Michael Murphy (musician)

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Michael John Murphy is a folk musician based in Omaha, Nebraska. He plays various instruments, including the guitar, piano, and Native American flute. He has been a singer songwriter based out of Omaha since the 1970s.


His lyrics are often socially conscious or spiritual, and he uses personal stories and anecdotes in his shows.[1] He has been writing songs since the 1970s, as noted by the lyrics to song, Liquor Stores, which begins: "I was working at a liquor store in July of '73". More recently, he has garnered popularity with the Native American flute, which he started playing after his mother (who was part Cherokee) died.[2]

Production and studio work[edit]

He has worked with a number of other well known musicians, including Brulé, Mark Holland, The Young Bucks, and Duane Martin, Sr.. Murphy helped produce and does the instrumentation on Martin's 2010 project, Cante Tenza Olowan - Song For The Strong Heart [1].


Michael has been involved with the Whiteclay Advisory Committee, a group of activists concerned about alcoholism on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and about the sale of alcohol on the border of the reservation in the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska.[3] Along with Canupa Gluha Mani, he performed and produced the music for The Battle for Whiteclay, a documentary about the Whiteclay issue.[4] Murphy has been featured at the Omaha Summer Arts Festival, the Avoca Iowa Folk Festival, and the Lincoln Plainsong Festival.

Music education[edit]

He has taught Native American flute at clinics and colleges in the midwest, especially the Omaha Metropolitan Community College and the Nebraska Indian Community College and St. Augustine Mission in Macy, Nebraska.[5] Murphy is a member of the Nebraska Arts Council and the International Native American Flute Association.


  • Secret Thoughts (1996)
  • The Second (1998)
  • Sacred Hearts (2002)
  • Trail of Tears (2003)
  • Peace (2004)
  • Honor Songs of the Great White Father (2006)

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Schuller, Lisa Local Catholics use Music to Praise, Inspire, The Catholic Voice, Omaha, Nebraska (October 25, 2002)
  2. ^ "Learn about the Native American flute from Michael Murphy". Omaha Creative Institute. 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Vogel, Brandon (2010). "Concert aims to pressure state to take responsibility, change ugly story". The Reader. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ Vasina, Mark (2010). "The Battle for Whiteclay". The Reader. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Encounter Center showcases songs, prayers". Sioux City Journal. 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2011.