Fiddler fires up fans with latest musical masterpiece

May 23, 2016

Ahead of next month’s UEFA European Championships, a young fiddle player from Camlough is evoking memories of past glory and taking Republic of Ireland fans on a trip down memory lane with his amazing remix of the squad’s anthem from the 1990 World Cup – ‘Put ‘Em Under Pressure’.

Niall Murphy had initially been commissioned by iRadio to create a soundtrack for its coverage of Euro 2016 but decided to take the challenge a step further and add a video to accompany the tune.   The result is mesmerizing, with the fiddler reproduced eleven times – representing each player on the field – as each new part of the medley is introduced.

The 24-year-old says the idea came from a version of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ that he put together earlier this year while experimenting with a phone app.  That creation subsequently went viral and prompted the radio station’s request.

Speaking to The Examiner from Derry where he was hosting fiddle workshops for International Fiddle Day, Niall says creating this latest piece was “trial and error” but following the positive reaction to his Thriller creation, this time he wanted to up the ante and adopt a more professional method on the production.

Since posting on his Facebook page on Friday night, the piece has been viewed more than 40,000 times.  Niall says he is surprised at the reaction it has received, adding “hopefully it keeps going.”

With the chants of ‘We’re all part of Jackie’s Army’ and ‘Olé Olé Olé’, the instantly recognizable, catchy tune is sure to fire up football fans when Ireland begin their Euro 2016 campaign against Sweden on Monday 13th June.

“I think a lot of people want to hear the first ten opening notes.  It brings them back to 1990 when the whole country sort of shut down for about three weeks when Ireland qualified [for the World Cup]. It brings back a lot of memories for people.”

Niall says working on the production it was hard to imagine what it would finish up like but said it is “a relief” that it has turned out well.

“It’s said music and sport don’t mix but I think this tune appeals to both music fans and football fans,” he added.

Currently touring with his Breaking Trad group, Niall is also involved in studio work with folk singer Cara Dillon, and continues to give lessons and host workshops both at home and across Europe.

His version of ‘Put ‘Em Under Pressure’ will soon be available on iTunes and is sure to attract copious amounts of airplay throughout Ireland’s upcoming Euro campaign.

Meanwhile, keep up to date with Niall’s gigs, workshops and recording etc on his new website or via his Facebook page Niall Murphy Music.