Dorothy Murphy


Dorothy Murphy is an established contemporary vocalist/composer who is currently working in Dublin, Ireland. Having studied in the classical tradition she then studied at Newpark Music Centre where she taught for 10 years on the Jazz degree programme.  She has performed with top Irish Jazz musicians - Louis Stewart, Ronan Guilfoyle, Tommy Halferty, Seán Mac Erlaine, Hugh Buckley and Mike Neilsen. She has performed with International musicians/ composers -Dave Liebman and Jens Winter.

She has performed on radio and television and at many festivals including Cork, Sligo and Derry.

Following a prestigious award presented by Music Network, Her debut album ‘Calling’ was recorded and released to critical acclaim on the IMC label in 2007.  In the same year,  Dorothy toured Ireland promoting her album, including an album launch at Crawdaddy in Dublin and a live radio performance for Lyric FM. 


Circleways - Dorothy voice/accordian with Seán Óg –sop.sax/bass cl. and Claire Fitch- cello, Cormac OBrien- bass, Phil Macmullan –drums

Voices  - explorative, ‘create in the moment’ trio – with Tuula Voutilainen and Sue Brady

Dorothy and Francesco - a duo with Francesco Turrisi - piano. A potent infusion of original compositions influenced by contemporary jazz and classical music

Veda - with Dara O’Brien - sitar. Explorative improvisations using the pathways of jazz modes and eastern ragas


“Like Bjork she creates soundscapes that are floating and ethereal so that traditional jazz devices acquire fresh contexts. Dorothy can exert great control of her voice while at the same time making it sound spontaneous, and her approach to improvisation is as much a percussive layer as it is melodic frontline.” JMI, 2008 

"Betrays the most divine kinship with Bjork" Irish Times, 2007