What people say about us

James Mc Keefry
Celtic Fringe
BBC Radio in the East Midlands
Midlands Irish Music Festival
Journalist Irish Post

Both as producers and presenters of the Celtic Fringe on BBC in the East Midlands for the past thirteen years and as organisers of the Midlands Irish Music Festival my wife Tina and I have had our fingers on the pulse of Irish and Country music in the Midlands of England for over thirty years. Add to this the fact that as a musical family who have been performing as a family band and with other musicians for nearly forty years we have met and enjoyed the very best of musicians and entertainers in the world of Irish and Country music.

So whenever we decide to re-book a band time and time again for our Festivals and music functions you can be assured that the band in question is in our opinion “Top of the Irish Music Pops.” Big Kev and the band first came to our attention with the arrival of their album Another Angle and from their first performance at the Midlands Irish Music Festival the reaction of our audience confirmed what we already knew – with Murphy’s Marbles we were on to an absolute winner of an act. Kevin and his band have performed at several of our functions, played live in the Celtic Fringe studios and I personally have endorsed them on numerous occasions when asked by listeners and readers for recommendations.

Murphy’s Marbles not only believe in the music they produce and compose but they carry with them on to their stage an infectious enthusiasm that results in encore after encore. To see Murphy’s Marbles is to experience Irish music as it should be performed – with humour, vitality, tradition and when required pathos but at the same time Murphy’s Marbles reinvent each song or tune as each band member has an individual input that injects a fresh approach to well tried and tested tracks.

The song writing skills of the band are also evident with their ability to write a new song with that much needed traditional feel of Irish folk music. If all of this doesn’t convince you to watch Murphy’s Marbles perform then the acid test must be the fact that we are willing to put our hard earned money where our belief in musicians lies and happily lift the phone and once again ask Kevin to get his diary out for another booking at the McKeefrey Irish Music Festival. Try looking up Murphy’s Marbles in the Oxford Dictionary. It reads; Murphy’s Marbles – Music Makers. Only joking it doesn’t say that but it should!

Sean Cannon (The Dubliners)

A pleasure to work with and great entertainers

Tony Lee (Operations Manager, York Racecourse)

Great band, great music and terrific crowd pleasers. A most welcome fixture on our race days.



Laura Wearn

Marketing Manager, Ascot Racecourse

‘Murphy’s Marbles performed at Ascot Racecourse at 2 consecutive race meetings in November. Their professionalism and enthusiasm was fantastic and their music was warmly embraced by racegoers who thoroughly enjoyed the Irish theme as a back drop to their day at the races. I have no hesitation in recommending them to other venues.’


Peter R McNeile

Commercial Manager, Cheltenham Racecourse

Murphy’s Marbles has played in the popular Guinness Village at Cheltenham’s National Hunt Festival since 2003. During that time, I have found the band innovative, stirring and great entertainers. Their particular brand of Celtic music fits the profile of the customers in the environment perfectly, and they are excellent manipulators of a crowd already energized by the prospect of top quality racing to come.

Conscientious and with good attention to detail, the Marbles are a pleasure to work with, and I look forward to welcoming them back on numerous other occasions.


This was the biggest and best Picnic in the Park to date with over
10,000 people attending. The weather was good, and the day started with a
street procession before the main stage performances commenced. This event
is an annual event organised by North West Leicestershire District Council's
Community Services.

Our line up included the incredible Celtic Band Murphys Marbles
headed by Kevin Sauntry. They provided entertainment to suit all tastes and
ages. The audience was captivated by the outstanding professionalism and
dynamism of the band members together with the female vocalist who took your
breath away with 'Danny Boy' – you need to hear it to believe it. The
applause said it all. They also perform their own material to much acclaim

If you enjoy Irish Music,make a note of this band and get to see them at your earliest opportunity.
You will not be disappointed.

For more information you can email: angela.bexton@nwleicestershire.gov.uk or
telephone 012530 454603.

Angela Bexton