“The Great Trade” is the songwriting partnership of Mullingar musicians Peter Doran and Brian Murphy. Since 2006, Doran has released four solo albums, with 2014’s “Outlines” being called “an absorbing, uplifting record” by Hotpress. In the last years, Murphy has toured and recorded relentlessly with Midland’s band “Cronin” and released a couple of EPs with the two-piece “Arrow in the Sky”. The first songs of the Great Trade were written when the pair were touring together in Europe in 2013. With the energy of travel and in the time between shows, they found themselves playing with ideas and writing songs mostly for their own amusement. This co-writing process, this trading of ideas was both fun and rewarding, and the resulting songs ended up entirely different than anything either man would have written alone.
The Great Trade treated us to a terrific intimate gig in Canton Caseys on 20th December 2018. Support on the night came from local poet Paul Timoney.