Murray’s back in town

Neil Murray returns to Broken Hill this month. Picture: Supplied

Musician Neil Murray will return to Broken Hill to perform a live show for locals this month.

After two decades, the singer-songwriter has booked a gig at the Palace Hotel on February 26.

The country/rock artist said he couldn’t wait to arrive back in the Silver City.

“Some towns are iconic, and Broken Hill is one those towns you want to play in,” Murray said. “I enjoy playing in regional areas.

“There’s a close connection to the land, and I like to tap into that and hear their stories – I find it inspirational.”

He was a founding member of the Warumpi Band, the first major influential Aboriginal rock group with mostly Indigenous members.

The show is part of his ‘Keep Rollin On’ tour and will feature songs from his catalogue, including tracks off his recent album Blood and Longing.

His last local show was in the ’90s, and he is looking forward to rocking out in a new venue for an audience he hopes will have a mix of ages.

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“I haven’t played in the Palace (Hotel) before, but people recommended it,” Murray said.

“I will play for anyone, and I want a bit of a cross-section.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, gigs and live shows have suffered because of restrictions and lockdowns.

Murray believes the arts and entertainment industries do not receive enough credit for their role in people’s lives.

“To get out and hear music is very important,” he said. “I hope people feel more comfortable about going out.

“I think the arts are important for people to come together after lockdown for healing and recreation.”

After some time away from the stage due to public health orders, the showman is excited to get back to doing what he loves.

Murray stated goers could expect a raw and intimate performance with various songs.

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Local singer-songwriter Leroy Johnson will open the show at 8.30 pm before the headline performance.

Presale tickets are available at www.trybooking.com

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