Cecile Murphy

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Full Names:  Cecile Murphy (née Wylde)
Born:  Greymouth
Hometown:  Christchurch
Career Began:  1958 as a vocalist
Groups:  The Sapphires, Dion Shannon and The Shamrocks, Sabra
Worked with:  Ray Columbus, Ray Wolfe, Tommy Adderley, Toni Williams
Residencies:  In Sabra as Vocalist and Keyboardist, Tavern Rachel, Russley Hotel, The Clarendon Hotel, The Hillsborough Tavern, The Zetland Hotel, The Hermitage, The Terminus, Timaru, Noah's Hotel Waitangi Room, The Christchurch Town Hall Restaurant
Shows:  Search for a Star, Nelson Mardi Gras, TV in 1960s
Official Website:  Under Construction

Award presented 2009 Award presented 2007

Cecile was one of the first entertainers to appear on local television singing jazz with Doug Caldwell.  She also did guest appearances at local night spots and took part in Ray Columbus' local show.  On moving to Auckland in 1965, Cecile moved into floorshow work with Hegan's Entertainment Bureau and became part of the Hegans Auckland entertainment circuit along with others such as Ray Wolfe.  Moving back to Christchurch in 1970 to take up the management and entertainment for the Marine Hotel in Sumner, Cecile continued with her solo career, traveling throughout New Zealand undertaking floor shows.  In 1971, Dion and Cecile moved to Timaru to take up the management of the DB Terminus Hotel, and once again they induced a large following with Rock and Roll entertainment, and their own contribution to this.  Bands such as Blerta, Cal-Q-Lated Risk, Dantes Inferno and artists such as Tap Hepari and Mark Antony, appeared at the Terminus.


In 1972 Cecile was a finalist in the Christchurch "Search for a Star" and this led to Dion and Cecile deciding to return to Christchurch to take up music as their main career once again.  From then until the present day Dion and Cecile have made music an integral part of their varied career paths playing as Sabra through the 1970s at weddings, clubs and many inner city hotels including a five year, 6 nights a week, stint at the local inner city hotels such as the Tavern Rachael, The Zetland and the Russley Hotel.  They moved into duo work in the 1980's, working the tourist hotel circuit and then into residencies at Noah's Hotel Waitangi Room and the Christchurch Town Hall Restaurant.  In the 1990s Dion and Cecile moved back into casual gigging.