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Category: Robbie Murphy

Robbie Murphy, Bert Jansch, Phil Ochs

To follow on from my last post, here are two songs as a tribute to Robert.

The first is ‘High Days’ from Bert Jansch’s last album, ‘The Black Swan’:

The second is Phil Ochs’ great song, ‘When I’m Gone’

Robbie Murphy, John Martyn, One World, Kevin Hewick

A few tracks from Robbie Murphy, who passed away recently:


I knew Robbie (or ‘Robert’ as I knew him_ in Ireland in the 1970s/80s and although we drifted out of contact over the years, I have very fond memories of him from that time.

I have particularly fond memories of a few days that Robert stayed with me in the West of Ireland in the mid-80s. He had been busking his way around the country and had eventually got passed the Shannon. We had several late night drinking sessions, after which we went back to where I was staying and had long conversations (as was Robert’s wont) about life, the universe and everything. What stood out for me at that time was Robert’s warmth, empathy and wit…

We were both big fans of John Martyn’s music at the time and I remember Robbie’s favourite song of his being “One World’. Every time I hear it from now on, it will bring back memories of his gentle, generous and idealistic spirit…

Would also add that, apart from his own music, Robert (as I knew him) also produced a number of albums by local musicians in Leicester – most notably, perhaps, Kevin Hewick’s fine album, Doomcloud, which can be downloaded from here: