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Palace of Rock reviews Chris Murphy’s Surface To Air


In a recent post on Palace of Rock’s page, you might see a familiar face pop up in the feed. Los Angeles’ minstrel and Teahouse’s own Chris Murphy received a review from the site with some great things to say about his latest album, “Surface To Air”, from their music writer, Kaj Roth:

“Surface To Air…is a crossover of heartland rock, bluegrass and Irish folkmusic. “Dead weight” and “Last Of The Twickham Blackbirds”…are really cool roots-rock songs.”

Roth takes us through the album and gives his two cents, both positive and constructive, and commends Murphy for his craftsmanship, noting that he deserves a slot in a much-needed violinist hall of fame. We couldn’t agree more! Have a listen below to Chris Murphy’s track “Dead Weight” off the album and catch him live this weekend at Der Wolfskopf, starting at 9 PM.


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Mentoring at Elements Gathering

Chris Murphy will be teaching and performing at the annual Elements Gathering in Sequoia National Park July 16 -22, 2015.




Celebrating his 3 year of involvement with The Elements Gathering, Violinist /Fiddler/songwriter/composer Chris Murphy is thrilled to be sharing his love of folk, country, jazz and world music with the Elements tribe again this year. Chris is a 25 year veteran of performing original and tradition fiddle music, gypsy jazz, old time, classical and European styles all over the world and is the owner of THE TEAHOUSE COMPANY, a music production company that provides live music for private events, including the 2014 & 2015 Golden Globe Awards.

For The Elements Gathering his year Chris has curated a lovely and enchanting music series for everyone’s enjoyment including :
DEADWOOD: acoustic interpretations of The Grateful Dead, Joel Henry Stein, The Devil’s Box String Band, The Elements Talent Show and House Band and a Kid’s Music Program.

Chris holds a degree in jazz violin performance from New England Conservatory of Music and has released 16 albums of original music. His latest album release, RED MOUNTAIN BLUES, is collection of original Bluegrass, Western swing and old time music and features Tim O’brien on mandolin and Herb Peterson on Banjo.

Chris is active as a music teacher and in 2007 founded his own studio called THE BLACK TREE SCHOOL based in Santa Monica. In addition to teaching violin, mandolin, guitar, voice and music theory, Chris has developed his own unique and powerful curriculum that teaches and promotes the creative process, composition, improvisation and the development of personal style in all musicians .

Chris is also an active outdoors man, a natural horsemanship rider, student of Bushcraft and primitive skills and loves garage sales and flea markets!

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