Arranmore takes its name from an island off the Northwest coast of Donegal in Ireland. Although it started out as what can be best described as an Irish pub band, over the last 15 years the group evolved into what is better described as an Americana/Folk/Celtic music-influenced act.
The roots of the music Arranmore performs today certainly trace back to Ireland. But, they are also found in the hills of Appalachia, the early “dust bowls” of the American West, the long-ago weekend music that filled the Ryman Auditorium in Tennessee, as well as the gospel revival tents of America’s south.
The group Arranmore is, in the truest sense of the definition, a “musical melting pot”. Arranmore’s live performance bursts forth with all these elements to cover the wide base of music preference their audience brings to the show. The group enjoys this musical diversity and has long felt that by mixing all these music styles, they are in fact bringing awareness of their Irish roots to a much larger, broader-range audience.
Brian Murphy, leader of Arranmore, played with the Stage Left Overs in Woodstock and for Music at the Market, Sundays on the Square, 1st Wednesday Concert Series at Stage Left Cafe (formerly 4th Fridays), and Stage Left Open Mics.
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