Instructor: Blue Murphy


After discovering music through hippy drum circles and teaching himself how to play Shakuhachi flute, Blue Murphy decided he wanted to play music professionally as a young adult. He chose bass as his vehicle and began learning the music of his childhood. After starting out with the folk-rock band, Rivendell, he transitioned to upright bass and started playing for Contra dances. This led to a ten-year partnership with the band Ten Penny Bit, playing Irish and old-time music and touring regionally.
Blue began jamming regularly and has played with many bluegrass bands, including the The River City Rounders and The Rent-to-Own Boys. He has played Country and Honky-Tonk with Johnny Berry and Friends and Swing music with The Hot Club of Derbytown. Blue was also honored to be in the house band for the radio show Woodsongs at the same time as Ben Sollee.
Twenty-five years after picking up the bass, Blue is ready to share some of the things he wishes he knew starting out.

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