For more than three decades Neil Murray has kept close dialogue with the Nation's Heart. One of Australia's finest songwriters
Maverick song man Neil Murray was a founding member of the pioneering indigenous Warumpi Band, which in the 1980’s penetrated mainstream Australia with the iconic anthems My Island Home and Blackfella Whitefella
He has since become a nationally renowned singer/songwriter, releasing a string of remarkable solo albums - the latest being “Hindsight”- a 2 CD selection of songs from his back catalogue.
Widely covered, his song writing is diverse- from the rollicking Good Light in Broome, to the prayerful Native Born and the healing Myall Creek, the roots groove of Long Grass Band, the journeyman monologue of Lights of Hay, the contemplation of place in Burrumbeep Hill and Whispering Casuarina.
Neil Murray was awarded the 1995 APRA song of the year for My Island Home which Christine Anu performed in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics and at the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Jailanguru Pakarnu- (Out From Jail -a 1983 co-write with Warumpi Band guitarist Sammy Butcher in the Luritja language- and credited as the first commercially released pop rock song in an indigenous language ) and My Island Home were selected into the National Film and Sound Archives “ Sounds of Australia Series”
In recognition of his influence, Neil Murray was awarded the 2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist of the Year.