Paul Murphy biography
Paul Murphy is a name of at least two acts:
(1) A DJ who was first bitten by the bug in the late 70s when he was promoting a club night The Kingswood Club and the DJ didnt turn up due to inclement weather.
(2) An Irish songwriter from Birmingham and the lead singer of The Destroyers
(1) A string of Chitlin Circuit gigs followed till the big moment finally arrives with the opening Jaffas at The Horseshoe, Tottenham Court Road, London W1. The club was the first to mix jazz with the infant Jazz Dance scene. Guests included British acts such as Morrisey Mullen, Paz, Breakfast Band, Gonzalez and USA legends Former Weather Report drummer Alphonse Mouzon, Vibes player Jay Hoggard & The Heath Brothers (on the night of the Brixton Riots!!).
Further mishaps and adventures followed including a year running a shop (Fusion Records) in Clerkenwell and promoting a concert at the YMCA featuring Brazilian singer/pianist Tania Maria.
Other gigs and clubs Paul Murphy has played include: The Electric Ballroom Camden Town, also Paul started the now legendary Jazz Room Brighton,(still going after all these years!) , The Wag Club Soho W1, The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London W1, The Comedy Store, London W1 and The Sol Y Sombra, Charlotte Street, London W1. Paul also djd with such luminaries as Tito Puente & Celia Cruz, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Jimmy McGriff, Lonnie Smith, at this time as well as being (somewhat mysteriously) the dj at the first London concert for Mancunian miserablists The Smiths.
In 1984 to 1986 Paul ran Palladin Records which released the now seminal Venceremos by London based collective Working Week & was also the first WIRE Magazine DJ of the Year in 1985.
Eddie Piller of Acid Jazz rediscovered Paul in Ireland after his mysterious disappearance from the club scene at the beginning of the 90s. Paul took up his offer of a residency at the much missed Blue Note club in Londons Hoxton Square. This put Paul right back in the spotlight and Paul is now managing and A & Ring at Afro Art Records, the London based label founded by the X-Press 2s Ashley Beedle. Paul has remixed and produced many varied projects including Neon Heights, Solar Apple Quarktette, Robin Jones ,Tito Heron, Kid Loco for the Cocteau Twins label and Ashley Slater formerly of Freakpower and his remix of Modxs The Quest was a club smash in 2004.
Pauls single JAZZ ROOM THE SPIRITUAL SOUTH MIX was number One in Gilles Petersons chart (BBC RADIO ONE WORLDWIDE) and was the summer of 2004s smash hit! Paul was also (heavily) featured on a recent 3 part documentary on the British Jazz scene Jazz Brittania as the instigator of the Jazz Revival of the 1980s , which is still going strong and has now reached a Worldwide audience.
Paul has worked constantly for the last five years & has re-established himself as one of the most popular & in demand djs in Europe. He is currently also in the studio recording tracks for his forthcoming debut album The Trip (already in BBC Radio 1s Gilles Petersons record box!) to be released in 2006. Pauls new project is AFRO ARTHOUSE , which is funky themes from his favorite Art House movies. So far there are tracks from Kid Loco, Glyn Bigga Bush, Diesler, Paul Murphy, Mod'x, Jung Collective, Origami, Peak, Buscemi, . Some of the films included are 2001, Goodbye Lenin, Wicker Man, Seven Samurai, Withnail & I , Ghost Dog , Amarcord, Underground, Z and Get Carter.
Sites: MySpace and AfroArtRecords.com (official)
(2) A folk singer/songwriter and poet, originally from the North of Ireland but currently living in Birmingham (UK). He also sings and misbehaves as the frontman of The Destroyers, after initially doing guest vocal spots on a few of their songs. His solo album “The Glen” was released in December 2011, his EP "Shoplifters Talkin' Blues" was released in 2010.
Sites: PaulMurphyTV.com/theglen (official)