The Wondering Kind”, “Going The Distance”, “About Time” (a 2CD retrospective compilation), “Spoken”, “2Songmen” (live with Shane Howard in Darwin) and the latest “Overnighter”. The songs on these albums – from the rollicking “Good Light in Broome”, the prayerful “Native Born”, the lament of “Broken Song”, the roots groove of “Long Grass Band”, the endurance of love in “Over the Moon” and “I Can Go On” or the journeyman monologues of “Lights of Hay” and “Where my people go” collectively describe an inner landscape to the heart and soul of Australia.

His work doesn’t shy from social commentary, neither is he preoccupied with it. His art is driven by a sense of conscience, justice and honesty.


 

In 2005 Neil Murray received an environmental achievement award by the Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority in western Victoria for his efforts in instigating “Healing Walks” along watercourses in the region and for being the inspiration behind establishment of the annual Lake Bolac Eel festival.

In 2007, Jailanguru Pakarnu- (Out From Jail) a song he co-wrote in the indigenous Luritja language-with fellow Warumpi Band co-founder Sammy Butcher was honoured by the National Film And Sound archives- “Sounds Of Australia” series- as a significant recording in Australia’s musical heritage.

In 2010 his iconic song “My Island Home” was published as a children’s book and the equally landmark “Blackfella Whitefella” is a follow up publication scheduled for early 2012.

Neil Murray performs regularly at festivals and live music venues in Australia and overseas. Neil Murray’s albums are out through ABC Music.


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