Based in Norwich Jess Morgan will be known to a lot of us in the home counties area having regularly performed in Bedford at Esquires as well clubs like CB2 in Cambridge and opening the events at 2011′s sold out Ely folk festival. With one EP and a self released album All Swell already in the bag and plaudits like BBC Radio 2’s Steve Lamacq and sessions with Sue Marchant on her evening radio show. It’s now great hear a new session played for one of the best online independent radio stations Folk Radio UK, who have been a long time supporter, so Jess has cut four tracks from her new CD due for release in Spring 2012.
Jess’s music takes in influences from British and American folk and in true troubadour style has taken her songs away from East Anglia and tours regularly in Norway, Holland, Germany, Iceland as well as a short tour of the US, picking up fans and friends on the way. Back home she has played support for Teddy Thompson, Otis Gibbs, LAU, Ben Taylor and folks favourite duo Megson, among others.
Having seen Jess perform live on numerous occasions it’s great to see and hear how she has built in confidence with her song writing, much admired by fellow songwriter Nicky Chinn, and her stage presence. With her distinctive vocals the confidence and rapport with the audience oozes through and lets not forget she is also a very accomplished guitar player too. Her playing interweaves effortlessly with her imaginative style of writing and story telling, with plots and narratives drawn from real life times and experiences that reel you into her world and holds you there till the end of the song, giving you a few moments break to draw breath between songs, before whisking you away on another journey.
So with a new album on the way and her desire to perform live, 2012 looks set to be another busy year for Jess. So music promoters and festival organisers please take note of her name and make sure you find some time for her on your bill, you won’t regret it and your audience will love you for it too. There’s a new star rising from in the east and it’s flamed red.