Tymon Dogg (born Stephen John Murray) is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Dogg's career started early with shows at the Cavern and Peppermint Lounge in Liverpool when he was just 15. As well as pursuing a solo career, he collaborated with many bands and musicians including The Clash, and was a member of Joe Strummer's last band, The Mescaleros.
Dogg became disillusioned with the constraints of the commercial music industry and cut his ties with it to become part of London's early 1970s underground scene. Moving into a squatted property in Westbourne Grove, Dogg made a living gigging in folk clubs and busking with house mate 'Woody' aka Joe Strummer. Dogg regularly played at the Charlie Pig Dog Club with the 101ers and when Joe Strummer joined The Clash Dogg was invited to contribute tracks on Sandinista and Combat Rock.
Other notable housemates from that time included all female punk band The Slits, with whom Dogg shared a flat until 1978. In 1978, Dogg spent six months in India, moving to the North East of England on his return in 1979 with artist Helen Cherry. In 1980 Dogg moved to New York, meeting up with old friends Joe Strummer and Mick Jones who were recording at Electric Ladyland. Dogg worked with Malcolm McLaren in 1982-83 while the latter was producing Duck Rock. Dogg released two solo albums during the 1980s including Battle of Wills and Relentless, as well as New Age Songs, (1987) an album by the band he formed with Helen Cherry called the Frugivores. In 1991, Dogg and Helen had a son who was born with learning disabilities. The next decade was devoted to taking care of him. In 2000, Dogg met up with old friend Joe Strummer again at the Poetry Olympics curated by Michael Horovitz. The two performed an impromptu set of songs together, with Lily Allen in her début stage performance as backing singer.
Shortly afterwards, Dogg joined Strummer's band, The Mescaleros, and the two worked together until Strummer's death in 2002 producing hits such as "Mondo Bongo" and "Johnny Appleseed". Dogg has continued to write and record his music. An EP, Guantanamo was released by Map Music in 2006; in 2010 Cherry Red released a compilation of songs from 1967 – 2009 called The Irrepressible Dogg Dogg and Thin Man Press produced a CD of Dogg's soundscape settings of extracts from Louis Aragon's A Wave of Dreams in 2012. Dogg produced and composed settings for the album Forgive and Forget by singer-songwriter Susannah Austin which will be released early 2014.
Composed music & lyrics, sang & played violin on "Lose This Skin"; composed & played violin part on "The Equaliser"; played violin on "Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice)" & "Something About England"; played harmonium on "Sound of the Sinners".