Multi-talented guitarist and songwriter Gary Murphy is taking two of his acclaimed and hugely popular live shows to audiences across the Northwest.
The award-winning musician, regarded as one of the finest guitarists in the UK, will be accompanied by his own Gary Murphy Band for a series of dates between June and November as he presents a pair of stunning shows, Guitar Legends and I Like It – The Ultimate Tribute to Gerry Marsden and the Swinging Sixties.
The series of live dates opens with Guitar Legends which comes to Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre on Saturday 10 June.
Performed by Gary – who plays 20 signature instruments during the evening – and his multi-talented band, the story of guitar history is narrated by broadcasting legend Billy Butler who gives an insight into the lives and songs of some of our best-loved guitar legends including Chet Atkins, Hank Marvin, George Harrison, Brian May, Mark Knopfler, Joe Walsh of The Eagles, Lyndsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC’s Angus Young and many more.
The evening also features guest appearances from Brian ‘Saxophone’ Jones of Merseybeat stars The Undertakers, rock vocalist Gary Brown and singing sensation Jade Thunder, and is presented with digital imaging and spectacular lighting design.
Guitar Legends also comes to The Brindley in Runcorn on Friday 13 October, the Waterside Theatre in Sale on Thursday 26 October and New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion on Thursday 23 November.
Meanwhile, I Like It – the Ultimate Tribute to Gerry Marsden and the Swinging Sixties will tour to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Tuesday 25 July, the Epstein Theatre on Saturday 2 September, and St Helens Theatre Royal on Friday 8 September.
I Like It features the greatest hits of Gerry & The Pacemakers, including Ferry Cross the Mersey, How Do You Do It, You’ll Never Walk Alone and of course, I Like It, along with hit songs from The Beatles, Paul McCartney, The Searchers, The Merseybeats, The SwingingBlue Jeans, The Hollies and Small Faces, plus many more classic Sixties songs.
The show will be presented by Billy Butler, who was resident DJ at the Cavern, and will feature the Rocking 60s band with drummer George Roberts of Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders.
Gary Murphy is one of the country’s finest guitarists and performs throughout the UK and Europe both as a solo artist and with the award-winning Gary Murphy Band. His performances offer a diverse style of guitar classics and his own material performed on both electric and acoustic instruments.
He has written several albums of original songs including the award-winning Here Comes the Rain and Dangerous and is currently a resident artist at Liverpool’s world-famous Cavern Club.
He is also an ambassador of the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain and has worked with many leading musicians and singers including Albert Lee, Jan Akkerman, James Burton, Suzy Quatro, Mel C, Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac), The Christians, China Crisis, Billy Kinsley (Liverpool Express), Mike Pender (The Searchers), Tony Crane (The Merseybeats), Flock Of Seagulls, Pete Wiley (Mighty Wah), Tony Christie, Liz McLarnon (Atomic Kitten), Gerry Marsden (The Pacemakers), Ray Ennis (The Swinging Blue Jeans) and Charlie Landsborough.
Gary Murphy said, “I’m very excited to be touring two of my stage shows this year; Guitar Legends – the history of the guitar show, and also my Sixties tribute show called I Like It.
“Guitar Legends gives an insight into the lives and work of the greatest guitarists of all time, featuring more than 100 years of guitar music in one electrifying night and all genres from jazz and blues to pop, rock ‘n’ roll and classical.
“The guitar is a unique instrument, and its popularity is as strong today as it was when it was first conceived over a century ago. Where music and production progresses in the future, who knows? But one thing is for certain – there will always be a guitar legend.
“Meanwhile many great things came from the Sixties – we even put a man on the moon. But for me it was all about the music, and that music is still in the heart of Merseyside today, 60 years on.
“I’ve been fortunate to have worked with a lot of the original Sixties legends over the years and I was a close friend of the late, great Gerry Marsden. I Like It is named in memory of the Pacemakers’ first hit single which was released 60 years ago in 1963.”
Find out more about Gary Murphy on his website: https://garymurphy.rocks/