The Wild Murphys - Middi Murphy
Peterborough Arena
Crowd Shot
John Macrae - Lead Guitarist
Simon Whitmore - Bass

The Wild Murphys

1 reviews

Purveyors of fine Irish music and quality hangovers since 2005

    County Durham
   Irish Band
RANK #359
The Wild Murphy’s are regarded by many as "The best Irish group to never come from Ireland" - The group was formed by the short, fat, enigmatic frontman, award winning vocalist and amazing story teller, Middi, who has been performing Irish music for the past 20 years. The current line-up and format was formed in 2005 and to date has played to over 150,000 people, at more than 1700 venues, in 6 countries across the globe. in 2010 the Murphys came 3rd out of 38 groups competing for the title of international Irish group of the year in Las Vegas, USA. Their 3 summer seasons in Zakynthos, Greece was hailed as "The best Irish show Greece had ever witnessed" (HMERA News, Entertainment Review) They have extensively toured the UK, done gigs in Spain, Dubai and have also entertained for the armed forces of Germany, England and America.

The current line-up features the incredibly talented John "Fingers" MacRae on acoustic lead guitar, Originally from Glasgow, John comes from a folk music background and toured the circuit heavily during the 70's and 80's as solo, duo and also as a backing musician in many of the popular bands on the stages at that time.

The line-up is completed by the slightly disturbed and always medicated Simon "The Bassman" Whitmore, the only one of the Murphys to have ever had a burger named after him! Simon is truly one of the great bass players of our generation, there's no style he can't play and is often called into other groups as a session musician both on stage and in the studio

Between them, the Murphys have around 70 years of experience in the music performance industry and the "Causing Hangovers" show is truly one of the most professional of its type on the road today. They cover great Irish songs from the likes of the Pogues, the Dubliners, the Saw Doctors and many others. With upbeat renditions of "The Irish Rover", "Galway Girl", "Seven Drunken Nights", "Tell Me Ma", "The Wild Rover" and loads more to get your hands clapping and your feet stomping. Including a couple of stunning acoustic versions and some side splitting stories and one-liners collected from nearly a decade on the road together, we personally guarantee you will have one of the most entertaining nights around.

Prices range from £480 to £900 depending on location.
  • " The Wild Murphys played at my Sisters Wedding September 2013 at Craxton Wood Hotel - Chester. I would 100% Recommend. They were absolutely amazing !! Got the crowd going and with some of my family being Irish they loved it. If you haven't already booked The Wild Murphys - Get booking !! :) xx "
    Overall        55
    Katie-Louise     25/06/14

Technical Details

Previous Venues: (Large Venues) Peterborough Arena, Chepstow racecourse, Rolls Royce Club (Derby and Nottingham) (Smaller Venues) Neon Social Club (Jarrow) Vista Mar (Saltburn) Molloys (UK) Molly Malones (Greece) Stage Equipment: (On Stage Sound) Line 6 Digital mics, Line 6 M20d Mixing desk, Sennheiser in ear monitoring, EV Monitors (Front Of House Sound) DB Sigma 118 Subs (1400w) x2 - DB Sigma 215 Tops (2800w) x4 - Kv2 EX10 (1000w) x2 (Stage Lighting) Equinox LED Par bars, Inno Spot moving heads. Stage FX: Backdrop, Haze, Snow, Lazers (PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT USE ALL OF THIS EQUIPMENT FOR EVERY SHOW, JUST WHAT THE VENUE NEEDS) Setup and Set Times: We arrive at 6.30/7pm setup and sound checked by 7.30pm and then we play 2 x 1 hour sets at times you like up until 11.30pm, Earlier arrivals and later finishes are not a problem but are chargeable for, we need a minimum 10 min break between the sets. We'll also need somewhere to get changed and 1 good plug socket is required within 15m of where we're going to be playing. Background Music: We can play background music before the show and in the break (Just a quiet prebuilt medley of folky, country, Irish type music) but we don't play any background music after our last show song, You cannot play your own music through our system, If there's something specific you'd like to have played then we would always recommend having a disco to play along side of us, especially at a wedding.

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