Chris Murphy

Violinist and Songwriter

Chris Murphy fuses styles and techniques from across the globe, weaving a unique fabric of world music. Murphy finds his element on the stage, where spontaneity and improvisation reign. Chris has amassed a deep catalog of solo and collaborative music over the years, and his diverse talents make him a sought after composer and collaborator for film.

Press for Chris Murphy:

“Haunting and enchanting…A talented and innovative player traveling on the edge.”
~Dirty Linen Magazine

“He plays the violin like he was born with it.”
~Kaj Roth, Roth N’ Roll, 2016

The Tinker’s Dream (2017 Album)

Press for The Tinker’s Dream:

“Cinematic sweep embodied in musical form! 9/10 stars!”
~Jason Hillenburg, Skope Magazine 2017

“The Tinker’s Dream is a musical work of high artistry!”
~Lance Wright, Indiemunity 2017

“This is [Murphy’s] finest release to date!”
~Shannon Cowden, Gashouse Radio 2017

“There isn’t a single song on The Tinker’s Dream that lacked the rich, organic instrumentation that hits you right in your soul when you hear it!”
~Matt Turner, No More Division 2017

“The Tinker’s Dream is a first-class release in every respect!”
~Lydia Hillenburg, Vents Magazine 2017

“A fantastic interpretation of Irish folk!”
~Dani Heyvaert, Rootstime 2017

“This is quintessential world music– brisk, clear, and vibrant! A true piece of art!”
~The Ark of Music 2017

“A songwriting and instrumental extravaganza! 9/10 stars!”
~Charles Hatton, Indie Music Reviews 2017

“One of the most respected instrumental talents in any genre currently working in the modern music scene!”
~David Shouse, Band Blurb 2017

Red Mountain Blues (2016 Album)

Press for Red Mountain Blues:

“Distilling the essence of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and Bob Wills into a heady spirit of moaning fiddle, burbling banjo, dandelion mandolins and high-lonesome harmonies, the songs on Chris Murphy’s Red Mountain Blues move and morph like a moonshine dream. 

Surely, fans of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ry Cooder, David Grisman, and The Band will find a certain redemption in Murphy’s tin-type Americana, a cinematic blend of bluegrass, country and folk aesthetics that sits comfortably alongside new-generation folkies like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers, but suggests a much older vintage, and a far deeper pedigree.”
~James Rotondi, Brooklyn, NY

“The latest release from respected violinist and New York City native Chris Murphy, Red Mountain Blues, is yet another milestone in a career stretching back a number of years and featuring a number of largely unheralded gems that outstrip the work of much more visible contemporaries. These are fully realized slices of Americana goodness propelled by little more than a consistent triple punch of violin, guitar, and banjo augmented by occasional strains of mandolin. 9/10”
~David Shouse,

“It is an immaculately produced affair that highlights the individual elements present in Murphy’s compositions with a generous and attentive ear…Track after track, Murphy shows why he is one of the best songwriters in popular music and unjustly flying under the mainstream radar…9 out of 10 stars.”
~Cyrus Rhodes, No Depression

“This is a deeply rewarding work that will appeal to a cross section of listeners. The melodies give each of the album’s fourteen songs instant accessibility without ever sounding too samey and the lyrical content has a wide vision rather than confining itself to rehashing tired tropes from the genre. 9 out of 10 stars.”
~Lance Wright, Indie Artist Alliance

Surface to Air (2016 Album)

Press for Surface to Air:

“Find Murphy – the Los Angeles fiddle master foraging for lyric themes in the underbelly of folk-rock tradition, turning up gems of Dylanesque guile, Tom Waits-approved gothic cabaret, and the kind of emblematic story-songs that have sustained songwriters from Neil Young, to Richard Thompson and Old Crow Medicine Show. SURFACE TO AIR, Murphy’s American pastiche, suggests that rambling souls are just as likely to spin their weathered tales in LA as they are in Dixie.”
~James Rotondi, Brooklyn, NY
February 2014

“9/10 Stars…Arch-traditional folk, jazzy strains, and blues find their way into his songs often and to excellent effect…. This is music with many beating hearts and their pulse is loud.”
~Cyrus Rhodes, No Depression

“9/10 stars, this is an extraordinary expansive album invoking a handful of wildly varied musical voices and an example of pure songwriting technique… Murphy’s violin slices through the mix for extended and highly melodic fills… Surface to Air is a 14 song collection that will impress long time fans and win over new converts by the score…”
~Jason Hillenburg, Skope Magazine

“9/10 stars Surface to Air is a deep collection of songs and instrumentals that plays coherently from first song to last and never lapses into self-indulgence… deserves repeated listening… exquisitely written and moves with smooth control.”
~Aaron Ellis, Indie Artist Alliance


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The Teahouse Company represents Chris Murphy.