The newest member of Black Murray, Michael Bean adds mandolin and a few other instruments to the band. Michael has been playing professionally since 2008 with groups such as Hotline Strings, Southern Echoes, Stoney Creek, and Marvelous Knights. When he's not playing music, he can be found organizing (and dancing!) contra and English country dances hosted by the Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.
Percussionist, melodica, and whistle player Grace Chung began her percussion training on the tabla. She began playing piano at age five and still does piano accompaniment. Besides her husband and family, one of her great loves has been musical theater. "Now," she says, "I am acting and singing Irish - great fun!"
V. Cieri has been playing violin age seven and started fiddling and busking on the streets of Kalamazoo ten years ago. Since then V. has been lucky enough to play in a few bands and continue learning new tunes. When not fiddling, V. can found enjoying a whiskey and/or the company of their cat, Teddy.
Allan McMillan has picked up the guitar on and off since he was 14, playing occasionally in basement bands you've never heard of. After playing in another Irish/Renaissance Festival band for seven years, he formed Black Murray just in time for the 2017 Michigan Renaissance Festival season. Allan and his wife Grace Chung live in Wyandotte a short distance from the high school where he taught English and theatre for 34 years.