P.J. Murrihy is an Irish singer- song writer from Mullagh, Co. Clare. He came to national prominence in the late 1980’s with a song called Pat Murphy’s Meadow which remained in the top 30 Irish Charts for eight weeks.
Other memorable songs recorded by P.J. include; My Father’s House, The Old Trashing Mill, ‘Should I Fall Behind’ (duet with Isla Grant) and The Land of the Gael.
One of P.J’s most successful recordings is his own composition, ‘There’s Life in the Auld Dog Yet’. He is joined on this recording by Brendan Shine, Conal Gallen, Johnny Carroll, Seamus Moore, Seamus Shannon and Donncha O Duailing of RTÉ.
In May 2013 P.J. was honoured to sing his own composition, ‘The West Clare Famine’ song for President Higgins at the National Famine Commemorations. P.J. has been a firm favourite on cruise ship holidays and Irish festivals in Europe and the UK, as well as continuing to draw in the crowds at all popular dancing venues at home in Ireland.
In March, 2014, P.J. was awarded ‘Best Original Song’ for ‘Drawing Little Men in the Ashes’ by Irish County Sound of the Irish Farmer’s Journal. The success of this song was followed by another original song written by P.J. called ‘Soldier On’ (Sell the pig).
To date songs written by P.J. have been recorded by a number of prominent artists including, Big Tom, Daniel O’ Donnell, Foster and Allen, Michael English, Brendan Shine, Margo, Declan Nerney and Patrick Feeney.
P.J.’s latest album, ‘Childhood Memories’ is a collection of songs both old and new which is quickly proving a firm favourite with audiences nationwide. This concert features the dynamic pairing of P.J. with renowned accordion player, Seamus Shannon from County Roscommon.