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Maine Singer Wows 300,000 Live on BBC Radio Wales During U.K. Celtic Tour, Plans for ‘Home’ Tour Next
Kristyn Murphy, a singer and native of Maine, has recently returned home after wowing audience across the U.K. as a lead performer with a new stage show called Celtic Journey. Dubbed by the U.K. press as a “U.S. Celtic Singing Star”, Murphy recently took to the national studio at BBC Radio Wales to discuss her international debut tour and her collaboration with Welsh Celtic-Folk group The Meadows, and wowed over 300,000 listeners with a stunning live rendition of Carrickfergus.
Murphy hopes to next bring Celtic Journey to the United States, as it proved widely popular in the United Kingdom during its debut tour, and she believes those in the U.S., especially those with Celtic ancestry, would find a strong connection to the show. The Celtic Journey show focuses around the theme of ‘home’ and features a mixture of music, story, and dance from the Celtic nations, and seems to be spellbinding audiences:
“Celtic Journey draws from the best of the Celtic folk traditions and presents something quite unique, with mesmerizing beauty and haunting melodies,” says audience member Ron D.
“I was hypnotised by the incredible talent and the marvellous programme of Celtic music, the emotion of which greatly moved me,” added another listener.
Along with Murphy, lead performers are Melody, Fantasia, Harvey, and Titania Meadows, a family of talented, multi-playing instrumentalists from Wales. The show also showcases a rare mixture of Irish, Scottish Highland, and Welsh Clog Dancing. Fan posted videos of the show reveal a variety of music from toe tapping reels to tear-jerking ballads, as well as stories from the different Celtic nations, including areas on this side of the Atlantic, such as Murphy’s home state of Maine and areas in Canada.
“We want Celtic Journey to explore multiple aspects of Celtic cultures, including the profound influence it has had in many parts of Canada and the U.S.” Murphy told Celtic Life International Magazine’s 2-million readers in a recent interview, “As human beings, we all have a story to tell. We all have a past that has influenced who we are today. While a physical home may change or be left behind, there is always an internal ‘home’ which connects us to a wider community. I believe Celtic Journey will help to build those bridges between people.”
While the Celtic Journey musicians perform beyond their years, audiences would be surprised to learn that the artists are still in their teens and 20’s. Throughout the show The Meadows are frequently seen switching instruments and proving their high caliber playing ability equally on each. Although Murphy and The Meadows have only recently started performing together, they look at home on stage, as if they have been entertaining together for years.
Murphy is clearly an actress as well as a singer and shows the ability to draw audiences away from reality through her singing, helping them to emote at levels not often experienced at a live performance. From facial express to vocal inflection, Murphy seems to become a new character for each song. Her pure and smooth tones engulf listeners as they listen to the song’s story.
After touring nationally in 2016, and internationally this year, Murphy is now planning her first major solo tour of her home state, which will embark in Fall of 2018 and will coincide with a new music release. Venues interested in booking Murphy’s show, or those interested in becoming tour sponsors, should contact Kristyn and her team via her website www.kristynmurphy.com. Those interested in learning more about Celtic Journey can visit www.celticjourneyshow.com
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