It can be truly said that from the moment Canadian storyteller James Murray walks out onto the stage he has an impact on the audience. Whether making them laugh, bringing a tear to their eye, or simply bringing back some precious memories, Murray’s stories strike an emotional chord with each and every person who hears them.
Murray’s stories flow more like a gentle stream than the raging river of today’s modern world. His informal stage presentation and comfortable storytelling manner just seems to invite listeners into the kitchen – where they can sit around and relax, smile, laugh, and enjoy his often humorous, sometimes poignant, and always entertaining stories.
Murray not only delights audiences with his ‘one man’ show, he is equally adept and comfortable sharing the stage with friends such as violinist Aimee Balloun, the Red Mollies and singer-songwriter Ted Crouch with whom he has teamed up on numerous occasions to present a unique blend of music and stories. Murray has also worked with two time BC Interior Music Award winners Blu and Kelly Hopkins, as well as performed on stage with the likes of Jim Byrnes, Valdy, Okanagan Symphony violinists Denis Letourneau and Susan Schaefer, Siri Hermanski and folk icon Garnet Rogers to name but a few.
Whether in a theatre setting, at an open-air festival or in the common room at an senior citizen’s home, James Murray has a very special ability to make each audience member feel like he is telling his story just to them.
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“I would like to express how much we enjoyed James Murray’s storytelling when he visited us here at Haven Hill Retirement Centre. He has an amazing gift in being able to tell his stories with such descriptive wording and empathy. If you closed your eyes while he was talking, you could almost imagine you were there watching the whole scene unfold. Everyone that attended enjoyed his stories immensely. We would be very happy to have him come back again and again.”
Wendy Patten, Activity Coordinator, Haven Hill Retirement Centre