Wednesday, September 16, 2009



Gatineau, September 12, 2009


Quality Does Rhyme with Simplicity...

At the 10th edition of

Virée Blues Boréale

You already know that the Virée Blues Boréale’s team is fond of venturing off the beaten track to help you discover some promising new Blues artists, those who will become top of the bill in future years. That is the case with our guest! We discovered this Montreal West pubs feature by chance; the quality and the simplicity of his Blues moods with folk and rock shades immediately appealed to us. Some may think that we were informed ... but no: Shane Murphy’s nomination as «discovery of the year» at this year’s Lys Blues was announced after the launching of our season’s program. A proof that our choice was once more right and shared by Quebec’s whole Blues Circuit!

Officially formed in March 2002, the Shane Murphy Trio has since played its unique and widely appealing variety of funk and blues at over 500 live shows to a collective audience of thousands. The band has a solid fan base in their hometown of Montreal as well as elsewhere in North America, thanks to powerful and original live shows. Most recently, Shane Murphy opened for the legendary reggae band «Steel Pulse» in Montreal. They also performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, at the Blues de Tremblant International Festival, at Woodstock en Beauce, at the Rimouski Jazz Festival, and at Rimouski en Blues to name only those.

Shane Murphy’s warm voice, a little like Dave Matthews’, is cleverly supported by Shian Ramjohn (bass and vocals) and by Rob Kraft (drums and vocals). Their first demo album, “What a Girl Needs”, consists of five songs recorded between February and May 2002, and it charted on college radio stations. And success may come again from their all new original full length album, "West End Plaza".

After attending a show by the Shane Murphy Trio, you will probably be left wondering why such a talented artist is not much more widely renown. We could not find the answer either. So we invite you all to join us at Virée Blues Boréale on Wednesday, September 16 2009, at 8h00 p.m, at Addiction, 117 Promenade du Portage in the Old Hull sector to hear him and build your own assessment.

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