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Neil Murray
Neil Murray

NEIL MURRAY first appeared in the early eighties as a founding member of the Warumpi Band, which over three albums (Big Name, No Blankets, Go Bush, Too Much Humbug) and twenty years of performing propelled contemporary indigenous music into mainstream Australia, yielding such classic songs as My Island Home, Blackfella Whitefella, Fitzroy Crossing, Jailanguru Pakarnu, Stompin Ground, From the Bush and Waru.

Neil has since become one of Australia’s most respected and influential singer/songwriters and has enjoyed a solo career since 1989 and has released 13 solo albums.

Neil’s song writing is diverse - from the rollicking "Good Light in Broome", to the environmental urgency of “Burning land” to the prayerful "Native Born", the roots groove of "Long Grass Band", the endurance of love in "Over the Moon", the journeyman monologues of "Lights of Hay" and "Where my people go", the reflection on mortality in "High On a Hill", and the contemplation of place in "Burrumbeep Hill" and "Tjapwurrung Country".

Neil's work collectively describes an inner landscape to the heart of the nation - a journey which has done much to deepen and strengthen Australia’s contemporary musical heritage.

Those who have read his novel "Sing for me Countryman" (regarded as an Australian classic) or poetry book "One Man Tribe", or listened to his spoken word CD - "Spoken" or seen his play "King For This Place" or read his song lyrics in the published book "Native Born" would know of his affinity for the land and respect for indigenous culture.

Neil's songs have been recorded by Mary Black, Jimmy Little, Missy Higgins, Christne Anu, Peter Denahy, Adam Brand, Amy Saunders, Powderfinger, The Tiddas, Ursula Yovich, Peter Brandy and the Warumpi Band.

Neil performs regularly at festivals and live music venues in Australia and overseas. 
Neil's albums are available at performances and iTunes.

Neil MurrayPhoto by Ferne Millen

Awarded the APRA song of the year for My Island Home originally written for the Warumpi Band and re-recorded by Christine Anu
My Island Home had become something of an unofficial anthem and featured in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics
Received a Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority Environmental Achievement Award for instigating Healing Walks along watercourses in the region, and being the inspiration behind the establishment of the annual Lake Bolac Eel festival
Jailanguru Pakarnu- (Out From Jail) a song Neil co-wrote with Warumpi Band guitarist Sammy Butcher in the indigenous Luritja language, was honoured by the National Film And Sound Archives, Sounds Of Australia series, as a significant recording in Australia’s heritage
My Island Home, Neil's iconic song was published as a children’s book by One Day Hill
Blackfella Whitefella, Neil's landmark song was published as a children's book by One Day Hill
My Island Home, as recorded by Christine Anu, honoured by the National Film And Sound Archives, Sounds Of Australia series as a significant recording in Australia’s heritage
Awarded the Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist of the Year in recognition of his influence