Red Velvet

Irish folk steeped in blues, country and jazz and more besides

Red Velvet is singer Deirdre Murphy, songwriter Les Ray and their band of talented multi-instrumentalists from very diverse musical backgrounds: Gene Thunderbolt on keyboards and electric guitar, Mike Udin on bass, and rock drummer Colin Smith.

The name Red Velvet encapsulates the band's repertoire, with the red part represented by deeply committed political songs on the side of the dispossessed and the marginalised, and the velvet part by songs of the heart steeped in life experience.

Deirdre and Les are very much a part of the folk music scene in the Cambridge area, and have been organising gigs for upcoming young musicians for many years now.

Following on from their first album ‘Heartland Soul’, Red Velvet released the one-off charity single ‘Letters from Walter’ to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. Their first full EP ‘Darkness and the Angels’ was released in March 2019.