Greg Murray and the Seven Wonders

UPDATE 19/04/2022 – unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, this concert has been cancelled.

Greg Murray and the Seven Wonders, plus support from Paul Handyside

Friday 22nd April 2022, 8.00pm, The Hub at St Mary’s

Greg Murray and the Seven Wonders are a band that plays the music of the eternal Saturday night. They blend the passion of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Van Morrison, and The Waterboys into a sound that is at once familiar and new. The band played at the Fuse Festival in 2021, and raised the roof.

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UPDATE 19/04/2022 – unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, this concert has been cancelled.

Greg Murray & The Seven Wonders fuses the twang of Americana, with latino, with ‘death country’, with brash and anthemic choruses, soaring into the sky, with the help of rousing brass, played at one hundred miles per hour. There is Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Arcade Fire, The Waterboys, Calexico, Van Morrison, all with a slight Irish tinge.

The entirely Northern Irish Mr James Gregory Murray writes the lyrics and melodies, plays the guitar and sings. He has recruited a great bunch of friends with a wonderful array of talent to join him put his songs onto the world’s musical map.

This is original music played by a big gang of friends who want you to listen, laugh and dance. Imagine an Irish man, sprinkled with the tears of angels, and then surround him with a cloud of musicians and singers and let them take you on a roller-coaster ride, from beautiful heart-torn ballads to sublime, ethereal choral choruses with full blast uplifting brass-infused hooks with folk-Americana influences, that generates the most frantic elevating energy.

This huge band play a wide variety of song styles; including brazen barn-dances, beautiful ballads, ‘death country’, dramatic Americana, folksy ‘tex-mex’ tinged graceful-indie-rock, reggae-folk with added colour from an unbelievably rousing brass section and accordion player! Add the fact that virtually every member of the band sings and it’s no surprise that their shows create a fantastic atmosphere. They bring something different with a totally original brand of sincere, positive, heart-warming, life-affirming, heart-felt, hugely majestic, blend of music – making an incredible carnival of a live show.

Support from Paul Handyside

Paul is a folk and roots singer songwriter. His song writing style has been compared to artists as varied as Chris Difford, Billy Bragg, Robyn Hitchcock, Green Gartside, Elvis Costello, Jeff Buckley and Martin Carthy.

He began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah! and toured extensively worldwide. Handyside formed Bronze in 2001. Still embracing chiming, Rickenbacker driven pop, and increasingly alt country, they released two albums, The Statue in the Stone and A Common Prayer. His debut solo album Future’s Dream, a combination of pop, country and modern day hymns was released in 2007 to great reviews. The second album Wayward Son followed in 2013 and further developed his own brand of folk-tinged americana. Tide, Timber & Grain was released in 2016 with elements of traditional British folk and sixties protest songs emerging in Handyside’s now well established and diverse musical palette.

The fourth album Loveless Town  was released 21st of May 2021. As is evident in the title track he songs have an even stronger resonance with country and americana, the counterpoint to which is “Hartley Pit Catastrophe”, a true story from his native North East with its English folk sensibilities. Handyside is aided and abetted by long time cohorts Dave Porthouse on double bass and melodeon and by Rob Tickell, who also produced the album, on guitar and dobro.