David Murphy is a multi-instrumentalist based in Cork, Ireland playing pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar and dobro.

As a session musician, David has shared the stage and studio with international artists such as John Blek & The Rats, Richmond FontaineThe Delines, The Lost Brothers, Willy VlautinAnna Mitchell, MalojianGemma Hayes, David Hope, Declan Sinnott, PJ Curtis and many more.

As well as featuring on records from some of Ireland's finest alternative folk and roots acts, David has completed tours of Ireland, UK, Europe and U.S.A. as well as performing on live national radio and television.

In 2018, David received an Individual Artist Bursary Award from Cork City Arts Council to undertake intensive masterclasses in pedal steel in Nashville, Tennessee.

David Murphy’s melodic inventions were sensitively suited to Vlautin’s songs, and whose beauty of tone nuanced the sound world of the show from start to finish.
— Leeds Living (UK)
... an exemplary pedal steel player.
— Herald (IRL)
Murphy adds tear-stained tones of pedal steel guitar.
— Yorkshire Evening Post (UK)
Murphy’s dreamy pedal steel again takes pride of place.
— Lonesome Highway (IRL)
David Murphy’s spectral pedal steel is truly evocative, bringing the lonesome trains and remote plains of Spence’s songs vividly to life.
— Whisperin & Hollerin (UK)
David Murphy’s pedal steel guitar is played not in a traditional country way but mournfully and atmospherically in the background supporting the songs and their intriguing lyrics.
— AmericanaUK (UK)
... delicious pedal steel.
— No Depression (US)
David Murphy adds a note of melancholy on lap steel guitar.
— Financial Times (UK)
...an irresistible pedal steel guitar that weaves around everything.
— Goldenplec (IRL)
The unmistakable sounds of David Murphy’s pedal steel guitar gently weep throughout much of the album and elevates the music above the ordinary.
— Ceol Collective (IRL)
Murphy adds fitting, sliding blue notes on pedal steel guitar.
— Herald Scotland (UK)
Murphy’s accompaniment immediately proved to be a vital ingredient when it came to highlighting the various moods of Vlautin’s work... whether it was tender purring or sharper west coast country rock hinted he was the business.
— Jumpin' Hot (UK)