“sheer understated brilliance”
James Santer, BBC Introducing Devon July 2017
A bout of suspected typhoid fever set Ben Morgan-Brown down a new path in 2015; unable to stand and sing at the same time after four weeks of illness, he found that sitting to play and singing in a softer voice suited his delicate songwriting, and he discovered an intimacy within his own music that previous efforts had somehow lacked.
Performing his first solo gigs in over five years, he soon found this new style made for a compelling live experience – drawing audiences in with his intricate, open-tuned, guitar work and his unadorned lyrics.
Having played at Glastonbury Festival, Boardmasters, Green Man, and Acoustica in previous years with various musical projects, Ben set about securing gigs for his new solo material in March 2016, playing across Devon and the South West (including a support for Ruarri Joseph), as well as venturing out to Liverpool and Cardiff. He recorded an E.P. at home that captured five live performances, two of which, ‘Valentine’ and ‘Sunken Treasure’ received airplay on BBC Radio.
In November 2016 Ben spent two days in a remote church hall with his good friend Peter Collis from The Diamond Family Archive/Map Recordings recording an eight track album. Maintaining the ethos behind his 2016 E.P., the album is built on complete performances, guitar and vocals captured together to show Ben’s newest material in an honest, direct light. With the subtle addition of keyboards, guitar loops, drones, percussion and electric guitar, it is an evolution of Ben’s sound that still maintains his commitment to ‘real’ sounding recordings.
Released in a DIY manner, Ben has mixed the recordings, designed the artwork, and produced the final product himself at the kitchen table and it is available now from www.benmorganbrown.bandcamp.com