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Murphy's Lore Trio

Happenstance is often a wonderful thing.

It 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.

Alex and Noeleen have been Murphster’s for years, probably 20, and have been doing duo stuff for about 12. Adding the two to the one made a Trio and a chance to perform at Poole Hill Brewery in 2019 happened and became a regular 'thing'.
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 'Pronghorn',‘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. He also is a lead memebr of local country act 'Route 66'. A very contrasting vocal style to Noeleen means we have broadened the range of material..

So here we are, still going. 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. Perfect!

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Private- Tiptoe -Birthday Ceilidh

3 Aug 2024


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"Hard to express just how very special last night's celebration of our joint 70th was because of Murphy's Lore. We all had an amazing time. Looking back and looking at the photos, everyone was smiling constantly. Noeleen gave really clear and good humoured instructions that everyone could follow, including all the grandchildren. The band's playing was skilful and entertaining and the choice of dances was perfect. Thank you so much for ' Tell Me Ma' featuring the singing of Derek's daughters. Amazing of you to be so accommodating. We had no idea that had been planned and made the evening that much more special. I can honestly say last night was the best birthday celebration ever and as you know, we have had birthday ceilidhs before! We have had so many messages from our guests praising the band. An absolutely perfect evening. We can't thank you enough..
Jackie after a joint birthday ceilidh April 2024

"Thank you for such a superb evening the other week at Poole Masonic Hall..for such wonderful music and for a very fun evening all round. The dancing was brilliant fun and I've had very positive and glowing feedback from everyone who attended.
Ben after a Masonic ceilidh April 2024

" I wanted to have a Ceilidh for my 60th birthday and amongst my search for the right band I discovered Murphy's Lore. I can honestly say that it has been a fantastic all round experience from start to finish. Not only has Alex been very efficient, accommodating and helpful arranging it but the performance on the night was simply brilliant. The caller, Noeleen, was just the right mix of funny, patient and clear as she explained and led us through the dances....The whole evening was filled with so much fun and laughter.I have had such great feedback from the guests too. Thank you for making this birthday landmark special!
Renate after her Birthday ceilidh March 2024

"Thank you for a fun night of great music & dancing!
Rob after the Pavillion Dance South West Ceilidh. February 2024

"Thank you, you were brilliant and everyone loved it.
Lisa after a surprise birthday ceilidh for husband Andrew. February 2024

"A very Merry Christmas to the best Ceilidh band ever, with singer who blew us away. You are are incredible. What talents. A very well loved band, with compliments throughout the night. I will definitely be booking you again.
Alanna after her Dancin'Fit groups Christmas ceilidh.December 2024

"Thank you so much for coming - everyone had a fabulous night! Happy 🎄 Christmas to you all x.
ReDiscover Life Church ,Salisbury. December 2024

""The first Fordingbridge Ceilidh last night was a great success! Murphy's Lore gave us a feast of dance tunes, and their caller was brilliant, walking us though all the dances and then calling as we danced them. Even those who had never been to a Ceilidh before found they could dance, and everyone left smiling!" And.. "Totally agree!!! We went as a group of 8 friends and had a really good time, the caller was amazing we couldn’t have done it without her help as we had never been to a ceilidh before"
Fordingbridge Ceilidh Club.November 2024

"A and L were telling me how it was one of the best nights ever, as they fell asleep! ... Thank you ! What a wonderful evening, MUCH appreciated by everyone !
Helen and Paula after Paula's retiremnt ceiidh.September,2023

"A big thank you for an excellent evening. We really enjoyed ourselves!
Sandra, after a barn dance for Ferndown RBL.September,2023

"We had a fabulous evening, thank you!...Thank you - it was brilliant....Thank you so much, we absolutely loved it x
Kay, Lizzie and Laura after Laura and Tom's wedding. September,2023

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