Described by the Times U.K. as a bassist who “plays with energy and a firm tone across the instrument’s full range”
24-year-old, Conor Murray grew up in rural County Donegal in
a musical family. He found a passion for jazz in his early teens and has been since the age of 16 by MOBO Award-nominated drummer David Lyttle. In 2015 he moved to Glasgow to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the direction of Tommy Smith and gained experience performing in many of Scotland’s jazz clubs with some of the country’s top musicians as a first call sideman as well as leading his own group.
Conor was a finalist 2017 and 2018 in the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year. Since graduating and returning to Ireland Conor has toured and performed over the past year extensively with the David Lyttle Trio in Ireland, Britain, Europe, Russia and Morocco, as well as as a sideman with Candian jazz guitarist Lucian Gray and the renowned New York pianist Michael Kanan. Conor has also performed regularly with his own group the Murray Brothers featuring renowned musicians such as U.K. pianist Jason Rebello, in his band.
Hailed as one of the rising stars and the best in the new generation of Irish jazz, he has attracted praise from The Times, All About Jazz and the Irish Times for his live performances, along with his brother Micheal Murray and their independent jazz festival, the Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival, which aims to bring the world’s best jazz artists to one of Ireland’s most remote and unspoilt rural villages, now in its third year.