As part of McGing’s Sunday-evening music series, the Westport pub will host two top American singer-songwriters, Dave Murphy and Paul Sachs, and very special guest, Irish country star Kerry Fearon.
Hailing from New Jersey, Dave Murphy has roots in south Armagh. On his latest album, ‘American Landscape’, Murphy is both a lonesome-voiced troubadour who sings like a heart newly bruised by distance and longing and an astute observer and chronicler of the American condition. He narrates his tales with wit and brevity. This lush and resonant collection – the singer’s sixth album – is a distillation of half a lifetime’s experience of of travel, stories and portraits. The songwriting is concise, spare, blunt and filled with unexpected gems.
American Landscape has been enjoying huge success in the States, reaching No 5 in the Roots Music Report’s National Top 50 Americana-Country Album Chart, where it spent over five months in the Top 50. It also reached No 1 on the Roots Music Report’s New Jersey Top 50 Album Chart, and No 9 on the Folk DJ Chart.
Born and raised in New York City, Paul Sachs writes lyrical and gritty songs. Bob Dylan, Harry Chapin, Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen were influences, pushing him into the folk music circles of the city. He has recorded six independent albums, and still lives in NYC, performing in various venues around the country. His finger-style guitar work and powerful voice combine to create mesmerizing vignettes.
Kerry Fearon, who recently headlined the Maverick stage at the 25th Millport Country music festival, has won a Horizon award for the most successful British and Irish Country Act in 2016, the Johnny Loughrey award at the Hot Country awards 2018 and she also reached the final of glór Tíre on TG4 in 2016.
Since competing in Glór Tíre, the hard-working south-Armagh singer has worked with Merle Haggard’s son Marty, and other US, such as Joni Harms, Ron and Leona Williams and Will Banister. One of her career highlights to date was getting to go on tour in the UK with one of her favourite country artists, Kelly Willis from Texas. Fearon also toured with Johnny Cash’s grandson Thomas Gabriel on his Cash legacy tour of Ireland in 2018.
For the McGing’s gig, all three singers will play their original material separately, and hopefully join forces too.
The gig will take place on Sunday, November 10, at 7pm; admission free.