The final guests in the latest series of weekly online events for lockdown will be MEGSON, who will join us for an hour or so of chat, with a few songs thrown in, on Friday 16th April.
Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson, aka Stu & Debbie Hanna, draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.
The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting and intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it, "if you don’t like the music here then you have a problem".
2019 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album Contradicshun gaining them even more critical acclaim including Folk Album of the Week from The Sunday Times, "(O)ne of the albums of the year" from Rock 'n' Reel, while legendary folk broadcaster Mike Harding said "Megson have brought out a constant stream of absolutely stunning albums over the years and this is no exception. A cracker of an album".
The focus of our "an hour or so" events is very much on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You are invited to ask questions in the comments, so it is very interactive... the more people watch and engage, the better it will be for everyone. The events are free, although there is a PayPal donations box, with 100 per cent of the donations (after PayPal charges) going direct to the guest. You can donate at www.paypal.me/downendfolkclub. There's also a link at the bottom of this page.
This will be the final "an hour or so" for the moment as we look forward to a return to socially-distanced concerts. We'll be announcing our online plans as part of this event, at around 9.00pm, so please do tune in to find out what's next... we're really pleased with what we've come up with!