3 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominations
3 Spiral Earth Awards
Saturday 7th November 2015
The Square Tower
Doors Open: 7.15pm (music starts 7.45)
Tickets £12 each, £14 on the door (if not sold out).
Tickets available securely online at: www.wegottickets.com/event/311690
Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea or Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea.
You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address (on the right of this page).
If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.
“The most original duo on the British folk scene” (Robin Denslow – The Guardian)
Megson are Stu Hanna (Vocals, Octave Mandola, Tenor Banjo, Guitar) and Debbie Hanna (Vocals, Accordion, Whistle), and here at Square Roots Towers we’ve been massive fans of this highly original husband and wife team for many years, having seen them wow thousands of new fans at their many festival appearances over the last few years. If you’ve seen them before then you’ll already know how great they are, but if you haven’t then you really are in for a treat!
Named after a dead dog & comprising a former punk and classically trained soprano, Megson were an unusual commodity on the London acoustic scene of the early noughties. In 2004 they quietly released their debut album “On The Side” on their own EDJ label. Not expecting much, they quickly won fans in Radio 2 DJ Bob Harris and the then rising star of the UK Folk Scene Seth Lakeman. Radio sessions and support tours soon followed. 2007 saw the duo turn professional with the release of their second album “Smoke Of Home”. However, it was their third “Take Yourself A Wife” which, taking inspiration from their Teesside heritage, established the duo as “A force in the folk revival” (The Observer).
The following years saw three BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominations, three spiral earth awards, international tours and the release of the critically acclaimed “The Longshot”. “The most original duo on the British folk scene” said the Guardian, “A marriage made in Heaven” said Songlines. They wowed fans with performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Green Man Festival, Larmer Tree Festival and all across the UK, even winning over passengers of the tugboat MV Ella in Hartlepool.
The birth of a baby girl in 2011 wasn’t enough to slow down the duo with the release of “When I Was A Lad” – A Collection of Children’s Folk Songs, and the formation of the unique FAMILY FOLK SHOW series. And during all this time, Stu even managed to get involved with other artists producing records for LUCY WARD, FAUSTUS, THE WILLOWS, THE YOUNG’UNS & SHOW OF HANDS.
2014 saw the release of “In A Box”, their much anticipated brand new studio album. Featuring guest performances by Seth Lakeman , Jess Morgan & The Willows it was not only named one of the Best Folk Albums of 2014 by The Telegraph but also The Sunday Express – ALBUM OF THE WEEK.
What The Critics Say
“Seeped in history and offering inspirational tales, with this album you’re dining with delicate harmonies and listening so deep you’re immersed in the lush, passionate creation of one of the most exciting contemporary folk groups in the UK.” (Maverick *****)
“An enthralling melange of folk, country and influences from the north-east of England…” (Country Music People)
“They’ve a vitality, a freshness and a rhythm that is as near to pop as folk.” (Laura Barton, BBC Music)
“Debbie and Stu Hanna, better known as Megson, are the most original duo on the British folk scene….Best of all, there’s the title track, which starts as a lament for football fans in a dreadful season, and develops into a powerful ballad about hope in the face of disaster. It’s the best new song I’ve heard from the folk scene this year.” (Robin Denslow, The Guardian ****)
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