Paul Murphy

Murph’s approach to drums is simple – if you can bang it, I’ll get a rhythm out of it. He started at the age of 11 with a beaten up old snare drum supplemented by school bags doubling as tom toms, saw brief heavy metal chart success with his first ‘real’ band, Fire Bird, and settled into the life of the itinerant pro musician. Along the way he’s gigged with the likes of 10cc, Cockney Rebel and Medicine Head, written jingles and library music, and performed with Thin Lizzie’s Eric Bell and Gary Moore.

On stage with Oye Santana he’s the one leaping around behind an array of percussion and cymbals, covering everything from congas, timbales, djembe to cowbells, shakers and chimes.