Neil Murray (Australian musician)

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Neil Murray (b. 1956, Ararat, Victoria) is an Australian musician, singer and writer. He was a founding member of the Warumpi Band which formed in the early 1980s, the first major Aboriginal rock group and influential Aboriginal rock band. He has since become one of Australia’s finest and influential singer/songwriters and has enjoyed a solo career since 1989.

Neil regularly performs throughout Australia, either with a backing band or solo. Currently he is doing a series of performances entitled, One of those Tunes with ex-Midnight Oil artist, Jim Monginie.

Biography[edit]

Murray was raised near Lake Bolac in Western Victoria. In 1980 he moved to Papunya and became a founding member of the Warumpi Band.[1] The Warumpi Band were pioneers of Aboriginal Rock. They released three albums and toured widely, including the Blackfella/Whitefella Tour with Midnight Oil in 1986.[2] Murray launched his solo career in 1989 and has since released eight albums, three books and one CD of spoken poetry. In 1995 his song "My Island Home", originally written for the Warumpi Band, was named the APRA Song of the Year. Re-recorded by Christine Anu, it has since become an unofficial anthem and featured in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. He has also performed extensively with his backing band, The Rainmakers.

Discography[edit]

  • Calm & Crystal Clear 1989
  • These Hands 1993
  • Dust 1996
  • The Wondering Kind 1999
  • Going the Distance 2003
  • About Time 2005
  • 2songmen--Shane Howard & Neil Murray Live in Darwin 2006
  • Overnighter 2007
  • Witness 2010
  • Sing the Song - the essential Neil Murray 2011
  • Bring Thunder and Rain 2014

Videos[edit]

  • 1989 Calm and Crystal Clear, Let's Fall In Love Again
  • 1993 Holy Road, Sing Your Destiny
  • 2004 Over the Moon, Holding on to Sky
  • 2005 Tom Wills Would
  • 2007 Lights of Hay

Published works[edit]

  • 1980 Starting Procedure (poetry)
  • 1993 Sing for me, Countryman[3]
  • 1999 One Man Tribe (poetry)
  • 2009 Native Born (song lyrics)[4]
  • 2010 My Island Home [5]
  • 2012 Blackfella Whitefella [6]

Short stories[edit]

  • "Home and Away", The Bulletin 1983
  • "Boomerangs", Going Down Swinging 1983
  • "Two Stones", Inprint 1983
  • "The Risks of Two-up Motorcycling", Australian Short Stories 1987
  • "One Last Hitch", The Edge 1989
  • "Unmarked Graves", included in Banjo Clarke's Wisdom Man, Penguin Australia, 2003

Articles[edit]

  • "A Guide to Boomerang Buying", On the Street 1983
  • "Turning up the stars full blast", Australian Playboy, 1984
  • "Over the back fence", Follow me Gentleman 1986
  • "He's my brother", The Australian Way, July 1989
  • "The Getting of Banjos Wisdom", The Age, 25 April 2000
  • "Was True Blue a Blackfella?", The Age, 6 July 2002
  • "Gunnedah Dreaming", The Age Review, 3 July 2004
  • "No Flowers", The Monthly, 3 August 2005
  • "How Many Sleeps?", The Monthly, January 2006
  • "A Healing Walk", published 2009 in the University of Portland Magazine, Vol 28, No 2

Stage plays[edit]

  • King For This Place, commissioned by Deckchair Theatre, Fremantle, Western Australia, 1999

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murray, Neil (2009). Native Born. One Tree Hill.
  2. ^ Dodshon, Mark (2004). Beds Are Burning. Penguin. p. 146.
  3. ^ Murray, Neil (2003). Sing for me, Countryman. ISBN 0-646-42868-3
  4. ^ Murray, Neil (2009). Native Born-Songs of Neil Murray. ISBN 978-0-9805643-9-6
  5. ^ Murray, Neil (2010). My Island Home ISBN 9780980564334
  6. ^ Murray, Neil (2012). Blackfella Whitefella ISBN 9780980794892

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