One of Newry’s budding musicians, Stephen Murphy, will be lending his musical talents to lead fellow colleagues at his local Tesco in a chorus of seasonal Christmas cheer toward customers.
Customers regularly see the 21-year-old on the produce aisles at Tesco in Newry but behind the polite smile and friendly service lies at very talented guitarist and songwriter.
Not only has the musical employee helped raise cash for many Tesco nominated charities, he has also entertained fellow colleagues at various events like a recent Tesco Does Strictly, its own version of the popular Strictly Come Dancing television series.
Store manager Tom Sarsfield revealed his talented young member of staff will be vital when it comes to fundraising during the festive season.
“At Christmas-time, in Tesco Newry we tend to gather store colleagues for some festive choral singing to raise money for local charities. This year, Stephen has been asked to lend us his talent and put us through our musical paces to entertain our customers with carols as they do their regular shop.
“We don’t all share Stephen’s musical gift but we are hoping that with his help we will be able to up our game and raise much needed funds for our chosen charities. Stephen is a wonderful addition to the Tesco team, we are very proud of him – not just for his talent but for his willingness to use his talent to help others and make shopping at our store that little bit more enjoyable!”
The Tesco employee divides his time between a part-time role on the shop floor with pursuing his innate talents. A student of Music Production and Performance at the Armagh campus of the Southern Ireland, Stephen had a few lessons from an uncle when he started playing the acoustic guitar at the age of 14 but since then he’s pretty well self-taught.
“My mum said I wrote pretty depressing songs when I first started when I was 14 because I was always writing about things like having a broken heart,” he quipped.
In those early days mega bands like Nirvana and Muse were his inspiration to play and write songs but these days his tastes bend towards the likes of Damian Rice and Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy.
Regular Newry Tesco shoppers will recall Stephen dressed up as a hippy at the front of the store to busk for charity, an endeavour which attracted a great deal of cash from generous customers. More recently he teamed up with pal Glenn Chambers to perform another charity shop floor gig, with Stephen on his beloved acoustic and his friend serenading customers. Again customers dug deep to help raise cash for Tesco’s charitable recipients.
Stephen is just one of many people who work for the supermarket – one of NI’s largest employers – who illustrate they are more than just a number, but are talented, charitable and interesting individuals who bring life and the human side into a large business, to help make shopping better.
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