Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.—FAIR HAVEN—The last concert in the Fair Haven Concert 2016 summer series features The J.P. Murphy Band. This Irish group of musicians will take center stage in the gazebo on Thursday, Aug. 18 beginning at 7 p.m. This is a free ice cream night.
J.P. Murphy was formed in early 1991, by Patrick Gray, Sr. who sings lead and plays rhythm guitar or banjo as well as an occasional harmonica. His love for his Irish heritage, the words and music he grew up with, made it a natural choice for him to form a traditional Irish group.
Originally formed as an Irish duo with son Patrick, who shares lead vocals, harmony and plays rhythm guitar while playing the bass foot pedal. The duo soon turned three-man-band, (or more when guest fiddlers join in), adding drums/percussion and acoustic bass performed by good friend and relative, Michael Burdick.
The group performs traditional Irish music such as the great battle songs, “Patriots Game” and “James Connolly,” and the world-famous drinking songs like “Whiskey in the Jar” and “Wild Rover,” all arranged and performed to get hands clapping.