Embracing traditions of the past, discovering innovations for the future, multi-instrumentalist Casey Murray is presently forging her unique musical path. New England based, Casey is a graduate of Berklee College of Music holding a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance and a minor in American Roots Music Studies. During her time at Berklee, she worked with esteemed folk and world musicians Natalie Haas, Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, Joe K. Walsh, Mike Block, Mairi Chaimbeul, Eugene Friesen, and Patrice Jackson-Tilghman. Casey's musical passions find roots in many diverse styles including Celtic, Old Time, New England contra, folk, classical, and improvisation.
Currently, Casey spends most of her time on the road with Corner House. A Boston based band abiding by a love for adventure and finding purpose and solace in the beauty of earth and music. For the past two years she has been touring, writing, and cooking with these folks. In Fall 2019, Corner House released their second EP (first with Casey) Smart Folks. Plans for an upcoming full length album are in the works.
Casey enjoys playing music for contra dancing, a type of social folk dancing similar to square dancing. She is drawn to this scene by the intense energy of playing for live dancers and the combination of older traditions and ingenuity. She often finds creative joy in composing for cello, guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin. Casey has been developing her skills as a session musician and appears on several recent recordings including The Waltz Album (Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand, 2015), In the Midst of a War (Catalina Gonzalez Hinrichsen, 2015), and Magic Fantasy Dream Dance (Great Bear, 2016) and has performed on many recording projects with fellow Berklee students. Casey has also proofread numerous tune book publications including books by Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand (Long Flight Home) and Jay Ungar.
Casey is also a gifted educator. She teaches private lessons and group classes for string instruments using Suzuki, Creative Ability Development, and fiddle pedagogy. She has been a guest teacher and faculty member at Kanack School of Musical Artistry Chamber Camps, Creative Ability Development Workshops and is current co-director of the Kanack School of Musical Artistry Fiddle Camp.
"Casey Murray is one of the most promising folk cellists of the current generation. With a rhythmic drive that is second to none, she is a great asset to any musical group she is part of, also showcasing her skills as a stellar composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist." -Natalie Haas