Interdisciplinary artist and musician Deirdre Murphy is releasing a fourth music video and single, The Water Song, on Friday February 24th. Deirdre’s music has been featured on RTE Radio One’s playlists, has been played on the Ronan Collins and John Creedon shows, Late Date with Cathal Murray, and more than 65 radio stations worldwide. Her work was featured on RTE’s Nationwide in October 2022, and she and her band delivered an electrifying performance at the 2022 Electric Picnic. She released her first album Matriotism on Bandcamp in September 2022.
The Water Song was commissioned by School of Looking artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly’s project the Eco Showboat, with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland. The video, by Denis Connolly, emphasizes our connection to nature and features Deirdre and her band performing on the banks of the river Erne.
On the track are Deirdre Murphy on vocals, Lily Sheehan on guitar and backing vocals, Jason McNamara on drums, Ed Tapceanu on double bass and Cillian Byrne on saxophone. Recorded by Jason McNamara, mixed by Oli Ryan, mastered by Aidan Foley.
Deirdre Murphy has counted herself as a songwriter, singer, choreographer, dancer, playwright, circus artist, designer, and sartorial adventurer. Originally from Alaska, she travelled through the US for years before moving to Ireland. Deirdre is the writer and creator of “Capitalism: The Musical” (2017) which toured Ireland and Italy to sold out houses and has been translated into Italian. She is the creator/collaborator of many original works of music, dance, theatre, circus, and performance art.
Deirdre’s songs have been compared to Ali Farka Toure in their sparingness. They are slightly cinematic and generally fall in the realm of alt/singer-songwriter/folk. The songs combine a peaceful dream like quality with a sharper edge of darkness or even menace. Lyrical influences include Leonard Cohen and The White Stripes.
You can stream The Water Song below: