The Destroyers would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the magnificent Paul Murphy who sadly passed away after being diagnosed with cancer last August. His radiant passion for life, music and people, alongside his warmth, wit and abundant creativity has touched and inspired so many of us.
Paul made a unique connection with audiences through his infectious energy, and erudite relevant songs, bringing audience and band together with his gift for storytelling like a wild, charismatic conjurer leaping around the stage in his fez.
For all the energy that fans saw from the stage it was doubled behind the scenes. Pre-show warm ups included the daily search for a swimming pool (sneaking into the odd hotel if necessary), exploring the surroundings looking for something interesting and locally relevant, and a last minute headstand to get things flowing! Post-gig Paul would often be chatting with fans late into the night. Paul gave his home for long Sunday band rehearsals (and assuaged the neighbours - thanks again!) and worked behind the scenes helping to promote the band.
Paul leaves behind a legacy as musician and songwriter, poet and storyteller, author, actor, activist, educator and as a champion of local artists through projects like the Songwriter's Cafe and C21vox. But he also leaves a legacy of inspiration and memories to his very many friends.
We feel proud and honoured to have been part of Paul's journey and for him to have been a part of ours.
with love and thanks