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"Playing traditional acoustic music
in and around Darwin Australia
for more than thirty years."
Top End Folk Club Incorporated
PO Box 41551
Casuarina Northern Territory Australia 0811
www.topendfolkclub.org
ABN 20 835 317 702

Murfi agus a cháirde

Irish / Aussie Bush-Band

Established Darwin NT 2000

Murphy and friends are:

  • Sarena Wegener - flute
  • Caroline McNair - fiddle
  • Glenn Bellis - guitar and vocals
  • John 'Canadian John' Emsley - bass guitar
  • Kay Robins - vocals
  • Ben Boekema - vocals
  • Martin Goreing - lagerphone, bodhrán and vocals
  • Mara Dobrini - dance caller
  • and many guests and friends of friends of Murphy over the years...

We play weddings parties anything...

2002

Graeme 'Cowboy' Harte, Martin Goreing, Peter 'Mac' Marron,
Buz Culletin, Mic Travers and Marian Corbett

 

2004

Serena Wegener and Caroline McNair became Murphies...

 

2006

Martin Goreing (percussion & vocals), Serena Wegener (flute), Caroline McNair (fiddle),
Glenn Bellis (guitar & vocals), 'Canadian John' Emsley (bass & vocals)

Click here for more photographs of Murphy and friends

Gigs

  • School bush-dances at most primary schools around Darwin
  • Weekly sessions every Thursday evening, Dolly O'Reilly's Irish Pub Leanyer (two years)
  • 30th & 32nd Top Half Festival Mary River Park June 2000, 2002
  • Friends of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra Dinner 2001
  • Bruce Watson Live at the Rock Concert
  • Deck Chair Cinema Amnesty International Benefit
  • Nightcliff Sunday Markets
  • Jesse's Wish Youth Suicide Prevention benefit, Casuarina Reserve
  • Darwin Entertainment Centre as Part of Top End Folk Club Big Band November
  • Marrara Stadium John Farnham Roving Support Act
  • The Rock, Doctors Gully
  • Raintree Park and Smith Street Mall - monthly residency
  • Darwin Sailing Club - monthly residency
  • Dinah Beach Yatch Club
  • Mindil Beach Markets Ampitheatre
  • Trailer Boat Club
  • Top End Hotel - Toe Sucking Cowgirls Support
  • Live to air on Radio Larakeya, 94.5 FM
  • plus many school, community and charity bush dances, fairs and wandering minstrel performances.

 

Mara Dobrini

Mother of four girls and Primary teacher at Leanyer Primary School.
She loves dancing.

In her busy working and being a mother week she also does: International folk dancing, Playford, Scottish Country, Highland, Scottish Step (or Cape Brereton) and Irish dancing.

Mara teaches folk dancing to children under 8's on Monday and under 12's on Tuesday lunchtimes at Leanyer Primary.  Both dance groups have performed at the Eisteddfod and for various functions.


Sarena Wegener
 
orchestral flute player

Musical achievements
Member of Darwin Symphony Orchestra
Member of Darwin Chamber Orchestra
3rd year uni student of Bachelor of music
favourite type of music - Irish and classical

Other musical activities
member of adult training orchestra
member of wind ensemble
flute, oboe and mandolin

 

Caroline McNair

Caroline has been playing the violin for over ten years, and is recently received her Bachelor of Music with the Charles Darwin University, majoring in Classical violin under the expert guidance of Martin Jarvis. Caroline is also a violinist with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, the CDU Chamber Orchestra and has recently performed with a small orchestra for the Darwin production of Les Miserables.
Caroline also tutors beginner violin for the Centre for Youth Music at NTU.
Born in Scotland, she enjoys playing folk fiddle with the Top End Folk Club and Murphy and Friends in her spare time.

 

Glenn Bellis

Glenn started playing guitar in High School, but quickly learned that guitarists were expected to sing as well. Apart from the odd solo gig while living in Townsville, he didn't perform regularly until arriving in Darwin where he spent 12 years singing with local a capella groups Trebles without Accord and Mixed 4 Tunes.  A not-so-regular participant in Top End Folk Club gigs, he played guitar in the local production of Reedy River in 2004.

Glenn joined Murphy and Friends in 2003 where he tries to keep up with the furious jigs of Sarena and Caroline, sings the odd song and provides some harmony backup vocals.