On the Dazzle stage and live-streamed, Mary and the Pharaoh is a collaboration between guitarist J.J. Murphy and violinist/vocalist Deirdre McCarthy (Woodshed Red). The project has developed a unique sound by performing in a trio format with guitar, drums and violin- most frequently backed by Denver based drummer, Carl Sorensen. J.J.’s finger-style technique is used to simultaneously play guitar and bass parts with the use of an octave and a sustain effects pedal. With her expressive voice and lyrical violin playing, Deirdre keeps the sound grounded while giving the performance a mystical feminine quality. Drawing on endless influences and incorporating spontaneous improvisation, they drive a continuous groove and dynamic experience. Mary and the Pharaoh puts on a unique and energizing show that keeps you moving until the last note!
John Murphy – guitar, vox
Dierdre McCarthy – violin, vox
Carl Sorenson – drums
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