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A word of appreciation for the "Sessions in the House" studio run by Joe and Donna Murray... This is the second album I've recorded here in Castledawson and both albums have been a sheer joy to make.


Joe Murray is a modest man... slowly and quietly spoken and very dryly funny... vastly talented, highly artistic and deeply rooted in music.
Joe married well to Donna, a kindred soul, earthy and warm of heart, similarly endowed in mind, spirit and ability, both of them lovers of life and inner beauty. Loved by all, and rightly so... kind to one another.
Theirs is a home for lost kittens, loyal dogs and wild birds and musicians.
‘An island in a cruel sea, a shelter from the rain..
An oasis in the desert, sometimes a refuge from the pain’
A portrait of life in the slow lane.... slow as in relaxed and pleasurable... what’s the hurry?

As the Scots say “ye cannae hurry a Murray”... they meant the famous mint of course... but Joe and Donna are ‘mint’ in a different more meaningful way.
Working with the Murrays is a joyful voyage of discovery and I’m eternally grateful for such a rare opportunity to find and express myself through music and song.