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Deirdre Murphy

Alternative // Dublin 7, Dublin // she/her

Interdisciplinary artist and musician Deirdre Murphy is a force to be reckoned with in the world of music and performance, creating a unique form of gig theatre - a rich tapestry of songs, contemporary movement improvisation, and sci-fi spoken word.

Her work has been featured on RTE Radio One’s playlists and showcased on notable shows such as Ronan Collins and John Creedon. With more than 65 radio stations worldwide playing her music, Deirdre's eclectic style - physical, spiritual, and musical - is leaving an indelible mark on the global music scene. Her debut album Matriotism is out February 2nd 2024.

As an artist who seamlessly integrates music, dance, theatre, and activism, Deirdre Murphy's creative journey is a testament to her commitment to artistic expression and social change. Her past achievements, including the circus musical "Capitalism: The Musical," highlight her dedication to pushing boundaries and engaging audiences on a profound level.

Deirdre grew up in rural Alaska with a profound connection to nature, and lived and travelled throughout the US before moving to Ireland. She is the creator of many original works of music, dance, theatre, circus, and performance art. The circus musical Capitalism: The Musical (2017) is a witty, catchy and profound commentary on the most important issue of our times. The musical toured Ireland and Italy to sold out houses and has been translated into Italian. Her first album Matriotism is due out February 2nd 2024.

Deirdre's first passion lies in dance and the body, and she is a life long student and teacher of many physical techniques including yoga and acroyoga, animal movement, handstanding, ballet, etc. She plays guitar and ukulele and uses a loop station, and writes and performs spoken word vignettes. She has written more than 60 songs, and is known for the poetry and wordplay of her lyrics. She has worked as an aerialist, stands on her hands, taught acrobatics internationally at circus festivals and workshops, and has designed costumes and sound for theatre. She makes her own merchandise, and draws inspiration from the Sheela na Gig icon found carved into stone all over Ireland - a symbol of women's generative power. Her work has toured and performed in Canada, Germany, Italy, the UK and throughout the USA.
Through her creative practice, Deirdre aspires to present the ideal of each individual’s right to the very highest level of human rights - while engaging in comical mishaps, awkward timing etc.