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Neil Murray

Neil Murray sings from the heart of this country– Jim Moginie, founding member of Midnight Oil

Neil Murray is one of Australia’s most original and respected singer/songwriters and has enjoyed a solo career since 1989.  He first emerged in the 1980s as a founding member of the ground-breaking Warumpi Band that helped make contemporary Indigenous music heard in mainstream Australia. 

His live shows are the stuff of legend and combine a rare gift for storytelling with a famously passionate performance. He has played at gigs and festivals small and large and remains an enduring and creative talent in the Australian music scene.

In 1995 Neil Murray received the APRA song of the year award for his composition ‘My Island Home’ originally written for the Warumpi Band and later recorded by Christine Anu. The song featured famously in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics and was named 25th on APRA’s list of the top 30 Australian songs.

‘Blackfella Whitefella’, ‘Good Light in Broome’, ‘Native Born’ and ‘Burrumbeep Hill’ are just some of the iconic songs Neil Murray has penned. Jimmy Little, Missy Higgins, Christine Anu, Peter Denahy, Amy Saunders, Powderfinger, Tiddas, Adam Brand, Emma Donovan, Yirrmal Marika and Ursula Yovich and many others have recorded his works.

Neil’s output has done much to deepen Australia’s contemporary music heritage, and in 2017 he was named Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist of the Year.