"Traditional and Modern Irish Folk Music"
A displaced hero from another world, Gus the Bard, has come to regale, inspire, and enthrall audiences with his spirited Irish Folk music.
Tricked by a Leprechaun, Gus was given a Magic Tome™ that could hold any song he wished to learn. But the contract pulled him into our world, never to see his home again.
Even though adventurers are few and far between in this strange new land, he did not let his situation deter him! He hiked up his kilt, tuned his guitar, and came out to this new world, reborn as Gus the Bardic Troubadour!
Chris Murphy, aka Gus the Bardic Troubadour, is a one-man-band; enthralling audiences with a spirited mix of Traditional and Modern Irish Folk music since 2010.
He also performs covers of crowd favorites, as well as what he calls Pub Covers; popular songs, but with an Irish twist.
He is a card-carrying member of the Minnesota Music Coalition, Irish Arts of Minnesota, and is affiliated with the Minneapolis Saint Patrick's Day Association. He has been seen playing at local venues such as Charlie's Irish Pub, Kip's Irish Pub, and is currently the resident musician at O'Donovan's Irish Pub.
He has also played large events such as The Annual O'Nancoack St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celtic Festival, The Shore-Made Music Festival, The Minnesota Irish Fair, and The Minnesota Renaissance Festival
During his first run with the The Minnesota Renaissance Festival in 2022, he received 2 performance award nominations for best new performer and best group performance alongside the Celtic Cottage. Returning in 2023, Gus was honored with the Pinnacle of Performance Award for standout performance by a musical act demonstrating consistent excellence in the performance genre.
His first album was recorded live during the 2019 Saint Patrick's Day Celebration at the Blarney Stone Pub in Onancock, Virginia.
He continues to expand his repertoire with new songs, and always appreciates audience feedback when selecting new songs to add to his Magic Tome™.
He encourages song requests and participation when he's performing, and loves ensuring his audiences are happy wherever he goes.