Elliott Morris, Paul Tully, Oonagh Clarke
12 May 2012 - 21:00
The 22 year-old singer-songwriter began playing electric guitar when he was 11, but launched his solo set… at 17, just a year after starting to explore the possibilities of the acoustic instrument. Elliott taps the strings and beats the guitar’s body to create an intricate spectacle, together with an original and unique sound integral his songs.
He has supported Erik Mongrain, Andy McKee, Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jim Bob (Carter USM), legendary Philadelphia soul groups The Stylistics and The Three Degrees, and revered folk veterans Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. He gigs regularly with Dave McPherson (InMe) and has played many times with old friend, Ed Sheeran.
Elliott tours extensively, including past festival sets at The Hub’s national guitar showcase (2008/09), Lexapalooza (2009), SO (2009, 10 & 11), Y Not (2010, 11) and Summer Sundae (2011). He played Cambridge Folk Festival club tent for three years before securing an extended set on the Emerging Talent Stage (2011). He headlined a tour in August, supported by good friends Jack, and Gill’s Daughter.
With four solo EPs, Elliott has gained considerable air play. He enjoys enormous support from the BBC, and commercial and community channels across the country have highlighted him. He plays often on BBC Lincolnshire, with numerous appearances in the Introducing slot – including one from London’s Broadcasting House. He has played two sessions on BBC Introducing’s The Beat, and Tom Robinson’s 6music show Fresh on the Net has covered him equally enthusiastically several times. Tom selected ‘A Matter of Time’ for a Best of Mixtape podcast. He also interviewed Elliott at Broadcasting House and welcomed him to a songwriting immersion weekend.
Martin Harrison (Hania guitars) spotted Elliott and crafted a custom model for him. This unique instrument is Elliott’s main guitar. Acoustic Magazine has written about it and BBC Look North featured it. Dalmedo Stompboxes also sponsor him. Elliott additionally plays tenor and harp guitars.
In April 2011, ‘Spend Some Time’, by Dancing Lotus and Elliott Morris, hit number 1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Their later joint release, ‘Silver and Blue,’ reached number 18. BBC Radio 1 played ‘Spend Some Time’ in July, and interviews with Elliott about the Introducing Masterclass he attended at Abbey Road. Elliott now also plays electric guitar in Dancing Lotus.
Elliott’s fourth solo EP Something Like This reached 11 on the iTunes singer-songwriter album chart and 6music, The Beat and Lincolnshire Introducing have played tracks from it.
Newton Faulkner – “Wicked, awesome!”
Andy McKee – “Very nice!” • Martin Carthy – “Lovely playing”
Frank Turner – “You’ve got the tapping thing down man!”
Dave McPherson (InMe) – “Crazy s**t, he will give you an eargasm”
Dean Jackson – The Beat/BBC Introducing – “One of the most impressive guitarists to grace our studio for a very long time…a compelling listen – and mesmerizing to watch!
Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music – “Extraordinary…ludicrously youthful and absurdly talented”
Paul Tully is a singer songwriter from Strabane. More details about Paul can be found here