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The Murphy Beds
May 27 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. They have performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Anais Mitchell, and Sam Amidon.
“their great feat turns out to be taking what’s best of the classic Irish folk revival without falling into any of its clichés. The resulting album bears repeated listening from start to finish, with ten beautiful, crystalline songs.” –Huffington Post
Eamon started playing Irish music while growing up in Dublin through his friendship with the Mayock family, traditional musicians from County Mayo. When he moved to New York City in the early 90’s, he immersed himself in the city’s traditional music scene and travelled widely, performing with many of the great players in Irish music. In 2004 he and fiddler Patrick Ourceau released the album Live at Mona’s. Eamon has taught at many traditional music programs in the US and also records and performs original music. His new solo record, All Souls, is available on Reveal Records.
Jefferson started out as a guitarist on the Colorado bluegrass and jamband circuit and has been living in Brooklyn since 2008. His latest solo release, Alameda, a self-produced collection of eight originals, features contributions from John Fatum, Jeff Picker, Hannah Read, Sarah Jarosz, and others. In 2014, he and songwriter Anais Mitchell won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for their album Child Ballads, a collection of new adaptations of English and Scottish folk songs. Jefferson also plays electric guitar and sings with six-piece roots ensemble Session Americana and co-produced their 2016 album Great Shakes.