rapid review ~ robb murphy

Tonight Encore NI shines a light on one of Northern Ireland's most interesting and original songwriters, Belfast's Robb Murphy. Beginning his musical journey through the difficult art of producing, Robb's talent for balladry and naturally distinctive vocal soon proved too big a virtue to ignore. Two EP's and one album later and Mr Murphy is now considered a most exciting talent indeed. Here's what to look out for when you next see the acclaimed solo artist.


With the soft, gentle croon of a young Fran Healy, Robb take's the trademark lone guitar-swinging songwriters template and sprinkles it with electronic ambiance. Add to this a knack for big hitting chorus's to counter balance delicate verses and you have a body of work certain to leave an impression.


As we've already mentioned, Murphy's soft resonating voice at times echoes that of the Travis frontman, though songwriting wise he may look to the likes of Damien Rice, with even the occasional hint of a matured Newton Faulkner. An intriguing and ultimately relaxing combination.


Robb's debut album 'Take A Stand' is certainly worth a listen (for it's lingering production alone it's a compelling listen), though we suggest the free flowing 'Love in Abundance', 'What Do I Say?' and debut EP track 'Never Letting You Go'.

Upcoming Gigs?

You can catch Robb live at the Portstewart Songwriters Festival on Friday, 28th of March at the Anchor Bar.

Potential Hit?

The local press certainly seem to think so. He's gained praise from everyone from Hotpress to Radio Ulster and is already a well known name on the local circuit. It may take the County Down native one more album and subsequent tour before the rest of the UK catch up to what we've now known for a few years. Robb Murphy is a talent indeed and may be one elusive hit away from making the next step in what has been an exciting career.

Keep up to date with all official Robb Murphy news on the links below.


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