J.P. Murphy was formed in early 1991, by Patrick Gray Sr. who sings lead and plays rhythm guitar or banjo as well as an occasional harmonica. His love for his Irish heritage, the words and music he grew up with, made it a natural choice for him to form a traditional Irish group.
Originally formed as an Irish duo with son Patrick who sings backup and plays rhythm guitar or mandolin while playing the bass foot pedal with his feet. They performed in Orlando, Florida at Finnegan's Pub in Universal Studios as well various pubs around the Orlando area until moving back to the Berkshires in 1993.
The Duo soon turned three-man-band, (sometimes four or more when guest fiddlers join in) adding drums/percussion and acoustic bass performed by life-long friend and relative, Michael Burdick.
The group performs the traditional Irish music that reflects the struggles as well as the triumphs of an enduring fun loving people. The great battle songs like the "Patriots Game" and "James Connolly" bring you back to a time where a people's strength came from the heart and the music was the medium that carried the message of unity. The drinking songs made famous throughout the world like "Whiskey in the Jar" and "Wild Rover" are arranged and performed to get your feet stomping and your hearts pounding while the stout keeps flowing.
The group has performed with many other Celtic groups such as Black 47 and Enter The Haggis. Please come join in the fun by picking up a copy of our CD's or joining us at our next live performance!