Keith Murphy

A native of Newfoundland, Keith has amassed a traditional song repertoire based in Eastern Canada and Québec and Vermont. His direct and intimate style of traditional singing in English and French infuses old ballads and songs with a powerful immediacy while his rhythmic and percussive finger style of guitar playing brings new shape and color to his songs. Keith was a founding member of Nightingale, a trio which broke new ground in its sophisticated approach to traditional music. He is a mainstay of the Boston fiddle extravaganza Childsplay, and appears frequently with his wife, fiddler Becky Tracy. Keith is an accomplished composer and arranger in the realm of traditional music and has also composed for theater and film. He is a faculty member of the Brattleboro Music Center and the artistic director of the BMC’s Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival in Brattleboro which he founded in 2008. Keith is the music director for the WGBH Boston public radio’s annual Celtic Sojourn St. Patrick’s Day concerts. His most recent solo recording is  Land of Fish and Seals (2018) – an ever tasteful mix of traditional and tradition-inspired songs in English and French with an impressive list of guest artists – Becky Tracy, Yann Falquet, Pascal Gemme, Rani Arbo and Mark Roberts. Keith has been a frequent performer at the New World Festival and we welcome his return.

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