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Paul Murphy: an appreciation by Robin Valk (29/01/2016)

Paul Murphy: an appreciation by Robin Valk (29/01/2016)

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The Destroyers and Paul Murphy.

Paul Murphy was a whirlwind of creativity, who, for generations, gave of himself in the creative circles of Birmingham. One-time lead singer of the Destroyers, organiser of the legendary Songwriters Cafes and so much more, he has left a huge legacy. Robin Valk, who worked with him on the second Songwriters Cafe series, presented this short appreciation on the day Paul's family announced his passing.


Shane Rawlins

I have had my fingers in my ears for months regarding social media - basically fed up with it.
Yet today April 19 I read this news. I cannot speak regarding this information.
Paul put me on at the Factotum & Firkin up Bennets Hill on a Sunday - then some years later also put a band on I was with at the Slurping Toad (opp old Locarno) ....Im devasted, and embarrassed at my personal ignorance.

I was always agasht with his gusto at giving someone a chance, I have a c60 cassette somewhere with his in between artist ramblings....Weve lost a treasure.. Im so sorry.. x

Dharmendra Parmar

Thank you Robin, good to hear inspiring meister at work! Brilliant

Sorin O. Rusu

Sad, sad, sad when a friend is gown so far away without an address ...

Lenny Marlow

Thank you Robin, I have recently (re)met Paul, although our paths have touched in the past, not least back in the Big Ear's days. My recent time with him has actually discovered a person just as you describe him, so this is a fitting tribute

Neil Law
Neil Law

Quality human being. The last time I met him was many years ago, but from the first (about 1982 , BCA, Small Heath) he was always someone with a strong sense of justice, whilst being at the same time, easy going and business like. He made things happen.

Andrew Nickson

Thanks for this tribute to a great man.

Pete Hartley


Nic Treadwell

Thanks for this Robin. It's a lovely tribute.


A lovely tribute an excellent listen Robin.


Just brilliant Robin. Thank you.