Deserted Village
Record Label & Live Music Promotion Since 2002

Seán Mac Erlaine in his studio.

Murmansk

The members of Murmansk met in 2001 in Dublin at an improv workshop hosted by AMM percussionist Eddie Prevost.They began meeting semi-regularly to record in a room in Trinty College Dublin and between 2002 and 2006 they performed in churches, theatres, galleries and even pubs around Ireland. Murmansk also played the Galway Arts Festival,Dublin Fringe Festival and toured Belgium and Holland with Belgium's R.O.T.

The necessity of self-releasing their music lead to the formation of the Deserted Village label.The first Deserted Village release was the debut Murmansk album Murmansk released 5 alubums in total as well as various compilation tracks and a tour split with Belgium's R.O.T.

The members of Murmansk came from different backgrounds; some studied modern composition, jazz and others are self-taught. This enriched the music and created tensions in the performances, which were resolved in unexpected ways or not at all.

From an early press release:
"The members of Murmansk are multi-instrumentalists continuously refining their approach to making music. Acoustic and electric, analogue and digital, found objects prepared and home-made instruments and good old-fashioned extended technique are all employed in a Murmansk performance. Particular techniques and sound sources are unimportant in themselves, the goal is always to create a cohesive and moving piece. While free improv often alienates listeners because it sounds emotionless or experimental for it’s own sake, a successful Murmansk performance affects the listener in a visceral way and creates an atmosphere of its own."

Although Murmansk is no longer active, most of its members went on to play together in United Bible Studies and various other collaborations.

Members (not all concurrent)
David Colohan
Shane Cullinane
Johnny Dykes
Seán Mac Erlaine
Paul McGough
Scott McLaughlin
Gavin Prior

Murmansk Interview on Foxy Digitalis, 2005.
Murmansk on Bandcamp

Discography

Brane Compilation by Murmansk s/t by Murmansk Cottage Industrial Vol. 2 by Murmansk End Of Navigation by Murmansk Eklectra by Murmansk, Townparks Foundry CraterScrape by Murmansk Murmansk & ROT Tour CDR by Murmansk / R.O.T. Untitled by Murmansk Live by Murmansk Murmansk Remixes by Secret Society Flotsam by Murmansk

Videos


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News Stories



Past Events

Martin Daws Quintet/ Gwyn Parry/ Murmansk
@ The Boom Boom Room, Conways Parnell st, Dublin 1
Sunday 10 September 2006 at 20:30
Price : TBC

RPM (Keith Rowe, Chris Potter and Phil Mouldycliffe), The Grew Trio, Swung Dash, Psychiatric Challenge, Murmansk, Sculptress, Graham Clarke
@ The Pyramid Arts Centre,Cultural Quarter, Palmyra square, Warrington , UK
Saturday 18 June 2005 at 12:00
Price : £??

Warlords of Pez, Fred, Dry County, Murmansk
@ Spiegeltent, Dublin Fringe Festial
Wednesday 29 September 2004 at 21:00
Price : ??

Goh Lee Kwang, Murmansk
@ Galway Arts Centre
Saturday 11 September 2004 at 15:00
Price : ??

Murmansk, R.O.T.
@ Negasonic, Aalst, Belgium
Monday 2 August 2004 at 21:00
Price : €??

Murmansk, R.O.T.
@ Afrika Squat, Amsterdam, Holland..
Sunday 1 August 2004 at 21:00
Price : FREE

Murmansk, R.O.T.
@ Cinemahaus Klappei, Antwerp, Belgium.
Saturday 31 July 2004 at 21:00
Price : ??

Murmansk, R.O.T.
@ Atelier Momen, Brussels, Belgium
Friday 30 July 2004 at 21:00
Price : €??

Black Forest Black Sea, Murmansk
@ Galway Arts Centre
Saturday 3 April 2004 at 15:30
Price : 6.00

Murmansk, Formica, Jimmy Behan & more
@ Sugar Club, Dublin
Thursday 4 March 2004 at 21:00
Price : €??

Murmansk
@ Galway Arts Centre
Saturday 06 December 2003 at 15:00
Price : FREE

Murmansk
@ Blackfort Organics Gallery, Dublin
Monday 8 September 2003 at 18:30
Price : Free

Murmansk
@ Blackfort Organics Gallery, Dublin
Thursday 26 June 2003 at 18:30
Price : Free

Murmansk, Karl Him/Sven Anderson, Dennis McNulty & David Lacey, Pawel Grabowski
@ Sound In Club, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
Monday 23 June 2003 at 20:30
Price : €??

Murmansk and others
@ Toners, Dublin
Wednesday 18 June 2003 at 20:30
Price : €??

Murmansk
@ Lazybird, Dublin
Sunday 16 March 2003 at 20:30
Price : 4.00

United Bible Studies, Robert Blake, Murmansk, Nemesis, Diarmuid McGuinness, Eddie Keenan
@ Bog Lane Theatre, Ballymahon, Co. Longford
Friday 28 June 2002 at 20:30
Price : 5.00

Murmansk
@ Lazybird, Dublin
Sunday 8 May 2002 at 20:30
Price : 4.00

Murmansk, Seán Óg and others...
@ Trinity College Chapel Dublin
Wednesday 24 April 2002 at 20:30
Price : 5.00

Keith Rowe, Eddie Prevost improv workshop group (Murmansk)
@ Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Friday 26 October 2001 at 20:30
Price : 5.00