Sep 5, 2011

James Morgan - Acoustic / Alternative / Folk, UK (ArenaCast E86)

About: James Morgan - Acoustic / Alternative / Folk artist from Coventry ,UK

"I first picked up a guitar when I was twelve, in an attempt to become windswept and interesting to women. 
Ten years later, and it still hasn't quite happened yet. But I'm pretty good with a six-string...
In 2011 I started writing songs that needed something else, and the The Knights Of The Road were born (thanks to Marcus Cornall for the band name). 
Haven't quite made it work yet, but it's only a matter of time... Moving to London to pursue the music more intently is the next move, so expect a lot more gigs soon!"

1). What is the most exotic/extraordinary place you have ever performed at?
Most extraordinary gig I've ever done... not really exotic at all, but supporting Feeder at Coventry University's Summer Ball was an awesome gig, that was with my old band AlJazzEra. At one gig I played a guy turned up inside a full sized dalek, which was pretty exotic! First gig I've done to aliens, heh.

2). When you are 70 – how do you see your life?
At 70? I really have no idea, I really hope I'm still performing. I look at some of the people we still have touring these days, like Chuck Berry, BB King, some of the old blues greats, and if they can still do it at 90 I like to think I'll still be touring and recording at 70! As long as people want to hear my music, and as long as I'm in love with it, I will be playing, hopefully signed and hopefully running around the world playing bigger shows.

3). If you could talk to any of the rock-stars, dead or alive, whom would you talk to and what would you ask?
If I could talk to any rock star ever, I may have to go with Keith Richards. That man has some incredible stories to tell, and it's a wonder he's still alive, heh. I'd also love to meet Frank Turner, he's been a huge influence on my work, and just chat with him, he seems like a really nice guy.

4). What countries and cities would you like to visit the most during the tour?
Currently, the tour is taking in really small venues, mostly in cities where friends of mine are studying so I know I have a sofa to crash on after the show! But top venues and places I'd love to play... I'd love to tour Ireland, old Irish music was a huge influence on my music when I was growing up, and there's still a lot of "Ceit" in my music. I'd love to play more in London, and now I'm moving there, I'll hopefully get the chance.

5). Which famous band/artist you would be glad to share the stage with?
Sharing a stage? I'd love to get the chance to play with Aerosmith, ha! I know massively out of my league, but I always loved their music, their kind of don't give a damn attitude. Also love to share a stage with some of the other up and coming acoustic artists at the moment. Newton Faulkner is a legend, also Andy Mckee, Ed Sheeran, Chris T-T, Ben Marwood... There's this wonderful, almost underground movement towards a lot more of a folk music mentality in acoustic music at the moment, but it's kind of only just being recognised by the mainstream. But yeah, Newton Faulkner and Frank Turner would be my top two.

Listen to: James Morgan - Gaffa Tape And Glue



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