As one of the busiest train stations in the UK, St Pancras attracts more than its fair share of buskers. There have been some truly stellar performances, and this one by Workington lad Logan Paul Murphy can go toe to toe with any of them. When the video begins, Logan is already seated at the piano playing the Jerry Lee Lewis hit Great Balls Of Fire
It’s a fun song and a total crowd-pleaser, but it’s not easy to play. Boogie-woogie is a challenging genre, and the right-hand part is particularly tricky in this song. However, he plays it like he’s channelling the great man himself. Even without a microphone, you can hear his voice and the music blending beautifully.
Once Great Balls of Fire is done he moves straight onto more Jerry Lee Lewis songs, I’m On Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin Going On. He captures the spirit of the songs beautifully, and because he plays without music, he’s able to make eye contact with the crowd and the camera. It draws you in and immerses you in the performance. His playing is even better in these songs, with runs up the keys and a frantic beat.
These three songs would be more than enough content for an average YouTube video, but Logan is special. Not content with just a Jerry Lee Lewis medley he then changes to Elton John’s catalogue. He rounds off his performance with I’m Still Standing and I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues.
Neither song is easy to sing, but Logan does it perfectly while not missing a note on the piano. It’s no wonder a crowd has gathered around him, and you can see feet tapping along. It must have been a great distraction for busy commuters and weary travellers alike. When he finishes his set, there is lots of enthusiastic applause from the onlookers, and Logan looks delighted.
Logan’s talent is so impressive, especially considering his not even eighteen yet. He hails from West Cumbria and has been playing the piano, singing and producing music since he was twelve. Believe it or not, he has already put on shows for the public, including at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. This venue was made famous for hosting shows by The Beatles.
How did this happen? Logan was busking in Liverpool and a member of the club’s management happened to see him. He offered Logan a 20-minute slot at the club. That’s an amazing achievement for a thirteen-year-old, which Logan was at the time. It’s far from his only amazing achievement, though.
He agreed to play at a wedding and was asked to learn the Aimee Zimmermann song I’ll Always Be Your Mom for the Mother/Daughter dance. Once he’d learned it, he recorded it and released it as a debut single on iTunes. He was completely blown away when his dad called him to tell him it had reached number one in the iTunes easy listening chart.
Since then, Paul has played gigs and festivals around the UK. His biggest musical inspiration is The Beatles, ever since he found one of their CDs in his dad’s van. His channel is full of covers of their hits like this wonderful rendition of Let It Be. There’s surely a lot more to come from this talented lad. If you would like to see more from Logan Paul Murphy Music, you can subscribe to their YouTube channel or follow them on Facebook.