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Neil Murray

Neil Murray first appeared in the early eighties as a founding member of the groundbreaking Warumpi Band, which over three albums (Big Name, No Blankets, Go Bush, Too Much Humbug) and twenty years of performing helped to make contemporary indigenous music heard in mainstream Australia and yielded such classic songs as My Island Home, and Blackfella Whitefella.
Neil Murray has since become one of Australia's most original and respected singer/songwriters and has enjoyed a solo career since 1989.
He has released ten albums - "Calm & Crystal Clear", "These Hands", "Dust", "The Wondering Kind"," Going The Distance", "About Time" (a 2CD retrospective compilation) "Spoken", "2Songmen" (live with Shane Howard in Darwin), "Overnighter" and the latest "Witness". Neil Murray's song writing palette is vast - from the rollicking "Good Light in Broome", to the latest 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.
His work collectively describes an inner landscape to the heart and soul of Australia. 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 recently published "Native Born" would know of his affinity for the land and respect for indigenous culture.
In 1995, Neil Murray was 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" has become something of an unofficial anthem and featured in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. In 2005 Neil Murray received an environmental achievement award by the Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority in western Victoria for his efforts in instigating "Healing Walks" along watercourses in the region and for being the inspiration behind establishment of the annual Lake Bolac Eel festival.
In 2007, Jailanguru Pakarnu- (Out From Jail) a song he co-wrote in the indigenous Luritja language-with fellow Warumpi Band co-founder Sammy Butcher was honoured by the National Film And Sound archives- "Sounds Of Australia" series- as a significant recording in Australia's musical heritage. Neil Murray performs regularly at festivals and live music venues in Australia and overseas. Neil Murray's albums are out through ABC Music.

Release
Music can change lives. For almost 20 years, the Hush Foundation has been working with renowned Australian artists to create music of joy and calm – originally to support children in hospital, and now enjoyed everywhere from concert halls to living rooms. In this latest offering from the Hush series, pianist Tony Gould and guitarist Peter Petrucci present music that can bring optimism even in the toughest times.The Hush Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of physician Professor Catherine Crock AM, transforms the healthcare experience for patients, families and staff through music and the performing arts. It has produced 17 albums, bringing some of Australia’s finest performers and composers together in collaborative partnerships that engage with the lived experience of people in the health system and other stressful environments. Hush albums are played not only in hospitals, but also in aged care, palliative care and childcare facilities to reduce stress and anxiety. Community and international orchestras also play music composed for Hush. In 2014, Hush’s contribution to Australian music was acknowledged with the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence.Gathering of Kindness recognises the power of the small acts of kindness and respect that build trust and create a sense of safety and security in difficult and challenging situations. ‘When we ask patients, their families and those working in healthcare “What matters to you?”’ says Professor Crock, ‘the single word at the top of the list is kindness.’Tony Gould and Peter Petrucci wrote the music on this album with the Hush ‘family’ firmly in mind. ‘We hope they serve at least one of music’s purposes in life, and that is to help calm our fellow humans in times when things aren’t going so well. Music can do this superbly. It can also give us joy, can foster kindness and a sense that, ultimately, everything will be all right.’ This latest album has been named after the healthcare events Hush has hosted since 2016. The Gathering of Kindness bring people working in health and aged care together to talk about ways kindness can flourish in their organisations and services. These events are being hosted throughout November at metro, regional and rural healthcare organisations across Victoria, and include live performances of Hush plays and music, healthcare book launches and panels, narrative and a range of self-care workshops, as well as updates on new research being undertaken. Hush is also hosting a ticketed event at KPMG in Melbourne on Thursday 14 November.›Pianist / composer / critic / author / academic / educator Tony Gould has been involved in music in Australia for over half a century. A prolific performer, composer and recording artist across several musical genres of art music, Tony has composed and performed alongside other renowned musicians Australia-wide and internationally. His numerous accolades include membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to music.Peter Petrucci is one of Australia’s leading jazz guitarists, recognised for his virtuosity and lyricism in improvisations and artful compositions. He has released eight albums – the latest, They Know That We Know, in August 2019. Peter has performed locally and internationally supporting distinguished musicians and has appeared at numerous international jazz festivals, in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta, Stonnington and Queensland Jazz Festivals. TRACKLISTING 1 All Things Good2 Anthem3 Calm4 Autumn Lullaby5 Quiet6 Spring Town7 It’s Up to You8 A Little Folk Song9 Essence10 Truth and Beauty11 The Softness of Air12 The Smile Peter Petrucci guitar – Tony Gould piano Tks 1-3, 5, 8, 10-12 composed by Tony Gould.Tks 4, 6, 7 and 9 composed by Peter Petrucci.