Kimberley calling for Neil Murray

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One of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters has ventured on a solo tour of the Kimberley and is set to wow the crowd in Broome.

Co-founder of the legendary Warumpi Band, Neil Murray, will be performing at the Broome Convention Centre on Friday July 6 in the second stop of his Kimberley tour.

Murray previously performed two shows at Kooljaman at Cape Leveque on the Dampier Peninsula and will also perform at the Derby Boab Festival on Saturday July 7 and at the Kununurra Ag Show on Friday July 13.

The Victoria-based musician said the Kimberley is one of his favourite places in Australia and likes to travel through the region as much as possible.

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“I’ve mostly been playing to the tourists at this stage of the tour,” he said.

“I’m definitely looking to performing in Broome to a few more locals as well before moving on to Derby and Kununurra.”

“From there I will be touring the Northern Territory.”

“I’m not much of a tourist since I’ve been to Broome before but it’s nice to have a change of scenery.”

“I also enjoy locals showing me around the towns so I can really get to know the place.”

Murray is currently working on a new album and looks to release it in 2019.

“I’m recording in Melbourne at the moment and once this tour is finished I’ll be getting back onto it,” he said.

“People who have followed my career will find a similar sound with songs about country.”

“I’m also working on a project with Sammy Butcher, a fellow Warumpi Band member, and it has been a long process.”

“We’ve been recording in Alice Springs and we’re looking forward to the next stage after five years of writing and recording.”

One of Murray’s most iconic creations ‘My Island Home’ was also featured at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast earlier this year.

Murray said it was a honour having ‘My Island Home’ remain in Australian culture for such a long time.

“It’s almost like one of your kids has gone off and won a gold medal somewhere but you don’t love that kid more than your other kids,” he said.

“There’s even various forms of the song out there, even one in Arnhem Land that’s performed in the Indigenous language over there.”

“The song kind of has its own life now.”

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