by Jaclyn Killins
Early one morning Andrew Murray was asleep and dreaming. In his dream, he and drummer Eli MacDougall were on Victoria Row listening to the band Wilco play a show. When he awoke, he realized the song they were playing didn’t belong to them it belonged to his subconscious, so he wrote it down and created his song “I’m ruined.”
Eighteen-year-old Murray, from Tracadie Cross, writes a lot of songs this way, capturing inspiration in the groggy, crusty-eyed moments after waking up. “This morning I woke up and I was cold, so I wrote a song,” he said.
Murray’s band consists of drummer Eli MacDougall and bassist Brien McCarthy, who are members of the band Annapilla. Murray plays guitar and harmonica and sings, while MacDougall sings back up. Meaghan Blanchard joined the band in the recording studio lending her voice to the song “Thank You Doctor” on Murray’s recently released EP, An Evening in Snow.
Murray’s songs are whimsical and thought provoking. The band describes their sound as folky pop/rock. “Fock pop,” McCarthy, the band grumbler, joked.
This Thanksgiving Murray’s family got a special treat when his song, “I don’t know what to prove,” played on the radio during dinner. “All of my family was there and they were making it more of a big deal than it was,” Murray admitted.
A musician from Winnipeg, who recently shared the bill with Murray, came to him after the show and complimented him on the quality and structure of his material. “She was most impressed with the quality of the song writing for how old you are,” MacDougall pointed out to Murray.
Flattered as he is, Murray shrugs off compliments because he thinks people are more apt to encourage him because of his age. “People might be more impressed with me being young than they would if I was 25,” he said.
Murray, who has been playing in bars since he was 15, looks forward to turning 19 so he can play anywhere he wants and go watch other bands. He vows to become a mainstay at Island music venues and looks forward most to meeting other musicians.
Recording the EP with Dave Skinner was a blast for Murray. He plans to start working on another when it sells out. The band performed an EP release show at Baba’s on Oct 27 with Pat Deighan and the Orb Weavers.