It’s All About the Song: Nov 3 in Hbg, PA The Murphy Beds w/ Anna and Elizabeth

med_colliton_murphybeds__20140520-8770975491In a recent Folkmama Post we focused on the group Anna and Elizabeth. Today we are sending you information about The Murphy Beds. Both groups will be performing traditional songs both separately and together tomorrow, Thursday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. during a Susquehanna Folk Music Society concert at the Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, 5300 N. Front Street.

The event will be signed for the hearing impaired by Deb Maul. There is special pricing for families.

Concert tickets are $22 General Admission, $18 for SFMS members and $10 for students ages 3-22, with a $25 maximum admission for families (parent(s) and child(ren) age 22 or under). Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets online at or toll-free (800) 838-3006. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society website at

Below is some interesting information about The Murphy Beds

The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. They have performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Anais Mitchell, and Sam Amidon.

It was a deep love of all things traditional that brought The Murphy Beds together a few years ago, and the love of taking traditional sounds and making them relevant to listeners today that keeps the duo going strong.

The two musicians met in NYC in the Lower East Side when playing at traditional Irish sessions. They discovered that they had a mutual love for all different kinds of songs. They started getting together in their apartments; set up some microphones and recording what we were working on. That lead to their first CD which they called “The Murphy Beds”. Somehow the name of the CD got appendaged to their act, which Eamon said is very confusing when they tour in Ireland because there are no Murphy Beds in that country!

The duo reports that they spend a lot of time on the arrangements of the old songs. They may adjust the text so that it tells the story that they want to tell and they work on the instrumental arrangements and the harmony singing. In this way they “decorate” the old songs.

Eamon started playing Irish music while growing up in Dublin through his friendship with the Mayock family, traditional musicians from County Mayo. When he moved to New York City in the early 90’s, he immersed himself in the city’s traditional music scene and travelled widely, performing with many of the great players in Irish music. In 2004 he and fiddler Patrick Ourceau released the album Live at Mona’s. Eamon has taught at many traditional music programs in the US and also records and performs original music. His last solo record, Old Clump, was released in 2012.

Jefferson is a guitarist and singer based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, in addition to The Murphy Beds, he and songwriter Anais Mitchell released Child Ballads, a collection of new adaptations of English and Scottish folk songs which won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. His original songs are featured on the 2016 album Great Shakes by Cambridge, MA roots rock ensemble Session Americana. In the Oct. 2013 issue, Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, “A gifted guitarist and singer, Hamer is able to hit close harmonies… and weave gorgeous instrumental lines.”

For more information visit

Information for this story was also gathered from this webpage which also has some very nice recordings of the band:



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