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Who Murray is and what he does

Murray McLauchlan

Forty odd years after his first foray into music, Murray has twenty albums to his credit on both True North Records and Capitol Records. His songs have been covered by many other artists as well as being featured in high school text books. He has played, both solo, and with bands in every major hall in Canada, from Massey Hall in Toronto, to the Orpheum in Vancouver and all the Jubilees in between as well as extensively in the U.S.

Murray’s new 2021 release “Hourglass” on True North Records is the result of a hard period of introspection during the pandemic where he reflected on racism, economic inequality, the future of the planet and the plight of refugees among other topics. That said, it never hits you over the head. The songs treat the listener gently even though the lyrics might cut hard. It is a labour of love with the able assistance of musicians Victor Bateman (bass), Al Cross (drums and percussion), Burke Carroll (steel) and Vezi Tayyeb on keys. As Murray says “While the world gets noisier, I just keep getting quieter.”

He is happily married to Denise Donlon and they have a son so Murray continues with what he thinks is his most important job: being a dad.


A chronology of Murray's recordings

From his first solo album in 1971, titled Song From the Street to his most recent 2021 cd release, entitled Hourglass, you can learn about all Murray’s recordings throughout his career. Click on any album to get album details, buy online or listen to select sound bites from that album.

Murray’s Latest CD Offering


Hourglass is a collection of songs that address the shocking events of the recent past and the ongoing trajectory of a troubled world but also the sweetness of life itself. McLauchlan began with a deeply personal series of poems and then married them to rootsy guitar licks and riffs, to build one of his most political and personal albums. Soaring pedal steel, delicate piano melodies and deft guitar playing bring the lyrics to life, in a project that ultimately celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.

“The Juno Award winner’s 20th studio album is perhaps his finest. The album feels much like a simple request of what we need to do better as a society all set to swooning pedal steels and arpeggiated acoustic guitars.” Maverick magazine – U.K

“With its soothing melodies, gently burnished arrangements and gentle, assured vocals, the messaging is conveyed with the reflective wisdom of a respected elder, one who emphasizes a certain strength rather than scolding its subjects into submission.” American Songwriter Magazine — U.S.A.

“Murray McLauchlan, Hourglass – my favourite album of the year. Make sure you get a copy, it will do your soul good.” Cashbox Magazine—Canada


      1. A Thomson Day (For Tom Thomson)



Below is a short list of Murray’s upcoming performances. A full tour date listing is available.

Murray’s Upcoming Appearances

Date City Venue
Tour: Winter 2024/2025
Thu., Nov. 7, 2024 Newmarket, Ontario NewRoads Performing Arts Centre
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $74.50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 505 Pickering Crescent. Venue phone: (905) 953-5122. Buy Tickets
Fri., Nov. 8, 2024 Port Hope, Ontario Capitol Theatre
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $77.50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 20 Queen Street. Venue phone: 905-885-1071. Buy Tickets
Sun., Nov. 10, 2024 Oshawa, Ontario Regent Theater
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $73.50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 50 King Street E. Venue phone: 905.721.3399. Buy Tickets

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Lunch At Allen’s Next Appearance

Date City Venue
Tour: Farewell Tour
Thu., Oct. 17, 2024 Sydney, NS Highland Arts Theatre
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $67.50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 40 Bentinck Street. Venue phone: (902) 565-3637. Buy Tickets

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Images of Murray

Below are a variety of images for media use/print use. To access the download, simply click on any thumbnail, and when the pop-up window comes up right-click on the image, and click “save image as…” The photo will be downloaded to your computer. All images are in RGB. If you require larger format images, please contact us.


Not just songwriting!

Murray is creative by nature. He is a wordsmith and a composer. Most people, however, don’t know that Murray is also a wonderfully talented artist. We thought we’d showcase a few of his favourite originals! He works in acrylics and in oils.


Things you should know about Murray

These are some fun facts about Murray McLauchlan you may/may not know, that you may enjoy! Great for trivia night!

Born In Paisley, Scotland In 1948

Has Won 11 Juno Awards

Is A Member Of The Order Of Canada

Is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame

Is A Fellow Of The Royal Conservatory Of Music

Is A Doctor Of Laws (Honoris Causa)

Received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award


Communicate with us

Bookings Phone

(613) 346-2622

Booking Contact

Shantero Productions Inc.
Terry McRae
P.O. Box 129
Avonmore, Ontario K0C 1C0

Booking Info

If you wish to inquire about booking Murray McLauchlan or Lunch At Allen’s for a live concert performance, a charity gala or a corporate function, all inquiries must go through Shantero Productions –  Booking Agent, Terry McRae.

Web forms are responded to as time allows. It can take some time for responses to general web contact submissions to be completed. Do not use form below for booking inquiries. Please, call Terry at Shantero for any and all booking inquiries.