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Orla Murphy Band

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Orla Murphy Band

Orla has been performing on the London jazz scene over the last few years, in many notable jazz and music venues throughout the city, such as: The National Portrait Gallery, The Spice of Life, The National Theatre Foyer, and The Octave. She has worked and recorded with many of London's leading jazz musicians such as: Simon Wallace, Jonathan Gee, Barry Green, Julie Walkington, Amy Baldwin, and Winston Clifford, to name a few.

Although mainly performing jazz from her vast repertoire, her voice is equipped with the versatility to sing soul gems and pop classics; as well as her own unique interpretations of songs made famous by some of her favourite singer/songwriters, such as Joni Mitchell. One of her primary idols is Stevie Wonder, and her interpretation of his classic 'Make Sure Your Sure' from her debut album 'Wishful Thinking' (2008), is testament to her adventurous approach to jazz.

She has also performed throughout the UK, in Italy, Ireland and Scotland, with memorable performances at the Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival in Northern Ireland (May '07), the Glasgow International Jazz Festival (June '07) and Swansea Jazzland, Wales (July '07 & May '08).

In the last year Orla released her debut album 'Wishful Thinking', which she co-produced with pianist Simon Wallace. The album had its official release on FMR Records on the 1st May 2008 and is gaining notable praise from jazz musicians and critics alike. This release coincided with Orla's very successful Jazz Services tour in England which began at the National Portrait Gallery in London on the 30th May 2008.

In 2005 and 2006 Orla performed with two of Europe's leading contemporary jazz guitarists, Sandro Gibellini in Certaldo, Italy (August 2005) and with Mike Nielsen at the Sligo Jazz Festival, Ireland (October 2005). Orla was also guest vocalist with Sandro as part of his north-west tour of Ireland in Sligo (February 2006).

Orla consistently receives great feedback from her audiences, which leads to many offers of work to perform at private parties and other similar events.

Orla can perform with any desired line-up and/or other variations according to your needs. A great choice!

Act Information


The following line-ups are available and/or any other variation. The prices quoted are in addition to the price given for a duo:
Trio - Female Vocals; Guitar/ Piano; Drums/ Percussion, Quartet - Female Vocals; Piano; Guitar; Drums, Quintet - Female Vocals; Piano; Guitar; Drums; Saxophone,

Extra Line-up(s)

See above for desired line-ups.
New Song Request, add approx ÂŁ48 - Orla needs to be given at least 4 weeks notice for this.

Also included

Orla Band has the required PA equipment for all performances. Lighting gear can be provided - this to be discussed with the client.


South East based and will travel to these areas: South East, South West, Midlands, North East, North West, Scotland, Wales, Ireland.

Previous Clients

Brand Leonard Consulting Engineers
Various private clients for their weddings and birthday parties


Deeper and more mellifluous than expected. Younger than she sounds and quite beautiful.

'Belfast born Orla has a vocal talent of depth and imagination echoing the female jazz greats. In the company of pianist/co-producer/mixer Simon Wallace, guitarist Ping Lee and bassist Julie Walkington, she has forged a set of standards to mark her progress across the stages in Northern Ireland, London, Europe and USA. Sting’s solo highpoint, Fragile, makes its mark prior to a polished arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s Make Sure Your Sure...Jazz singing and piano with flair, identity and warmth to spare.' Keith Ames, Musician (Winter 2008)

‘Singer Orla's subtle, dark-hued voice and emotionally adventurous approach to jazz is fast making a name for her in UK jazz circles…Orla has developed her engaging, tonal quality through a repertoire of fresh and imaginative arrangements featuring great American standards and newer material by Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell.’ Rupert Mallin, EAST COAST ARTS NEWS (May 2008)

'The first thing that strikes you when listening to this debut album from Belfast-born, London-based Vocalist Orla is her lustrous timbre. Sounding like the forgotten lovechild of Joni Mitchell and Terry Callier - seamlessly combining the liquid phrasing of the former with the soulful sonorities of the latter - Orla's captivating tone really draws the listener into the song. …This impressive debut should help to put this affecting singer well and truly on the map.' Peter Quinn, JAZZWISE (October 2007)

'We wandered into the National Portrait Gallery recently, and stumbled on an excellent new singer, Orla, and Jonathan Gee’s fine trio with Julie Walkington and Winston Clifford. Never know your luck with this place...Someone there knows what’s what.' Brian Blain, JAZZ UK (Issue 74, March/April 2007)

"Orla has a voice as warm, lyrical and expressive - as she is herself." TINA MAY, Jazz Vocalist & Director of the Loire Vocal Jazz Summer School.

