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 fingerstyle 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, Mary and the Pharaoh puts on a unique and energizing show that keeps you moving until the last note!