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Keith Murphy (New in 2018)


A native of Newfoundland, Keith’s traditional song repertoire is based in Eastern Canada and Québec as well as his current home, Vermont. His direct and intimate style of traditional singing in English and French infuses old ballads and songs with a powerful immediacy, while his rhythmic and percussive finger style of guitar playing brings new shape and color to his songs. His 2005 album, Bound for Canaan showcased his refined sense of balance between innovation and tradition; his most recent CD, Suffer No Loss (2014) is beautifully spare in the style of early classic recordings of the traditional English and Celtic music revival.

Keith was a founding member of the Nightingale trio, is a mainstay of the Boston fiddle extravaganza, Childsplay, and has worked extensively with Tony Barrand on the song repertoire of Vermont's Atwood family. He also appears frequently with his wife, fiddler Becky Tracy, and as part of the Hanneke Cassel Trio. Keith is a faculty member of the Brattleboro Music Center (BMC), and artistic director of the BMC’s Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival, which he founded in 2008. He is the music director for WGBH Boston public radio’s annual Celtic Sojourn St Patrick’s Day concerts.

An accomplished composer and arranger of traditional music, Keith has also composed for theater and film. He is a featured performer on over a dozen recordings and a guest musician on numerous others. His versions of traditional songs have inspired recordings by other groups including Solas, Uncle Earl and Great Big Sea. Several of his compositions have been featured on Ken Burns’ recent documentary on the Roosevelts.