Biography: Scruffy Murphy Band
Who is Scruffy Murphy anyway? We get asked that often because folks want to know which of us in the band is named Scruffy. Well - sad to say - nobody in the band is actually Scruffy Murphy. We think he was a real character from long ago and far away. He's the type of person who would frequent smoky pubs until the wee hours of the morning; slugging down the pints and playing Irish music. That actually does describe the guys in the band pretty well, so it can be said that we come by our name honestly.
This Irish band gives a new twist to traditional songs and reels, which it mixes with more contemporary songs e.g. Van Morrison, The Pogues, U2, Grateful Dead, Water Boys etc. Audience participation is a feature of a Scruffy gig, with chorus sheets handed out. The band frequently utilizes three part harmonies, and the instrumentation includes rhythm guitar, electric bass, accordion, fiddle, djembe and bodhran.
Scruffy has performed all around Virginia in many different settings. The most rewarding part of the experience has been, without a doubt, getting to know many of the "Scruffy Heads" who make the performances much more enjoyable with their enthusiasm and support.
The bottom line for our music is: we are going to have fun and if given the chance, the audience will as well.
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