Morganway continue to surprise and excite with their folk/indie/Americana style of music that proves that a country and western soul doesn’t have to come out of the USA.
The band was founded by twin brothers Callum and Kieran Morgan (both guitar players) right here in the UK, with SJ Mortimer (vocals), Nicole Terry (fiddle), Matthew Brocklehurst (keys), Rory Hill (bass) and Ed Bullinger (drums) making up the rest of the line-up.
The incorporation of fiddle and keyboards with the two-guitar front end of more standard indie and rock bands is what really stamps home Morganway’s sound. In this lies the secret that really set Morganway apart from other bands: a mix of tones and styles which blend seamlessly creating a very refreshing whole.
It’s often difficult with genre-crossing music to define exactly who would be into a unique sound, but Morganway have a knack of picking just enough of the right bits of different influences to have a truly broad appeal.
Country is a definite driving force in the songwriting here – there are some classic harmonies and structures that any country fan would pick up on straight away – however, the influences of British indie and folk can’t be ignored.
UK country music champion, Whispering Bob Harris, got wind of Morganway’s unique sound back in 2017 and invited the band to record a live session at his studio. Since then, they have played across the country at venues and festivals, growing their audience and picking up a nomination for a BCMA award.
Morganway’s busy gigging schedule hasn’t got in the way of recording and releasing new material either as their EP ‘The Hurricane’ is currently available, and fans can look forward to their debut studio album (mixed in Nashville – where else?) which will be released in early 2019.
Morganway will be performing right here in the North East at Tuned In!, Redcar on Friday 23rd November.
It seems to me that this is the kind of gig you could go to and enjoy without necessarily listening to the band first, although there are plenty of tracks available online to whet your appetite. I would imagine that a sprinkling of Texas sunshine on a cold November evening in Redcar would be truly welcome – and I for one look forward to it.
Tickets, priced at £6.00 in advance, are available from redboxpromotions.co.uk.