The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary)
+ Anna Mieke.
Thursday May 10th.
9pm. Tickets €10
The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. They have performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Anais Mitchell, and Sam Amidon.
“their great feat turns out to be taking what’s best of the classic Irish folk revival without falling into any of its clichés. The resulting album bears repeated listening from start to finish, with ten beautiful, crystalline songs.” –Huffington Post
Eamon started playing Irish music while growing up in Dublin through his friendship with the Mayock family, traditional musicians from County Mayo. When he moved to New York City in the early 90’s, he immersed himself in the city’s traditional music scene and travelled widely, performing with many of the great players in Irish music. In 2004 he and fiddler Patrick Ourceau released the album Live at Mona’s. Eamon has taught at many traditional music programs in the US and also records and performs original music. His last solo record, Old Clump, was released in 2012.
Jefferson is a guitarist and singer based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, in addition to The Murphy Beds, he and songwriter Anais Mitchell released Child Ballads, a collection of new adaptations of English and Scottish folk songs which won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. His original songs are featured on the 2016 album Great Shakes by Cambridge, MA roots rock ensemble Session Americana. In the Oct. 2013 issue, Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, “A gifted guitarist and singer, Hamer is able to hit close harmonies… and weave gorgeous instrumental lines.”
Anna Mieke is a musician, songwriter and composer, hailing from the hills of county Wicklow. She composes and performs on guitar, bouzouki, cello and piano, often collaborating with Brían Mac Gloinn (of Ye Vagabonds; vocals, multi-instrumentalist).
She has spent a lot of her life travelling, from the west of Ireland to Spain to Bangladesh to New Zealand, and draws on these experiences for songwriting inspiration, both in lyrics and melodies; an attempt to capture experiences and landscapes through song.
She has also spent time focusing on traditional Irish music such as Irish cello, Sean-nós singing and fiddle, which have influenced her musical style and improvisations. Anna Mieke is currently in the process of recording her debut album, and will be making some releases in 2018.