Playing together as Shrinking Violets since 1993, Darryl and Julia Murdock completed their partnership by marrying in 1997. They have wandered throughout the Northeast, gracing such stages as Night Eagle Café and Coffeehouse in Oxford, NY and Caffe Lena’s in Saratoga Springs, NY. They have an instantly recognizable, yet undefinable singer/songwriter style that can best be described as ‘jazzy acoustic folk pop’. Both Darryl and Julia are classically trained and experienced in performing for many types of audiences.

Since their humble beginning in a small graduate student club in Syracuse, the Violets have built a solid following for themselves in Upstate and Central New York and in Vermont. With their tight vocal harmonies, the driving sound of acoustic guitar, and the uniqueness of sweet-sounding viola, they have successfully sold their audiences on their songwriting efforts. Their on-stage storytelling and light, good-natured banter engages the audience. Their songs are unpretentious, very listenable, and have been called ‘as comfortable as a soft flannel shirt.’

Their debut CD, “Let It Rain,” was included as one of the top ten new releases of 1995 by the Syracuse Herald Journal. Larry Hoyt of the Syracuse New Times called Julia’s voice “…beautifully pure with a soft, soothing quality,” and the Herald Journal’s CNY feature writer Mark Bialzak described Darryl’s guitar playing as “right on.” They have made live radio appearances on several Central New York shows including Dave Frisina’s “Soundcheck” on 95X, TK99’s Homegrown radio network, the State Theatre Radio Hour hosted by Gene Ira Katz on I-100, and Common Threads on 88.3 WAER. Their song “Not Ready to Let You Go” was included on the State Theatre Radio Show Compilation CD, released in June of 1996, where it keeps company with songs from such groups as Karen Savoca of the Mind’s Eye, and Donna the Buffalo.

Continuing to move ever forward, in 2003 the Violets released their 2nd CD, “Fragile.” Over 8 years in the making, Fragile provides a look at Shrinking Violets’ life and observations. They are currently gearing up with a full band to support the new release. By occasionally adding musicians to their stage act, Shrinking Violets provide additional texture and balance to an already integrated sound. Look for SV in the near future at a venue near you.

In 1997 Shrinking Violets were nominated as Best Acoustic Act of 1997 by the Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYs). They have expanded their range to include shows in Massachusetts, Ohio, Maine and Canada. Invited to perform at the North by Northeast Conference and Festival, they played to a packed house at the Free Times Café in Toronto. Headlining at Caffe Lena’s, the oldest running coffeehouse in America, was a dream realized for the Violets as they played on a stage where artists such as Bob Dylan and Tom Chapin have performed. They have opened for the legendary Tom Rush as well as new folk luminaries Vance Gilbert and Ellis Paul.

Perhaps the highest compliment for the Violets came from Mr. and Mrs. Joe Barnes of Ballston Spa, NY, who, after buying a CD at a Shrinking Violets performance, wrote a letter of thanks to the group. They said they thoroughly enjoyed the music, but it was especially appreciated by their two small daughters who had memorized the lyrics and danced and sang whenever it was played. Their list of venues, press clippings, and fresh, original songs is still growing, and they will continue to create a warm, festive atmosphere wherever they play.

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