Others from clients:
‘A stunning voice, just amazing! Its just great that you were available to perform today – I am so grateful’ Fraser Mclellan at his wife’s 60th birthday in Ashford, Kent, 03/02/07

‘Thank you so much for your performance today - it was really good, and just made our day!!! …let us know on the blog when and where you are next performing in this area!!!’ (from Marilyn via email ) Marilyn and Brian Hunt, 28/01/2007

‘It was absolutely brilliant – everyone really enjoyed it – thank you so made my job easier, it's always very hard around Christmas time to book talented people for a Christmas Party’ Tanya Heather, Brand Leonard, Consulting Engineers’s Christmas Party, 12/12/2006


Talented Jazz Vocalist
Varied line-up
Varied set list



But Not for Me
YouÂ’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Comes Love
Blue Skies
Autumn Leaves
Day by Day
That Old Feeling
IÂ’ve Got The World On A String
Whisper Not
IÂ’ve Got You Under My Skin
Green Dolphin Street
Day In Day Out
Fly Me To The Moon
Beautiful Love
In A Mellow Tone
Lullaby of Birdland
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Old Country
You Hit The Spot
Stella by Starlight
All of Me
From This Moment On
A SleepinÂ’ Bee
Lets Get Lost
Too Close for Comfort
I Thought About You
IÂ’m Old Fashioned
Love for Sale
Night and Day
The Lady is a Tramp
You turn the tables on me
Polkadots and Moonbeans
How Insensitive
After Hours
Make Sure Your Sure
YouÂ’ve Changed
Detour Ahead
In A Sentimental Mood
the Masquerade Is Over
My Funny Valentine
Save Your Love for Me
The Very Thought of You
Embraceable You
Lush Life
The Nearness of You
How Long Has This Been Going On
Angel Eyes
Body and Soul
Moonlight in Vermont
God Bless the Child
But Beautiful
You DonÂ’t Know What Love Is
If You Could See Me Now
Cry Me A River
You Go to My Head
Over the Rainbow
Lost in his Arms
Walk on Bye
I Concentrate on You
How Insensitive
Nature Boy
Speak Low
If You Never Come To Me
I DidnÂ’t Know What Time It Was
Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
Lover Man
Girl From Ipanaema (The)
The Meaning of The Blues
This Masquerade
Song for My Father
Close Your Eyes
Black Coffee
Willow Weep for Me
I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
Peel Me A Grape
Come Rain or Come Shine
I AinÂ’t Got Nothing But The Blues
Gee Baby AinÂ’t I Good To You
Since I Fell for You
A Taste of Honey
Throw It Away
IÂ’m ConfessinÂ’ That I Love You
If Loving You Is Wrong
Be Cool
LoveÂ’s In Need
Mercy Mercy Mercy
Killing Me Softly
Lets Stay Together
AinÂ’t No Sunshine
Knocks Me Off My Feet
IsnÂ’t She Lovely
Michael Jackson:
DonÂ’t Stop to You Get Enough
Rock With You
Billie Jean
Beat It
The Way You Make Me Feel
Dirty Diana
You Are Not Alone
(Plus others on EllaÂ’s repertoire that I highlighted)
Stevie Wonder:
I Wish
Sir Duke
Cash in Your Face
Happy Birthday
All I Do
Rocket Love
Ribbon In the Sky
Big Brother
Another Star
Make Sure Your Sure
You Are The Sunshine of My Life
Blame It on The Sun
Golden Lady
Too High
IsnÂ’t She Lovely
That Girl
Knocks Me Off My Feet
Signed Sealed Delivered
For Once in My Life
We Can Work It Out
My Cherie Amour
And IÂ’m Telling You IÂ’m Not Going Jennifer Hudson
EveryoneÂ’s a Winner Hot Chocolate
You Sexy Thing Hot Chocolate
Ordinary People John Legend
Just The Two of Us Bill Withers
DonÂ’t Go Changing Billy Joel
New York State of Mind Billy Joel
Hey Jude Beatles
Love Is a Loosing Game Amy Winehouse
DonÂ’t Know Why Nora Jones
Come Away With Me Nora Jones
The Nearness of You Nora Jones
Song for My Father Luther Vandross
So Amazing Luther Vandross
Since I Lost My Baby Luther Vandross
A House Is Not a Home Luther Vandross
Suddenly Billy Ocean
Purple Rain Prince
U Got The Look Prince
Alphabet Street Prince
Diamonds and Pearls Prince
She Works Hard for the Money Donna Summer
I Feel Love Donna Summer
State of Independence Donna Summer
One Day IÂ’ll Fly Away Randy Crawford
Street Life Randy Crawford
A Song for You Donny Hathaway
Jealous Guy Donny Hathaway
The Closer I Get To You Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack
Where Is The Love Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Roberta Flack
Killing Me Softly Roberta Flack
Sunny Marvin Gaye
Lets Make Love Tonight Marvin Gaye
Twisted Joni Mitchell
Fragile Sting
Send in The Clowns Barbra Streisand
Fever Julie London
Wild Is The Wind Nina Simone
The Man I Love Ella Fitzgerald
Walk With Me Lord (traditional/gospel)
Testify (Dianne Reeves)

Extra Costs

The price brackets above should be used as a guide only as all quotes are bespoke.

Performance times for most acts except Tributes and some other Unique performers are usually 2 x 60 minute sets or 3 x 40 min sets.

(If you require the act to perform longer than these times you may incur extra costs.)

Travel costs vary depending on the act and will be included to the quote given to you by our agents.

Our acts would usually expect to arrive around 6pm and to be finished around midnight.

(If you need the act to arrive earlier or finish later there may be extra costs but these can be negotiated.)