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John Murry gig was so moving

Despite sound problems, I thought John Murry was an absorbing performer as the support to Cowboy Junkies at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum last week.

Your critic Stuart Morrison got it right when he said Murry "suffered horribly" because of the acoustics (Celtic Connections review, The Herald, January 25) but Graeme Forbes (Letters, January 26) got it wrong when he suggested "Murry appeared to have scant regard for neither his material nor the audience" and that his performance was " shambolic".

Having listened to Murry's CD The Graceless Age so many times, and having heard the back story to it, his performance was nervy, awkward but nonetheless brilliant. His final song, Little Colored Balloons, is a masterpiece and to deliver it with such meaning and despair was a moment to remember.

Friends attended a Connections BBC Scotland recording and were raving about Murry, whose songs had moved some of the audience to tears.

Musicians have different effects on people – Murry has affected me positively. I wish I could see him again tomorrow.

Mike Ritchie,

21 Fotheringay Road, Glasgow.

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