Gene murphy was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada in 1958. Born of a Canadian mother and Liverpool father, he is the oldest of three brothers. At the age of ten, he moved to Port Moody, a blue collar mill town in British Columbia.
Gene and his brother Darren followed the hard working blue collar direction of their bricklaying father; they became heat and frost insulators. This is where Gene began his journey through the “working men’s” struggles which became the backdrop of Gene’s songwriting with The Last Wild Sons.
Gene’s identity as both a heat and frost insulator and musician began with The Edsells, a band created with his brothers, which became the Rockin’ Edsels and eventually The Last Wild Sons. The band evolved in its style with roots in punk rock, shifting to rockabilly, country, blues and roots rock.
In 1994, The Last Wild Sons broke up due largely to the Gene’s struggle with balancing his family, wife and three children, and the rock and roll daydream both of which demand time and dedication. After the birth of their third child, Gene’s wife became seriously ill. She was healed through prayer in a Christian church: a life changing spiritual awakening for Gene. Feeling the divine presence of God became the source of Gene’s desire to pursue a relationship with Jesus Christ. With a new foundation, Gene’s music became the outlet for expressing his spiritual journey and love for Christ.
Gene spent many years playing in churches, homeless shelters and prisons feeling a calling to share hope with people in all places in life. He started a Gospel blues band called Gene Murphy and the Knitting Club and released a home-studio recording called Travelers on the Black Line.
With songs flying off the page and a new found friend, the harmonica, Gene’s music became more introspective and intimate lending itself to a more stripped-down, acoustic style. Gene describes the music as an awakening, a rediscovery of faith and family.
This describes his first solo CD, “All That We’ve Been Through”, released in 2010. He released his second solo CD ,”The Remnant”, in 2013. Both CDs were co-produced by Gene and Josh Bowman and were recorded at Vancouver’s “Warehouse Studio”. He continued to pour out his soul through his writing in “The Remnant”, writing songs that married working mans struggles with faith.
In 2017 he released, as part of The Murphy Brothers And The Mack Jackets,(under the Northern Electric label), a 5 song vinyl album entitled “Walk Past our Past”, a return to his musical roots, the electric guitar, and playing with his brothers once again. They followed it up in 2018 with a CD of these 5 songs and added two more songs. Playing with the Murphy’s was Gary Fraser on piano/accordion and Marc L’esperance adding some guitar, mandolin and engineering/producing at Heavyosonic World Headquarters studio in Vancouver.
In 2019 Gene and Rick Meadows released the garage folk CD, Murphy-Meadows “True Stories And The Things We Know”. A collection of true to life stories and experiences. Engineered and Produced by Rick Meadows at Meadows Studio.
Also in 2019 Gene, as part of The Last Wild Sons, a CD entitled “East Side Of Midnight”. An album containing 5 songs recorded in 1996 that were never previously released, along with 8 songs from the “Heart Of The Working Man” CD recorded at Profile Studio in Vancouver in 1992. It was engineered/produced by Cecil English.