Modern Age Music Roots Presents
Morganway live at The Heartbreakers, Southampton in association with Midnight Mango + Megan Rose & Becoming Branches
Date: Friday 25th March 2022
Tickets: £9 + BF
Venue: 16 minutes walk from Southampton station
Striking six-part harmonies, energetic rhythms, catchy songs and a fiercely formidable live act – Morganway have made quite the impression on the UK’s rising Americana scene. Part country, part rock, with sprinklings of folk and something else entirely, it’s not easy categorising the band’s “delightfully unconventional sound” (Desperately Lost City).
Founded by twin brothers Callum and Kieran Morgan, the shared lead vocals of Callum and SJ Mortimer,
along with the band’s love of ‘70s west coast rock, has drawn comparisons to Fleetwood Mac. SJ’s powerhouse voice is at the centre, part-angel, part-banshee, while Nicole Terry’s stomping fiddle creates darker, folkier undercurrents coupled with Kieran’s distinctive guitar sound. Matt Brocklehurst (keys) and 'Steady' Eddy (drums) complete the lineup.
They released their self-titled debut album in August 2019 to widespread acclaim.
With a summer of festivals including Glastonbury, Black Deer and Millport Country festival, sell-out shows in
London, a national tour with CC Smugglers and a British Country Music Award Nomination for UK Band of the Year; Morganway have caught the attention of Whispering Bob, and were described by Maverick Magazine as “One of the best and most exciting prospects to emerge in a long time.” The unforeseeable Coronavirus pandemic saw the band take a step away from the live scene to focus on writing. Now with new music and shows on the horizon, 2021 promises to be the next exciting chapter for Morganway
Megan Rose, who describes herself as a “Country Singer with an Urban Twist”, has been taking the UK, Australia and USA by storm over the last three years.
Megan Rose released her debut EP ‘Brave This’ in 2018 which rocketed to number 6 in the Apple Country Album Charts in less than 24 hours and secured her a slot at her first hometown festival “In The Park Festival” where she performed alongside the likes of Marc Almond and Heaven 17. Her success continued into late 2018 where she secured herself a support slot for “Get Cape Wear Cape Fly”. The success of her EP continued into 2019 when she landed two spots at the second largest Country Music Festival in the world- Tamworth Country Music Festival Australia in January 2019, performing on both the Toyota Fanzone Stage and The Regional Australia Bank Stage.
2019 continued to be a very successful year for Megan Rose; securing herself slots at the likes of ‘Village Green Festival’ a Festival headlined by Busted in her hometown of Leigh-On-Sea and supporting artists such as Holloway Road, Hannah Paris, and Youth Club.
Her two Single Releases in 2019- ‘19’ and ‘No Strings’ were another huge success amongst fans and landed her extensive support from a broadening fan base.
Her final high to the year was performing at BBC INTRODUCING LIVE at Tobacco Docks in November 2019 on the Studio Square Stage. Megan Rose’ name was amongst many others such as Maisy Peters and JC Stewart to all but name a few..
As well as her performance success, Megan Rose has got great support from radio stations around the globe. These include Chris Country, Country Hits UK, BBC Essex, BBC Essex Introducing, Radio Essex, Ray Radio, Kix Country Australia, Tamworth Radio and many more.
2020 was not shy of success for Megan Rose either, with a sold out headline show at The Prima Jazz Club in February 2020 with support from Country artist Scott Nicholls and her featured single ‘Pieces’ by The Untold Poet, hitting a whopping 10K views on Youtube. Megan’s latest Single release ‘Something New’ finalised another successful year landing her at Number 3 in the ITunes Country Chart.
Based in the New Forest in the south of England, Becoming Branches are a Country-Folk-
Pop trio blending acoustic sounds and soaring harmonies in an enchanting mix of creative
and heartfelt originals.
Having played together in various acts over the years; Jaz, Rob and Hannah formed
Becoming Branches in the summer of 2018. Initially starting out as a covers band
performing at private parties and weddings, the trio soon starting writing their own songs
and creating their own sound. These original songs were then taken out on the road, being
shared at open mics and showcases throughout the Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire area.
Released in March 2020, their self-titled debut EP was named the BBC Introducing Solent
Record of the Week and has gained further radio play both locally and online. Becoming
Branches have been getting wonderful reviews and are excited to keep sharing their music
with an ever growing fan base.