Barrand first learned of the collection of songs written by Dover resident James K. Atwood when he was a professor at Marlboro.
The legendary folk musician and archivist Margaret MacArthur shared with him a volume of the songs originally published in 1919 and field recordings she made of Atwood’s son Fred singing them. Barrand revisited the songs for Dover’s bicentennial celebration in October, and went into the studio with Murphy to record the songs.
An accomplished vocalist, Barrand has recorded several albums of traditional folk music with John Roberts, including “Twiddlum Twaddlum,” “Spencer the Rover is Alive and Well,” and “Across the Western Ocean.”
He and Roberts are also part of the four-person group Nowell Sing We Clear, which performs an annual yuletide concert series. Barrand recently retired from his post as professor of anthropology at Boston University.
Newfoundland-born Murphy began absorbing his native musical languages - folksongs, ballads, and dance music - from an early age.
A proficient multi-instrumentalist, he has long applied much of his considerable energy to the rhythmic side, becoming a valued band member and sought-after sideman on guitar, mandolin, and foot percussion.
At the same time, Murphy’s natural and lyrical singing and piano playing add a complementary dimension to his music, a thoughtful, well-crafted, and ever-respectful take on tradition.
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