George Murphy is an Irish singer songwriter who hails from the Dublin suburb of Beaumount. He exploded onto the Irish music scene after his memorable appearances on the RTE Television show “You’re a Star”. Just out of secondary school at the tender age of 17 he very quickly took over the Irish music scene. He signed to Sony Ireland and his debut album ‘Dreamed A Dream’ went to No.1 in the Irish charts. The album eventually went on to gain triple Platinum status.
George had made a big impact with insiders on the Irish Music scene, Phil Coulter was quoted as saying that George “Is the most exciting vocal find in Ireland”, The late Ronnie Drew was quoted saying “A voice beyond his years”, Peggy Seeger was quoted saying “A very honest approach to the songs, kept them true to their Origin” and Hotpress magazine described him at the time as “A serious contender”.
George enjoyed a lot of success in the early part of his career playing a lot of top festivals and venues in Ireland. In 2006 George went on to release his 2nd album “So The Story Goes” which saw him move from the old folk songs to a more indie rock n roll vibe and penning his own songs. George gained new fans for his new sound and songwriting skills but some fans of his previous material were confused by this change in direction and the album. While getting great reviews and plenty of airplay, it didn't do as well as George and the label would have liked.
2009 George and Sony Ireland parted company and he decided to embark on a small tour in America where he released his 3rd album “The Ballad of Archie Thompson” featuring The Dubliners and a duet of Bob Dylan's 'Sara' with Christy Dignam. This album showed George was back as a folk artist and doing what people loved best.. He enjoyed success playing festivals in New York, Chicago, Florida, and in 2010 decided that he wanted to move over and live there altogether.
He spent 3 years in the States which saw him headline many festivals and gained plenty of experience along the way attracting a whole bunch of new fans. For personal reasons George came back to Ireland in 2013, he had grown a little tired of the road and felt that he had lost some motivation. A dark time was to follow and as he said himself “It’s a tough life being on the road as an artist, it’s full of ups and downs, the highs are very high but the lows are very low”. Fortunately, it didn’t take George too long to get back on his feet. He took writing his own material more seriously and began playing small pubs, clubs and small music venues trying out some of his new material. “It’s a difficult bridge to cross playing your own songs to a live audience”
In 2016 George released his 4th album Shadowman (The Stable Sessions)
In 2017 George was offered to join The High Kings after Martin Furey's departure. Putting the solo career on hold was a big call for George but seeing the opportunity of travelling the world and sharing his voice on new stages in new countries to new audiences was something George couldn't turn down. He joined The High Kings and received a fantastic reception everywhere he went.
2019 saw George perform his most successful solo tour to date, later expanding to become George Murphy and the Rising Sons. With a slow start due to the global pandemic, George is looking forward to seeing where this new chapter takes him.
Well folks this really is pinch yourself stuff for me today! This iconic venue holds a very special place in my heart as I had my first guest appearances here with Aslan and The Dubliners Official but I always dreamed of a day that I would play the venue with my own band. Its been a long wait but Ive no doubt that it will be worth it. Myself and The Sons have built a following all over the country and abroad and we are calling you from the 4 corners of the country to come join us in our first night at the iconic Vicar Street. Please God the first of many 😬. Huge thank you to Pat Egan Management for backing myself and The Sons on this venture A dream that began at 17.... Coming true at 37. Thank you all so much. See yas in September George xRead More 15th Feb 2023
Folks I am delighted to announce that my new website is up and running. A couple of little tweaks need to be mended but shes ready to go. Sales page for anyone who wants CDs, tickets and tour page for upcoming dates and shows with The Rising Sons as well as, videos, pics and bio info on myself and all The Sons. Huge thanks to my team behind the scenes for building the site. Check it out folks and Ill be updating it with new content and new dates as they come in. 🙂🙂🙂🙂 https://georgemurphymusic.com/Read More 6th Nov 2022
People of Beaumont assemble!!! I spent all my childhood and most of my adolescence in Rockfield park. It has inspired me to write songs such as The Hands of Time https://youtu.be/qKmKrPK8elk👈 A place very near and dear to my heart. Playing football for the first time, meeting girls, making friends and getting up to mischief. When my path went in a musical direction I often wondered what it would be like to play a gig in the park. Well I need wonder no more. Thanks to some fantastic work by residents of the area and the help of Dublin City Council an events day called Faoin Speir has been organised on June 18th 2022 and I am proud to say myself and The Rising Sons have been asked to lend ourselves to the occasion. Events taking place all throughout the day and we will be taking to the stage at 6pm. Tell your friends and come join us! Fingers crossed for good weather🤞Read More 11th Jun 2022