Murphys LoreMurphys Lore
Album: Outlore
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 9

Many years ago, I found myself living in Great Yarmouth and playing a small part in the Broadland music scene, based on the coastal towns of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth as well as the City of Norwich. At that time live music could be found somewhere pretty much every night, ranging from traditional musicians such as Jon Collerick and singer songwriters like John Ward through to the up tempo Celtic folk of Old Heads Young Shoulders.

Now, nearly 20 years after leaving East Anglia, here I am renewing my acquaintance with music from the Broadland scene and if this release is anything to go by it is in pretty good shape.

Not to be confused with a ceilidh band from Bournemouth, Murphy's Lore hail from both Norwich and Lowestoft and, in Outlore, Billy, Roop, Alex, Jai & Vinny have produced a Folk Rock album that is very much of its place. Lowestoft is a town that has seen very much better times and the decline and lack of opportunity is reflected in the lyrics of some of the original songs on the album, as is a dedication to having a good time.

Outlore consists of 9 very different songs and tunes, building on a base of traditional music with a range of influences from Dub to Country. There are 7 originals and two covers dealing with a range of topics, ranging from a defiant break up song, Beating Heart which was released as a single and is paired with the tune Out On The Ocean to start the album off through to what to do on a night out in Lowestoft in The Crazies (The Lowestoft Song). There is also Dandelion Dub, a folk dub fusion ode to sitting down with a nice cup of tea and a folk funk fusion tune called Funky that does exactly what it says on the tin.

Even though songs like The Crazies (The Lowestoft Song) & It's Not Perfect (But It's still home To Me) paint a warts and all picture of this North Suffolk town there is still a palpable sense of pride in Lowestoft contained in the Lyrics.

Outlore closes with a couple of covers, the first being at set of tune by Irish band Lunasa called, unsurprisingly, The Lunasa Set. The final track is a high tempo country version of Bob Dylan's Walking Down The Line, which the band has reworked to reference the traditional rivalry between Lowestoft & Norfolk neighbours Great Yarmouth.

Overall, Murphy's Lore's third album is an enjoyable listen with songs to make you think, songs to make you smile and tunes to make you dance somehow I suspect they are even better live. Their brand of high tempo Folk Rock would go down well on the festival circuit but I can also imagine listening to them on a sunny weekend on the banks of the River Waveney at the pub that seems to be their spiritual home, the Locks Inn at Geldeston. If I see you there mine's a pint of Wherry

David Chamberlain

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