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Murphy's Lore Trio



Happenstance is often a wonderful thing.

Alex and Noeleen happen to be in a duo as well as married. They happen to be in and run Bournemouth Ceilidh / Barn Dance band called Murphy’s Lore. The duo seemed to happily announce itself as ‘A Half Of Murphy’s’ because there are 4 in the band and so 2 is half!

It also just happens that Steve Faulkner is a friend and fellow folk musician. We get on well and sometimes we need a ‘dep’ fiddle player for Murphy’s Lore.

A meeting of minds and material was on the cards, so an offer to perform at Poole Hill Brewery, home of the excellent Southbourne Ales for a Paddy’s afternoon gig was a good enough reason to make the jump… 2 plus 1 equals a trio, who all have a connection, so instead of thinking of something too clever we just happened upon Murphy’s Lore Trio. Simple and correct.

Alex and Noeleen have been Murphster’s for years, probably 20, and have been doing duo stuff for about 12. Noeleen plays guitar, whistle, and bodhran but is best known for her beautiful, clear and melodic vocal delivery, whilst Alex provides a ‘minimal, unfussy’ style on guitar, tenor guitar, some backing vocals, occasionally the mandolin and a stomp to lend some ‘oomph’ when needed.

Steve has earned his reputation over the years as fiddler with ‘Cottage Industry’ (ceilidh band), as a vocalist with Poole Bay Shantymen and until 2020 as fiddler and vocalist with The Polly Morris Band and is also known to play Bouzouki. A very contrasting vocal style to Noeleen means we have broadened the range of material..

And here we are. We unashamedly don’t do our own material, we’re not song writers. But we do love traditional folk music, whether tunes or songs. Wistful waltzes, rollicking reels, jaunty jigs, peppery Polkas and songs from the sea and land,some sad (as folk often is), some humourous.. Expect traditional stuff, with maybe a few surprises thrown in. Happenstance again. Perfect!

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2 Jul 2022

Southampton. Private - wedding ceilidh

8 Jul 2022

Murphy's Lore Trio are playing at The Tap and Grape, Broadstone. from 8pm. Join us for folky tunes and songs from the British Isles.

9 Jul 2022

Afternoon Beggars Fair - One day festvial in and around Romsey. Murphy's Lore Trio are playing at Bradbeer's Courytard (rear of the shop) between 13.45 and 14.30. Around 100 acts to choose from at multiple venues around Romsey. More info for the whole day - Beggars Fair

Evening- Christchurch. Private- Wedding ceilidh

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Review

" Hi all... You guys were more than fantastic on the night and really were one the highlights of the day. Thank you so so much from us both for your wonderful music, humour and patience teaching us all the steps
Matt after his and Alex's wedding . November 2021

"A great evening- thanks so much Murphy's Lore. Such a fab atmosphere.... thanks for a brilliant evening last Thursday. Really loved your performance
Sue and Shirley,after the Autumn Ceilidh in Milford on Sea. Oct,2021

"Ray and I just wanted to say a massive thank you for coming to our wedding and controlling the crowds! It was a funny old time to try and make the decision but I think going ahead and seeing everyone doing the dancing definitely made us feel it was the right thing to be doing! So thank you for being understanding!!
Lucy and Ray,after their Wedding ceilidh. July,2021

"We all had a great night, many thanks for making it such good fun!
Heather, after her Birthday ceilidh. Feb,2020

"Thank you so much, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening which was made by you guys!
Katherine, after her brother's Birthday ceilidh.November,2019

"Brilliant evening, again!
Shelagh, after Milford on Sea Community Autumn ceilidh.October,2019

"Thank you for such a wonderful evening last Saturday, everyone had a fabulous time dancing, some who have NEVER danced with their partners before so that was a great achievement. We loved the atmosphere, the music and especially the dancing, everyone should experience a ceilidh it’s magical, a great way to celebrate 25 years of marriage with family and friends.
Linda and Lester after their anniversary ceilidh.September,2019

" You were all incredible. I think it is the best Ceilidh we have done, so thank you.
Louise after the Pavillion Dance South West ceilidh. August,2019

"Just want to say a massive thank you to you all for your amazing set at our wedding! It really made the night perfect and everyone loved it! We will definitely be using you again for other family events!!! Love from the new Mr & Mrs Trent
Leanne and Chris after their wedding ceilidh.June,2019

"Fabulous evening, as always. Murphy's Lore you are a joy. Thank you. xx
Jan after the annual St.Anthonys Social.May,2019

"just wanted to say a big thank you for Saturday night, everyone really enjoyed, you were excellent!
Julie, Landlady - The Dolphin Inn, Gillingham after their re-opening night.April, 2019

"Another great evening at Milford with Murphy's Lore - thank you!!
Sue, Milford Community Centre St.Patricks Ceilidh.March, 2019

"Great evening!! haha! was lots of fun!
Thanks so much for a brilliant night guys, you were fantastic!

Helena and Emma, after Emma's birthday do.Feb, 2019

"I can highly recommend this band. Beautiful singing from Noeleen, great music from the band and Julian calling the dances was absolutely brilliant. We all had a fantastic time. Thank you Murphy's Lore!
Jenny, after her birthday do.Jan, 2019

"Brilliant night, Thank You. Could take me a while to recover !
Gail, after Leannes's birthday ceilidh. Dec 2018

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