Anna Murphy (musician)

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Anna Murphy
Murphy at Epic Metal Fest 2015
Murphy at Epic Metal Fest 2015
Background information
Birth nameAnna Maria Murphy
Born (1989-08-10) 10 August 1989 (age 33)
Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • audio engineer
Years active2005–present
LabelsNuclear Blast
Member of
Formerly of

Anna Maria Murphy (born 10 August 1989)[1] is a Swiss musician, singer, songwriter and audio engineer. She is best known as the female lead vocalist of Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie from 2006 until 2016, in which she also played hurdy-gurdy and flute. Since her departure from Eluveitie, she has been the lead vocalist of Swiss progressive metal band Cellar Darling.

Early life[edit]

Anna Murphy was born 10 August 1989 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Her father, Andrew Murphy, is a Dublin-born Irish person and her mother, Christiane Boesiger, is a native Swiss.[2] Because both of her parents work in Switzerland as professional opera singers,[3] she came in contact with music in her early childhood years.[3]

Music career[edit]

In 2006, at the age of 16, she became the hurdy-gurdy player of the Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie. It provided a certain Celtic feel to the band.

In early 2010, Murphy formed, together with fellow Eluveitie member Meri Tadic, the ambient project godnr.universe!.[4] By the end of the year, she also joined the folk group Fräkmündt (named after the ancient name of Mount Pilatus),[5] which was one of the national contestants of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011.[6] In the end, their song D'Draachejongfer could not beat In Love for a While (a song by Anna Rossinelli). Since the spring of 2011, Murphy worked as an audio engineer at the Obernauer Soundfarm Studios in Lucerne. In that same year, she also became a permanent member of the band Nucleus Torn.[7]

Anna Murphy performing with Cellar Darling at Rockharz festival 2018.

She left Eluveitie on 5 May 2016, following Ivo Henzi and Merlin Sutter and starting a new band with them.[8][9] This band is called Cellar Darling after her solo album.[10]

In August 2022, Maer, a Dark Folk/Chamber Prog project from Anna Murphy and Marjana Semkina (Iamthemorning) was announced.


With Eluveitie[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

With godnr.universe![edit]

  • godnr.universe! (2010)

With Fräkmündt[edit]

  • Uufwärts e d'Föuse, bärgwärts e d'Rueh (2010)
  • Heiwehland (2011)
  • Landlieder & Frömdländler (2014)

With Nucleus Torn[edit]

  • Golden Age (2011)
  • Street Lights Fail (2014)

With Lethe[edit]

  • When Dreams Become Nightmares (2014)
  • The First Corpse On The Moon (2017)

With Cellar Darling[edit]

With Maer[edit]

  • Sister (2022)

Solo work[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Cellar Darling (2013)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Holy GrailCrisis in Utopia (2010)
  • SwashbuckleCrime Always Pays (2010)
  • Varg – Wolfskult (2011)
  • Status MinorOuroboros (2011)
  • Blutmond – Revolution Is Dead (2012)
  • Haïrdrÿer – Off to Haïradise (2014)
  • Varg – Rotkäppchen (2015)
  • Back to Life – A Tribute to Goodbye to Gravity (2016)
  • Evenmore – Last Ride (2016)
  • Varg – Das Ende aller Lügen (2016)
  • Folkestone – Ossidiana (2017)
  • LeahAncient Winter (2018)
  • Appearance of Nothing – In Times of Darkness (2019)
  • Wear Your Sins – Orpheus Omega (2019)


  1. ^ Simone Bösch: Geheimnisvolle Beschwörungen. In: Metal Hammer, Ausgabe Mai 2009, Axel Springer Mediahouse München GmbH, München 2009, pp. 48–50.
  2. ^ u.A. Anna Murphy: Woher kommen eigentlich...,, Retrieved 2 April 2012. (in German).
  3. ^ a b Eluveitie Interview with Anna,, Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  4. ^ godnr.universe!, Myspace, retrieved 2 April 2012.
  5. ^ Fräkmündt entstaubt den Hudigäggeler,, retrieved 2 April 2012.
  6. ^ Fräkmündt: «D'Draachejongfer»,, retrieved 2 April 2012.
  7. ^ Anna Murphy (Eluveitie) wird Mitglied bei Nucleus Torn Archived 30 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine,, retrieved 2 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Eluveitie". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Anna Murphy". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Cellar Darling on Facebook". Facebook. Archived from the original on 27 April 2022.[user-generated source]

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