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Neil Murray
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14 Jun 8pm
Neil Murray in Concert, The Oasis (the old primary school), 30 Bow St, Rainbow, Vic
29 Jun
Neil Murray in Concert, Kooljaman, Cape Leveque,
via Broome, WA
30 Jun
Neil Murray in Concert, Kooljaman, Cape Leveque, via Broome, WA
6 Jul 7:30pm
Neil Murray in Concert, The White Elephant Bar, Broome Convention Centre, 12 Frederick St, Broome, WA
Supported by John Bennet
7 July 9pm
Country Music Jamboree, Boab Festival, Derby, WA
13 Jul 8pm
Neil Murray Live in Concert, Kununurra Agricultural Show,
Kununurra, WA
19 Jul 7pm
Neil Murray in Concert, The Finch Cafe, 17 A Katherine Terrace, Katherine, NT
Pizza and bar available.
27 Jul 7pm
Neil Murray in Concert, Darwin Railway Club, 17 Somerville Gardens, Parap, NT
Supported by Serina Pech
10 Nov 7pm
Neil Murray in Concert, Bruthen Mechanics Hall, Bruthen, Vic
Supported by Todd Cook
To book Neil for your event contact:
SALLY LAWRENCE black.cockatoo@icloud.com
JUNE 2018
Neil Murray Live

Greetings people,

Neil Murray is set for another winter pilgrimage into Northern Australia. To get the Kimberly & NT tour show up and rolling he kicks off at Rainbow, Vic on Thursday June 14th supported by the mallee stalwarts- The Lazy Farmer’s Sons. Says Neil- "I like what I’d heard of them and I don’t mind admitting they influenced me to write Come away from that Country". On to the Alice where Neil hooks up for recording with Sammy Butcher & his sons with Jim Moginie and Jeff McLaughlin assisting. Yes the Tjungukutu (Still together) Project is still alive folks. Updating the Tjungukutu Project, is a statement from Neil below.

From Alice, Neil will drive north west to Broome for shows at Kulijaman, Cape Leveque on June 29th and 30th. Broome will see Neil perform on Friday July 6th at the White Elephant Bar, supported by Broome legend and very special guest Stephen Pigram.

A spot in Derby at the Country Music Jamboree on Saturday July 7th, before Neil heads to Kununurra for a performance at the Ag Show on July 13th.

Katherine will host Neil at the Finch Café on Thursday July 19th, then Friday July 27th Neil will stretch out at the Railway Club, Darwin in both solo and band configuration (with locals Alan Murphey on drums and Brendon Hicks on bass joing him) with Serina Pech supporting.

It has been announced that the collective known as "Friends and Family play songs of Warumpi Band"- which first appeared at Garma Festival last year- will gather again for a celebratory performance at the Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival at Gregory Downs, Queensland on Friday August 17th. 

With a lineup of Layi Layi and Billy Burarrawanga on vocals, a rhythm section of Alan Murphy and Brendan Hicks, along with Sammy Butcher (bass) and son’s Jason (guitar) & Jeremiah (keys) alongside Neil (guitars and vocals)- this will be (unless there is hot Warumpi covers band out there somewhere) as near to a real Warumpi Band performance that one is likely to get.

Take care folks,
John King

UPDATE: Tjungukutu project

Statement from Neil:
"The Warumpi Band would never have happened if not for Sammy Butcher turning up wanting to see my guitar. That he was a gifted musician was obvious and our subsequent jamming lead to the Warumpi Band forming around us. Sammy was and remains a person of great moral integrity and his inclusive outlook set the template for the Warumpi Band’s modus operandi. He is someone who has my greatest respect and he has been a terrific mentor and inspiration for indigenous people nationwide.
The passing of lead singer George in 2007 effectively ended any chance of the Warumpi Band recording or performing again. However, Sammy was still at Papunya and was still involved with music- whether it be producing and mentoring bands such as Tjupi Band - or recording his own solo album "Desert Surf Guitar".
Acknowledging our special history we talked about writing songs again. We felt we could still make a statement. In 2014 I went to Papunya and over 3 or 4 days some 6 songs were generated. All were started from Sammy’s stories or musical ideas. He would give me a spark and leave me and when he returned I’d have a fire going. Subsequent trips yielded more songs and we made plans to record and held a crowd funding campaign. Jim Moginie was enlisted to co-produce and initial beds were done at Mick Wordley’s “Mixmasters” studio. Unfortunately before we could get Sammy in the studio he suffered the first of 3 strokes over an 18 month period, resulting in an impairment to his right hand which has affected his playing ability. Undeterred, Sammy has since made contributions to the tracks with the help of engineer/producer Jeff McLaughlin in Tennant Creek. That process continues and we are aiming to get more of Sammy and also contributions from his sons Jason and Jeremiah onto the tracks in Alice Springs in June 2018. Once this is done we can look at mixing later this year.
It is vital that the Tjungukutu project is completed- not only for the crowd funding contributors - but also for the legion of Warumpi Band fans (which continue to grow) - who will I expect be keenly interested in what the two of us come up with. The Tjungukutu album, I hope will be a lasting legacy of a great musical partnership that can be traced back to a single moment at Papunya in 1980 when Sammy knocked on my door."

Neil Murray and Sammy Butcher