Murfitt & Main (BC)
Heartbreak, honky-tonks, whiskey, unions, religion, the Canadian terrain, and the Berlin wall are all fair game in the songs of Warren Murfitt and Kate Main. Alongside their sterling backup band, they plumb the depths of country, bluegrass, Americana, and western swing, playing home-made songs steeped in the living tradition of roots music.
Murfitt and Main’s original songs possess a clarity rooted in the musical traditions of rural North America, but with a contemporary voice. Sweet vocal harmonies draw listeners in, adding that high lonesome country sound to the mix.
They formed the band through years of road trips and picking parties, at bluegrass and country jams. They found a niche in beautiful harmonies and sterling songwriting, and developed their audience the old-time and oft-hard way – by playing far and wide and jamming, and developing their songs in front of crowds both large and small. Their 2nd recording “Rust and Bone” received accolades and airplay, and they’re hard at work on #3.
As a note of interest, in his spare time, Murfitt is an accomplished luthier and furniture maker whose guitars are well-known – and are sought after and applauded by musicians such as Paul Pigat.
Comprising the core of the band are the two songsmiths Warren Murfitt (guitar and vocals), and Kate Main (upright bass and vocals). Other musicians who add their considerable musical talents on frequent occasion are: Chris Dawson-Murphy (banjo, guitar and vocals) and Matt Kennedy (mandolin and vocals).