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A gig NOT to be missed - Murray and Greene in Moruya April 7th

Legendary Songwriter Neil Murry + Paul Greene will be performing live and intimate at the Mechanics Institute Hall, Moruya. Friday April 7th. Doors Open 7pm Tickets: $45 at the door or $40 prebooked online at Neil Murray first appeared in the early eighties as a founding member of the Warumpi Band, which over three albums (Big Name, No Blankets, Go Bush, Too Much Humbug) and twenty years of performing propelled contemporary indigenous music into mainstream Australia, yielding such classic songs as My Island Home, Blackfella Whitefella, Fitzroy Crossing, Jailanguru Pakarnu, Stompin Ground, From the Bush and Waru.

Neil has since become one of Australia’s most respected and influential singer/songwriters and has enjoyed a solo career since 1989. He has released twelve solo albums- "Calm & Crystal Clear", "These Hands", "Dust", "The Wondering Kind", "Going The Distance", "About Time" (a 2CD retrospective compilation) "Spoken", "2Songmen" (live with Shane Howard in Darwin) ,"Overnighter", "Witness", "Sing the Song- the essential Neil Murray", and his latest release "Bring Thunder & Rain".

While many are familiar with Neil Murray there is an ever growing following building for resident songwriter and muscian Paul Greene.

Paul Greene has a seemingly insatiable appetite for all things musical. At the ripe old age of 12 In the School holidays he was working in a Record Bar in his home town of Nowra on the South Coast, spending everything he made on what ever precious Vinyl he could afford. On the weekends his mum was driving him to gigs to front a local covers band. He has been making up songs for as long as he can remember, however it was much later that Greene came into his own as a songwriter. Zap to the present, and he is just about to release his 8th album through ABC Universal; The follow up to his ARIA nomination for best Blues and Roots album of 2012. He has produced albums for and collaborated with some of the countries most respected musicians like Rob Hirst (midnight Oil), James Blundell, Greg Arnold (things of stone & Wood), and toured with the Who's Who of international songwriters including grammy nominees Ani Difranco, Alvin 'Youngblood Hart' and Patty Griffin. It was an interesting path that lead Paul to find his place in the world as the respected songwriter and a successful musician he is today. This path would see him tour the world by the age of 15 - Not for Music, (although he always had his guitar close at hand) but to compete internationally in track and field. After devoting himself to his sport, Paul eventually represent Australia at the 1996 Olympic games in the 400m and the 4 x 400m relay and ranked no 38 in the world that year. Many of his State and National Track & Field records still stand today. Greene took a Track and Field scholarship to the University of Southern California where he Immersed himself in the study of writing and making music. As well as working for the USC radio station, Paul performed in a college band 'Henrys Guests' that built a huge following in LA and would perform at the ledgendary Whisky A Go-Go where such artist as The Doors, Lead Zeplin, Frank Zappa, and Guns & Roses had their Humble beginnings. In fact, it was a conversation with Ben Harper in Guitar World on The Sunset Strip about a ring Greene wore with a diamond on the inside that inspired Harpers most massive international hit to date. Despite all this, Greene likes to keep a low profile. He remained staunchly independent until his collaboration with ABC in 2011 which is Australia's largest and Oldest independent record label. With a belief in the power of community, Greene has toured relentlessly and always prided himself on keeping it real and working at a grass roots level, trailblazing the way for other artists to follow. When you see Paul performing live It is undeniable that 'there is a remarkably special spark about him' (Peter Fitzgerald - The Australian). He has been compared by critics as one of the best emerging Songwriters this country has to offer, and the likes of Neil Finn, Jack Johnson, and Paul Simon. Yet he is always looking for a way to do it better, rather than gloating about his success.

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