John Kennedy looks ahead to a special send-off for two much-loved West Midlands artists. Photo: Richard Shakespeare.
On the lazy sunny Sunday afternoon at the recent Moseley Folk Festival, a brief, poignant set of songs were performed, dedicated to the late and dearly-missed Paul Murphy. Paul was a near-permanent fixture at Moseley Folk, both as the top-hatted, manic-screech ringmaster preacher of Balkan blitz fronting The Destroyers or the more-sublime solo singer-songwriter and word-wizard “raponteur” troubadour.
Birmingham homeless charity SIFA Fireside are holding a special tribute at the Jam House for Paul, and for his fellow Midlands artist Rich McMahon, who also passed away in the last 18 months. Local artists will pay tribute to Paul and Rich whilst helping to raise funds for the charity.
The line-up includes the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards-nominated banjoist Dan Walsh, and the Black Country’s Alex Vann, who played regularly with Rich. Abie Budgen will curate a set from musicians who were closely linked to Paul, and there’ll also be a performance from Combined Authority, along with The Dissenters and other local acoustic artists. The acts will perform original material as well as songs by Rich and Paul, and some much-loved classics.
A Tribute To Rich McMahon & Paul Murphy is at the Jam House on September 20. For more information, visit http://www.thejamhouse.com/birmingham/live-music/event/4079/a-tribute-to–rich-mcmahon–paul-murphy-september-2016.htm.