Bláth Conroy Murphy
Classically trained pianist, singer and multi-instrumentalist.
Anúna has changed a lot over the years, and as I have developed as a musician, I have begun to relate to the group in a different way. I don’t function just as a singer, I hear the group as being an instrument and I understand how they function as a whole, rather than as singers singing individual parts. Michael’s music is made up of colours, light and movement, and when we get it right, you can hear the music start to shimmer and create waves of sound that expand out into the space. I get very excited when we reach this sweet spot of sound.
I joined Anúna back in 2007 when I was studying for a music degree in NUI Maynooth and have sung with the group all over the world since then. In 2010 Anúna were filming and recording with Australian children's entertainers The Wiggles who were on tour in Ireland at the time. During the filming they saw the spark of madness within me and invited me to do a tour with them in Australia as a singer, dancer and musician for their show. What ensued was two and a half years of colourful craziness that took me around the planet.
When I returned to Ireland in 2013 I brought many experiences that have since proved very useful to me in Anúna. Being in The Wiggles has given me the ‘ready for anything’ mindset, as one never knows what is going to happen in concert - it’s always an adventure! Each Anúna performance is unique as are the venues we perform in. Each audience entices and extracts a different energy from the group, and our performances reflect this. The way the music moves an audience is quite profound and it very special for us also to be a part of this experience.
I remember an amazing moment in China. Having sung ‘Jasmine Flower 茉莉花 ’, a famous traditional Chinese song, the audience requested it again as a second encore. This time audience and choir sang heartily in unison. I was overwhelmed with emotion at the experience.
Movement is a big part of what we do in Anúna. It has its origins in Christian ritual, but we use it as a device to draw the audience into the performing experience. Our movement is always determined by the space we are in. I am delighted to be on this journey with Anúna and hope to continue to contribute and engage for many years to come.