‘Chocolate Pills’, Con Murphy’s newest release, offers listeners a modern pop sound mashed with 80’s alternative rock! The track is a tip of the hat to the artist’s early and recent influences and appeals to fans of The Cure, Bell X1 and Future Islands. With poignant lyrics, infectious melodies and catchy synth hooks, Chocolate Pills provides a metaphor for the importance of, and power of, positive social human interaction, compassion and empathy.
This new single is Con Murphy’s 5th track release in the past 12 months and follows his debut EP ‘The Fjord’ which was launched in early 2018 in the Eastern Fjords of Iceland. The Fjord EP has received significant national and international attention and has been described as “Gorgeous” by RTÉ Lyric FM’s Marty Whelan. Lead Track ‘Heavens Table’ being the stand out offering on this 4 track collection.
Con Murphy + band announced for ELectric Picnic 2018!!!
The Word Stage - Mindfield - Sept 1st 7pm
September 7th 2017 GMIT Freshers week, Mayo
Launch night! October 28th Campbells Tavern, Headford Galway
November 3rd & 4th Sharjah Wanderers, Dubai, UAE
November 17th 2017 Dolan's Limerick - Acoustic show
10th February 2018 ASLAN SUPPORT SLOT, Royal Theater Castlebar
Feb 23rd 2018 Sharjah, Dubai UAE (with Conor Ward Music)
March 17th The Friary, Ballyhaunis Co. Mayo (Supporting U.M.A.N)
March 31st 2018 Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland - The Fjord EP launch
May 26th 2018 - Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta - Liverpool, UK
July 26th 2018 - Roisin Dubh - Galway
July 28th 2018 - Hermitage Green support - Ballinrobe Festival
August 18th - Aslan support - Royal Theatre, Castlabar
Electric Picnic 2018 - The Word Stage - Mindfield September 1st 7pm (full band)
Debut EP ‘The Fjord’ released March 23rd
Growing up in Mayo, Ireland, Con has spent many years developing his sound as an Indie-folk singer-songwriter, drawing inspiration from stories passed down the generations and music from the likes of The Waterboys, The Frames and Bell X1 . Playing his songs whenever he could - including various reputable support slots at home in Ireland, gigs abroad in East Africa, Dubai and in Iceland - Con was overwhelmed by the response as his fanbase began to request his songs be released with more and more urgency.
This resulted in Con releasing music for the first time in 2017 and it became clear the demand not just hype when his debut single ‘Don’t Freak Out’ entered the iTunes singer-songwriter chart at number 2 upon release, achieving him features in various news papers and a support slot with Aslan in The Royal Theatre. Con has also played support to reputable Irish artists including The Frank & Walters, Paddy Casey, Duke Special, Mundy, U.M.A.N, and has played on the same bill as David Keenan and Damien Dempsey.
Now Con has released his debut 4-track EP ‘The Fjord’ - a selection of folk songs that includes his catchy pop debut ‘Don’t Freak Out,’ and delves deeper to explore the delicate sounds of folk ballads with each song - from the melancholy folk ballad “Heavens Table” made up of ethereal piano, atmospheric guitar and poignant lyrics exploring the question “if you could choose one person and one person only to meet in the next life (if there is one), who would you choose?”, flowing into uplifting and romantic piano track “Patiently Wait” which explores a the concept of patience resulting in the best things in life.
The final track and namesake of the EP ‘The Fjord’ was written on a trip to Iceland visiting a friend building a music studio in an old fish factory turned creative arts centre. Inspired by the stories from the Icelandic eastern fjords about love and wonder Con wove them together with gentle melodies whilst sitting listening to the sultry tones of Patsy Cline. The song gives you a sense of homely nostalgia as the lyrics paint a story of time passing in a relationship and the wonderment of emigration.
The EP is a warm and heartfelt offering from a skilled storyteller with a guitar and proves Con Murphy is a songwriter worth listening to. The EP has grabbed some significant attention to date and has received airplay on national radio.
Con Murphy launched his EP to a sell-out crowd in Stodvarfjordur (pronounced stud-var-fjur-duur), Iceland on March 31st where he first wrote 'The Fjord' in 2015.
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