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The music here begins with the latest release and works back to the first EP. The first EP called Firesongs For The Soul is a little more acoustic based with brush drums, inspired by sitting around campfires and singing harmonies .  The Firesongs community grew (aided with a few baked dinners and a little wine) and all kinds of local artists feature on Firesongs For the Soul II EP: Spaces In-Between which is more as Rhythms magazine called it ' earnest, big, warm sprawling folk rock'. It sold out and I ended up expanding the folk rock flavour into the latest album "Celtic Heart" which includes some remixes off that earlier EP and some brand new tracks written after a trip to Ireland, the birthplace of my grandfather. The first official album before this latest release is titled: A Horse Called Freedom (Vol III of the Firesongs series) was released 2014 and shows more maturity and also the embracing of a band sound... described by Rhythms magazine as a 'shimmering production', Country Update magazine as 'ambling and cinematic' and Courier Mail said 'The fire still burns strong'.  Individual songs can be downloaded by clicking on the buy button. This takes you to Bandcamp a great supporter of indie music and secure site for downloading high quality wav files. Otherwise you can grab what you need in the shop and I can keep recording music! :-). Enjoy!

ALBUM OVERVIEW: Artist Perspective

Download Lyrics to Celtic Heart

Celtic Heart Reviews

”Something special” Beat Magazine

“Big,warm, sprawling, folk-rock...unpretentiously earnest" Rhythms Magazine

A Horse called Freedom Album Reviews:

 “Classic Aussie folk rock – soulful stories backed with big acoustic guitars, uplifting melodies, driving rhythms, and tasty guitar work. In the tradition of other timeless homegrown artists – from Paul Kelly to Pete Murray, the Black Sorrows to the Waifs…catchy, original and unmistakably Australian.”

Source: Fender Australia


NSW local Cheynne Murphy delivers on the promise of his two EPs with a debut album that focuses on earnest singing and song crafting...adroit playing...Burnished Gold is a smouldering centerpiece ballad, showcasing the shimmering production and instrumentation consistent throughout the entire album.The arrangements and performances are accomplished and should appeal to fans of the Powderfinger and Pete Murray school of song based rock.” 

 Source: Marty Jones, Rhythms Magazine


The resulting sound is true to the spirit of acts such as Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and America. Across the record, Cheynne engagingly clothes the meat and bones of a folk animal with the skin of a rock beast, pulling together folk-like lyrics, gentle percussion, and frequently chiming lead guitar to gently soaring effect...ambling and cinematic...lyrics consistently engaging. Cheynne is at his best when giving flight to an engaging vocal hook scaffolded by a pop-informed rock arrangement (‘Firebird’, ‘Good Feelings’). An impressive debut that captures a strong sense of movement and reflection.

 Source: Gareth Hipwell, Country Update Magazine


"mature folk-rock style with a tight band...songs like Good Feelings, a powerful folk-rock track with sighing harmonies and evocative guitar from Andrews, show how deep the fire still burns"  

Source: Noel Mengel, Courier Mail


Music Credits

Special thanks to A Horse Called Freedom Contributors

Producer and Engineer: Paul Pilsneniks

Musicians: Toby Andrews (also graphic art) , Matt Bone (Bass), Mat Akehurst (drums) , Maurice Cernegoi (Bass), Jennifer Sewell (Backing vocals)

"Making of" films: Ondy Clelland

Album Artwork: Kylee Joy

Sleeve Photography: John McCormack

SAE Byron Bay special thanks to Bill Wade and Dirk Terrill

SCU Lismore SPECIAL THANKS TO BARRY HILL, Grayson cooke, and Philip Hayward


Celtic Heart 

All tracks produced by Cheynne Murphy except: Track 8: Produced by Cheynne Murphy & Shahrizal Jaapar

Track 1 & 6 : Produced by Cheynne Murphy and Mark Heazlett and Paul Pilsneniks


Track 1,2, 6, 9 :  by Paul Pilsneniks, Assisted by Shankar N Varier

Track 8:  by Shahrizal Jaapar

Track 3: Guy Anderton, Cheynne Murphy, Matt Barnes

Track 4:  Akshay Kalawar & Philippe Chambin


Track 1,2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 : Mixed by Paul Pilsneniks

Track 8: Mixed by Shahrizal Jaapar and Anthony Lycenko

Track 3: Mixed by Pat Maloney, assisted by Leighton Holloway


All tracks recorded @ Pilsneniks Studio's, CMI Studio's aka the beach shack, the Wazinator studio and additional recording at G-banger studios (track 3) and with demo support from SAE Byron Bay.


Mark Heazlett: Acoustic Guitar Tracks 1, 6,8 Backing vocals Tracks 1,2 6,8

Toby Andrews: Guitar Tracks 4, 7

Maurice Cernigoi: Bass 1,2,4,6

Guy Anderton: Drums Track 2,3, 8

Matt Akehurst: Drums Tracks 1, 6

Carl Hemmings: Drums Tracks 4, 5, 7

Jheff Bailey: Piano Track 6

Belinda Mckenzie: Violin and Viola Tracks 2, 4, 6, 8

Chris Oronston: Violin and mandolin Tracks 2, 4, 6, 8

Wes Seewald: Harpsichord Track 4

Akshay Kalawar: Bansuri flute Tracks 8, String arrangement Track 4

Adrian: Silver flute Track 9

Matt Connelly: Irish Pipes Tracks 1, 2, 7 Bodhran Track 9

Brendan Mookx Hanley: Backing Vocals Tracks 7 Irish Whistle Tracks 3,7

Matt Barnes: Backing vocals Track 3, and additional engineering on Track 3

Caroline Agostini: Backing vocals 3, 4, 7

Cheynne Murphy - the rest