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Cumbrae Presents Morganway. Glasgow 17/02/2020

Monday night 17/02/2020 saw the 2nd night in Scotland for the Cumbrae Presents Morganway tour which took place in The Blue Arrow venue on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. Having been informed that they had a great night in Edinburgh the night before we were looking forward to the return of East Anglian six-piece band Morganway.

This is not the first time I’ve seen them and hopefully not my last either.

The support act for the evening was Glasgow based Anton & The Colts, who have a hint of country blues, folk, within their Americana sound. A great start to the night with their set which kept the audience well entertained. Working without a setlist the guys managed to provide a good mix of their own music. A very upbeat set which showed the versatility of their musicianship when the drummer took to playing the banjo on one song

and then was added to for the last two songs by an appearance of a special guest who with his trumpet certainly added to the already great sound.

This was a fantastic start to a great evening.

Cumbrae Promotions Gavin Chittick then introduced Morganway to the stage to kick of their set with “Devils Canyon” a rousing tune which got us all going from the start of their programme. This six-piece band simply would have blown the roof off the venue if we weren’t down in the basement. Again, as with Anton & The Colts the sound was top notch in this exposed brickwork building and the quality of the sound was of the same quality whether you were at the front or the back of the room.

Having seen Morganway before I was delighted to see that they have got better every time I have seen them and the vocals from SJ Morgan are simply fantastic

and the harmonies within the band are a delight to listen to. SJ also plays acoustic guitar and even has a wee shot at percussion on one of the evenings song.

Nicole J Terry

on fiddle just lifts the roof off when she gets engrossed in the moment. Again, there is so much versatility in the group with brothers Callum and Kieran Morgan on base and lead guitars and vocals add greatly to the sound. With Matt on keys and Ed on drums this really is a fantastic set up.

We were treated to many of Morganway’s older tracks mixed with a couple of new tracks, one of which was a 1st play live and also a brilliant interpretation of “Jolene”. An encore which was their brilliant upbeat “London Life” which had us all shouting for more and this culminated in an acoustic song performed in the middle of the crowd.

Overall a fantastic night’s entertainment from two superb acts. Hopefully you all get the chance to see both acts at some time soon.

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