The concert will celebrate the life of Irish music mogul and former Pogues manager Frank Murray


It’s been just over seven years since the sudden death of music mogul and former Pogues manager Frank Murray.

Born in Drimnagh, Dublin, the music director, film actor, producer and concert organizer died on December 22, aged 66.

He’s probably best remembered as the manager of acts such as Thin Lizzy and The Pogues, but he also had spells to deal with acts ranging from Elton John to Dublin rapper Temper Mental Misselayneous, and by Kirsty McColl at The Frames.

Prior to his death, he worked with folk and blues duo The Lost Brothers and Dublin rock and roll band The Mighty Stef.

Next month, a celebration of his varied career and great successes will take place at the Irish Cultural Center in Hammersmith.

Their concert celebrating the life and times of the late great Frank Murray “will honor the memory of Frank”, confirms the organization.

It will feature the Christine Tobin Trio and The Lost Brothers, they add.

Earlier today, a sculpture – titled Scaradh – commissioned by Mr Murray’s brother Brian to celebrate his life will be unveiled at the Centre.

Meet the artists:

The Christine Tobin Trio – Christine Tobin featuring Phil Robson on guitar and Dave Whitford on double bass

Born and raised in Dublin, Christine Tobin is an award-winning singer and songwriter.

Her authentic sound has been described as “the 24 carat voice of Tobin” while praising her for both the poetry of her compositions and the warmth of her golden voice.

His style, although rooted in jazz, is eclectic and draws on a wide range of influences.

MOJO Music Magazine said of the artist, “Christine Tobin truly transcends flippant genre fication.

“Her expressive palette recognizes finely acquired 20th century folk, jazz and classical influences, which already sets her apart. And everything is crossed by an unmistakable refinement, a free spirit and a dizzying romanticism, this singer-songwriter is in a unique field.

Christine received critical acclaim in 2012 when she released her album, Sailing to Byzantium, which featured the poems of WB Yeats, set to her own music.

The following year she won a Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival for her show A Thousand Kisses Deep, which was her imaginative versions of Leonard Cohen classics; and later, Christine delivered “Pelt”, her album of settings of poems and lyrics by contemporary poet Paul Muldoon, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2008 Christine won Best Female Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards and in 2014 she won Jazz Female Vocalist of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Christine will be joined by Phil Robson, one of Europe’s finest jazz guitarists, and superb bassist Dave Whitford, who is one of the UK’s most in-demand musicians.

the lost brothers

Considered one of Ireland’s finest musical duos, Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland of Meath and Tyrone have been making music together since 2007.

Their sound is inspired by a range of influences which include the writings of Patrick Kavanagh, the music of Billie Holliday and the paintings of Jack B Yeats.

Their latest album, After The Fire After The Rain, was celebrated by BBC 6 Music, with legends like Iggy Pop and Steve Lamacq taking the songs to the airwaves.

BBC 6 also awarded him album of the day upon its release.

Music pre-production took place in Dublin, with Stephen Shannon (Iarla O’Lionard), the album was then recorded in Brooklyn NYC with Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan’s longtime musical director) and Daniel Schlett ( Bonnie Prince Billy) at the production helm.

The release features guest appearances from a range of artists including M Ward, Jolie Holland, Steve Wickham, Mike Coykendall and Howe Gelb.

The album was also shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Music Prize and received RTE Radio 1’s Album of the Week award.

In 2021, the band headlined Union Chapel London and sold out Dublin’s prestigious Vicar St. on a completely rescheduled tour.

Over the years the band has toured and shared stages with artists like Richard Hawley, Billy Bragg, Martha Wainwright and Paul Muldoon.

They’ve performed all over the world, from Glastonbury to South By Southwest, and they continue to forge a singular path and weave a sound that’s completely their own.

A concert celebrating the life and times of the late great Frank Murray takes place at the Irish Cultural Center in Hammersmith on Friday February 4 from 8pm. Tickets cost £30 and can be booked here


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