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A Half of Murphy's



'A Half of Murphy's' consists of Noeleen and Alex who are literally half of the band 'Murphy's Lore'. In the band, Noeleen and Alex are the rhythm section, providing a driving force behind the tune players and Noeleen's smooth, clear vocals provide the core of the band's songs. They have been performing regularly as a duo for several years. After a couple of appearances at some local folk clubs were well received, they decided to do more and kept going!
Over the years they have appeared at Wessex, Wimborne, Trowbridge, Purbeck Valley and Bridport Folk Festivals. They are often seen at Milford Folk Club (their favourite local) Ringwood Folk Club and when able, do a stint at Wimborne Folk Club. During 2017 they became co- hosts with Mick Ryan, Kitty and Derek of The Branksome Folk Session at The Branksome Railway Pub, Poole which aims to run weekly sessions for singers and tunesmiths with once a month guest singers.

Noeleen plays guitar, whistle, and bodhran but is best known for her vocal abilities, drawing on her Irish heritage to sing songs learnt as a child at the knee of her accordion playing father, whilst Alex accompanies her on guitar, tenor guitar, some backing vocals and occasionally the mandolin, having returned to his folk roots after a brief fling with rock music in his youth!

As a duo they perform mainly songs, some from the band's repertoire and some of their own choosing, mostly from the folk tradition and a few that have been 'folked up' or 'down' depending on how you look at it!

A Half of Murphys - Alex and Noeleen have delighted Milford on Sea folk club audiences over many appearances. Noeleen’s pure voice is a joy to listen to - bringing such a warmth and a fresh approach with unusual arrangements to old favourites and some less traditional songs. Alex adds lovely guitar work and the occasional vocal accompaniment which combined with the whistle and skilled bodhran playing guarantees a great, entertaining performance.
Sue Whitlock, Milford on Sea Folk Club

With A Half of Murphy's you can be sure that your glass of folk music will always be more than half full. Alex & Noeleen will give you a whole range of mainly traditional songs & tumes delivered in a warm & quality style. We always enjoy having them with us
Karen Laird - Brunny Folk & Wimborne Minster Folk Festival



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28 Jul 2018

Bridport Folk Festival weekend. A Half of Murphy's will be performing on The Dagger Stage, Bucky Doo Square 14.05 pm

29 Jul 2018

Bridport Folk Festival A Half of Murphy's will be running a 'session' at the Ropemakers Arms, billed as an Irish session, Songs and tunes - to be honest if it's not Irish we won't mind!

4 Aug 2018

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Review

"Thank you so much Murphy's Lore for such a fantastic evening on Saturday and to everyone who came and made it that way too. To quote a friend's comment at the end (No names mentioned!) 'I hate barn dances and usually avoid them, but I had a great time!'.
Phillip after Jayne's Birthday Ceilidh.June 2018

"We would like to thank Murphy’s Lore for another wonderful evening! Our 30th wedding anniversary celebration was made very special by the band's contribution. We were pleased particularly by how the music and dancing drew everybody in and the feedback since has been universally positive. Murphy’s Lore certainly knows a thing or two about party spirit! Thanks again.
Irene and Karl after their anniversary ceilidh June 2018

"A great way to celebrate my 60th. What a fun night it was. Thank you so much Murphy's Lore....had a brilliant time. Thank you all.
Steve after his birthday Barn Dance. April 2018

"Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the dancing! We have some converts too,thank you for providing great entertainment!
Emma after her Wedding ceilidh. April 2018

"You were absolutely amazing, thank you so much. Loads of people have said how great you were. Thanks for making my 40th party for me! x
Caroline after her birthday Barn Dance. March 2018

"Thanks for an amazing evening guys! We had a blast! And consider that willow fully stripped!!
Thank you for an awesome night!!
What a great night it was! Thank you everyone..

Jon,Fiona and Karen after Jon and Jay's wedding ceilidh. November 2017

" I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of people you guys got up dancing!! It was a brilliant night. I have had many good comments. So a big THANK YOU to you guys.
Kate, after The Captain's Barn Dance at Dudsbury Golf Club. September 2017

" It was a fabulous night! I so enjoyed Murphy's Lore! A brilliant variety of music with Noeleen and Alex proficient on so many different instruments..and also accordion and violin. Great Ceilidh Calling too. Great Fun!
Polly after Cyril and Ruth's anniversary ceilidh. September 2017

"Thanks again for your amazing music- sensational!
Rosie after her anniversary barn dance. September 2017

"Me and Michelle would like to say a big thank you to you and the band..Despite the sweltering heat you managed to get people up and dancing even those that were more than reluctant. It really did make a fitting end to the night and will of course recommend you to family and friends in the future.
Lewis and Michelle after their wedding ceilidh. August 2017

"I can't believe it's already over a week ago. Thank you so much, the band was absolutely fantastic and lots of people have said how much they enjoyed the band and the dancing! I'm so glad we had you, it really made the evening special. !
Chloe and Patrick after their wedding ceilidh. August 2017

"A terrific effort from the band. Great, enthusiastic calling; speedy set up without fuss; and excellent playing. I know we had to pack it in given the time, but everyone I talked to loved it. Bravo!
Andy, after his and Chloe's wedding ceilidh. July 2017

"I must say the most enormous thank you, we had the most amazing time dancing to your band - you absolutely made our wedding the most special day ever. xx
Lois and Angus after their wedding ceilidh. June 2017

"We had another fabulous evening with Murphy's Lore. Such a brilliant band. Enthusiastic and constantly helpful, patient, and FUN!
Jan after Church Parish Social evening. May 2017

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