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Biography

‘One Week of Days are husband and wife duo Bob and Jan Murphy. They are based in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Bob and Jan are both prolific songwriters and they have worked together on various musical projects, most notably ‘Kaydee’ (1994-1997)

Bob and Jan met in 1988 when they were in a school musical together. It wasn’t long however before they ended up performing in the same group in their home town, Kilkenny. One group followed another until the group they were in at the time ‘Kaydee’ ended up signing a recording contract with EMI records in 1994.

They finished up with ‘Kaydee’ in 1997 and Bob went on to record some solo material while Jan took a break from writing and recording.

In April 2000 they got married and later the same year they decided to work together again on a new project “One Week of Days” … a play on the phrase “One Week of Years” from the book of Daniel.

“One Week of Days” is primarily focused around recording and features the singing songwriting and production of both, with Bob recording and providing the instrumentation.

In early 2002 One Week of Days released their first album …  ‘Who you really Are’ was recorded in their home studio in Kilkenny city. The album  contained 11 tracks. Songwriting is a dominant element and the music is rock based with elements of pop, folk, electronica, jazz and roots. The title track was written by Jan and portrays a God full of grace and love, distinct from many modern religious notions of God.

… a shining reviving exuberant God in my heart,

I’ll tell everybody who you really are.”

Between 2003 and 2008 Bob and Jan have played mainly as a 2 piece, but occasionally as a four piece.

Since then some singles have been released: Bad History in September 2008, You Light Up My Day in December 2009, Shepherd King in May 2010 and “A Word to Satisfy” in June 2014.

 


 

“Jan and Bob Murphy use an Indie rock foundation on which to erect tracks offering hints of jazz, gospel, folk and pop, plus Jan’s bewitching voice, to create something at times mesmerising.”

Jackie Hayden, Hotpress

“Imagine a male voice that for all the world sounds like Chris Rea, female vocals that .. are like Dido, excellent musicianship, well-crafted songs with catchy melodic hooks, with definite influences of U2 in there too. Put all that together and what have you got ?? .. One Week of Days”

Ann Trainor, Worshiplinks

 

“They land in a space quite comfortably not praise and worship, not rock, not quite pop, not really contemporary, yet a blend of all of these which is their own.”

Alex Klages, The Phantom Toolbooth