An Interview with Anna Murphy of Eluveitie

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An Interview with Anna Murphy of Eluveitie

Interviewed by Metalette

Anna Murphy of Eluveitie
Anna Murphy of Eluveitie

I had the chance to ask some questions of Anna Murphy, hurdy-gurdy player and vocalist in world-famous Swiss metal band Eluveitie. The band released their newest album, “Origins”, this month!

Eluveitie01Was there a lot of research involved with the themes and lyrical content of “Origins”?

Yes! Chrigel is always doing lots of research and also working together with Scientists to get really accurate accounts that he can then use for lyric-writing. A lot of work and passion was involved, very similar to the times we worked on the previous album “Helvetios”.


Can you tell us a bit about the process of writing and recording the new album?

We were in the studio for a pretty long time, but this time a lot of the songs were actually only written in the studio. It made it interesting, but also quite stressful. We had to learn our parts very quickly. I’ve got more involved on this album and wrote quite a lot of songs, so you could say that “Origins” is kind of his and Chrigel’s “baby”.

What is the recording process like for your instrument in particular?

Actually not that different from “Helvetios”. I’m quite a fast learner and I had already managed to learn a lot of parts in a short time on the previous album recordings. There were a lot of very “virtuous” melodies, which challenged me a lot and that’s what I like most about recording Eluveitie albums. With each album my skills improve, we never seem to stagnate once we’re at a certain level. The hurdy-gurdy sound has never been so good as it is now on “Origins”. I used a new instrument by Sebastian Hilsmann.

Eluveitie - ORIGINS
Eluveitie – ORIGINS

What is your favorite song on the new album?

The Nameless.

If you could describe the new album in one word, what would it be?


Who are some vocalists that you admire?

Anneke Van Giersbergen, Asgeir Hatlen, Björk, Pollard Berrier…

When did you start playing the hurdy-gurdy? What inspired you to pick up that instrument?

I started playing 9 years ago. I was inspired by the band “Faun”. I saw them live together with my mum and as soon as I heard the sound of the hurdy-gurdy I turned to her and said “I want that!” Of course I couldn’t immediately get one, so I started out by renting an instrument.


Who did you grow up listening to? And who have you been listening to more recently?

I grew up with the Beatles, ABBA and classical music. At the moment I’m not really listening to much music, except for maybe the new Manes album. I’m trying to get creative again, so I’d rather keep my head empty for ideas that will hopefully pop up 🙂

What got you into metal in particular?

I don’t really remember to be honest. I started with heavier rock and even some nu-metal bands until I got into the “real thing”. And then at some point I just started buying CDs based on their album covers. For quite a while I was only into Black Metal until I became a bit more open again, hehe..


What is one album that you can always listen to in its entirety?

Saltillo – Ganglion



Eluveitie is:

Merlin Sutter – Drums

Chrigel Glanzmann – Vocals, Mandola & Mandolin, Tin & Low Whistles, Bagpipes, Bodhràn

Anna Murphy – Hurdygurdy, Vocals, Flute

Nicole Ansperger – Fiddle

Ivo Henzi – Guitars

Rafael Salzmann – Guitars

Patrick Kistler – Tin & Low Whistles, Bagpipe

Kay Brem – Bass

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And get their new album “Origins” now, via Nuclear Blast records!