Murphy’s Mandolin

Dewey MurphyVeteran bluegrass mandolin player Dewey Murphy has promised to donate his mandolin to the International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM), in Owensboro, when he retires from music.

The 79 year old from North Carolina still plays at bluegrass festivals, but his 1924 Lloyd Loar mandolin will go to a good home. Gabrielle Gray, the museum’s executive director, has described the instrument as…

“…worth a mint. It’ll be right up there with Pete Seeger’s banjo among our most valuable assets. We’ll install a special case for it.”

The full story, which appeared originally in the Owensboro Messenger-Enquirer, is available on-line at It also references recent staff cuts at the museum.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.