Bournemouth show for top folk roots act Megson
One of Britain’s leading folk rock duos is making a rare appearance in Bournemouth later this month.
Megson will perform at Boscombe’s Shelley Theatre in a Bournemouth Folk Club gig on Saturday, March 28, from 8pm.
Hailing from the North East, the husband and wife duo of Stu and Debs Hanna have established themselves as a true folk force.
Their acoustic performances of relevant, thought-provoking and heartfelt songs about life, love and whimsy have drawn accolades from far and wide.
Triple BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees, the accomplished pair are considered one of the most original and intelligent acts currently around.
They mix Debs’ heavenly vocals with Stu’s rhythmic guitar or mandolin and throw beautiful harmonies on top to create a sound that’s both traditional and modern.
Megson, named after a beloved pet dog, sing songs of Teeside’s heritage, football matches, miners, life’s milestones, loss and a whole lot more in a spiritual and sensitive way – with a lot of humour included.
They are nine albums into a 16-year career, all issued on their own EDJ label and produced by Stu, who has also handled the desk for folk luminaries such as Show of Hands, The Young ‘Uns and Sam Kelly.
Their latest album Contradicshun was described by the influential Folk Radio as “a masterpiece of shared creativity, the fullest flowering of a partnership … Megson’s most complete album and their best to date”.
The duo’s background makes them a most unlikely folk roots pairing – she was a classical music student and he was into prog rock – but somehow it works, perfectly.
Megson’s acclaimed albums include The Longshot, songs from their native north east, In A Box, which charts life from cradle to grave, and Good Times Will Come Again, their first wholly original effort.
Stu said: “We love coming down to Bournemouth and playing at the atmospheric Shelley Theatre – and the audiences are always so appreciative. I can promise a great show with a host of favourite songs, along with some new material.”
Bournemouth Folk Club organiser Paul Burke added: “Megson are unique both in terms of songs and performance. It is always a brilliant, heart-warming and life-affirming occasion when they are here and we are incredibly fortunate to have them back.”
Tickets are £16 (students £12) and available from the theatre box office on 01202 413600 or online at www.shelleytheatre.co.uk
MEGSON play the Shelley Theatre on Saturday 28 March