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Gary Murphy

Highly regarded as one of the finest guitarists in the UK, receiving several local and nationwide awards, Merseyside’s Gary Murphy has been performing throughout the UK and Europe as a solo artist and with his award winning band

About Gary

Highly regarded as one of the finest guitarists in the UK, receiving several local and nationwide awards, Merseyside’s Gary Murphy has been performing throughout the UK and Europe as a solo artist and with his award winning band..

Gary has written several albums of original material including the award winning ‘Here Comes the Rain’, and ‘Dangerous’. Gary’s performances offer a diverse style of guitar classics and own material, on both electric and acoustic guitar.

Gary has performed and produced many concerts which have been performed at the Liverpool Empire, Liverpool Philharmonic Theatre, Liverpool Echo Arena, Pacific Road Arts Theatre, Floral Pavilion Theatre, and Liverpool Epstein Theatre.

Gary Murphy had the honour of becoming an ambassador for The Guitar Festival in 2008. He has appeared on television many times promoting the guitar festival, performing with Focus’ Jan Ackerman and Albert Lee.

Gary has also performed guitar master classes at Liverpool’s Institution of Performing Arts (LIPA).

Gary Murphy is currently a resident artist in the World-Famous Cavern Club in Liverpool; and continues to perform regularly in venues throughout the UK including as a solo artist, with a live band, and in large scale productions including his Guitar Legends concerts which have been performed in theatres throughout the UK.

Artists Gary has worked with

Albert Lee (A Flock of Seagulls)
Albie Donnelly and Supercharge
Alternative Radio
Cannon & Ball
Carl Terry
Charlie Lansborough
China Crisis
Chrissy Rock
David Alexandra
Dave Berry and The Cruisers
Falons Flamingos
Frankie Connor / Ozy Yue (The Hideaways)
Frank Carson
Gary Brown
Gerry Marsden
Hotel UK
Ian McNabb
Ian Prowse
James Burton (Elvis)
Jan Ackerman (Focus)
Jim Bowen
Jimmy Tarbuck
Ken Dodd
Kenny Johnson
Kenny Lynch
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Liverpool Express
Liz McLarnon (Atomic Kitten)
Mel C (Spice Girls)
Michael Stark
Mick Miller
Micky Finn
Mike McCartney (The Scaffold)
Mike Pender & The Searchers
Northwind Casino
Pauline Daniels
Pete Best (The Beatles)
Pete Wylie
Phil Jones
Ray Ennis & The Swinging Blue Jeans
Richard Flieshman
Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac)
Ricky Tomlinson
Roy Chubby Brown
Roy Walker
Stan Boardman
Stevie Rix
Suzie Quattro
The Christians
The Merseybeats
The Undertakers
Tom O’Connor
Tony Christie
Up and Running
Vince Earl

Gary Murphy's Original Guitar Show

Performed by Gary and his multi-talented band, the story of guitar history is narrated by Gary Murphy along with imagery, giving an insight into the lives and songs of some of our best loved guitar legends including Chet Atkins, Hank Marvin (The Shadows), George Harrison (The Beatles), Brian May (Queen), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Lyndsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), Angus Young (AC/DC), and many more!

Guitar Legends highlights many different guitar styles including rock, pop, jazz and country and has something for all ages. Over 100 years of guitar history in one electrifying night!

The Ultimate Tribute to Gerry Marsden & The Swinging Sixties
Performed by Gary Murphy and his multi-talented band. I LIKE IT is the ultimate Swingin’ 60s show featuring 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 Swingin’ Blue Jeans, The Hollies and the Small Faces. Plus many more classic 60s hits and each show will feature an original Merseybeat special guest.
Merseyside’s finest musicians and comedians come together!

Hosted by TV personality Ricky Tomlinson with the hilarious comedian and BBC Radio Merseyside broadcaster Sean Styles and music from the multi-talented Gary Murphy Band.

Music & Laughter featuring special guests: Elvis Clayton as ‘The King’, 60’s legend Brian ‘Saxophone’ Jones, Clark Gilmour as ‘John Lennon’ plus singing sensation Jade Thunder. Music and Laughter features an eclectic mix of the regions best loved artists and guarantees a night of first-class entertainment. It is a show you will not want to miss!

The Ultimate Tribute to Mark Knopfler & Dire Straits

Dire Straits’ biggest selling album, Brothers in Arms, has sold over 30 million copies, and was the first album to sell a million copies on Compact Disc. They also became one of the world’s most commercially successful bands, with worldwide album sales of over 120 million. Dire Straits won numerous music awards during their career, including four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, and two MTV Video Music Awards.

The band’s most popular songs include “Sultans of Swing”, “Lady Writer”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Tunnel of Love”, “Telegraph Road”, “Private Investigations”, “Money for Nothing”, “Walk of Life”, “So Far Away”, “Your Latest Trick” and “Brothers in Arms”.
Liverpool’s Gary Murphy is widely recognised as one of the UK’s finest guitarists, and along with his fantastic band, they faithfully reproduce the unmistakable sound of Dire Straits.


Thursday 16th March 2023
A tribute to Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits
Cavern Club Live Lounge, Liverpool

Saturday 10 June 2023
Guitar Legends
Liverpool Epstein Theatre, Liverpool
Tel: 0344 736 0151

Tuesday 25th July 2023
I Like It – 60’s show
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
Tel: 01785 619080

Saturday 12th August 2023
Music & Laughter – with Special Guests Ricky Tomlinson and Sean Styles
Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton
Tel: 0151 666 0000

Friday 8th September 2023
I Like It – 60’s show
St Helens Theatre Royal, St. Helens
Tel: 01744 756 000

Friday 13th October 2023
Guitar Legends
The Brindley Theatre, Runcorn
Tel: 0151 907 8360

Thursday 26th October 2023
Guitar Legends
Waterside Theatre, Sale
Tel: 0161 912 5616

Thursday 23rd November 2023
Guitar Legends
Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton
Tel: 0151 666 0000


Gary released “On Merseyside (The Pool of Life)” EP in 2015. You can listen to it here or on iTunes/Apple Music now.

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