– 2013 CELTIC CONNECTIONS DANNY KYLE AWARD WINNER –
“Extraordinary…ludicrously youthful and absurdly talented” Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music
“Very nice!” Andy Mckee — “Lovely playing” Martin Carthy
“I like his EP ‘Shadows and Whispers’ very much…I suspect we’re going to be hearing quite a bit more of that lad in the weeks and months to come!” Mike Harding
“Fantastic…Really high quality stuff!” Will Gompertz (BBC Arts Editor)
“As the guy who has had the honour, for many years now, to present Cambridge Folk Festival’s Saturday afternoon Stage 2 Session, I regularly get to see the cream of the international folk scene. In 2014, Elliott Morris walked on and quite simply, stole the show. Go and see him, now.” Brian McNeill (The Battlefield Band)
“You’ve got the tapping thing down man!” Frank Turner
“One of the most impressive guitarists to grace our studio for a very long time…a compelling listen – and mesmerizing to watch!” Dean Jackson – The Beat / BBC Introducing
“His guitar playing is intricate and skilful and his voice is strong and honest…heartfelt folky pop” Dave Gorman
“Very nice hammer-type-playing-thing-style” Adrian Lester (Hustle)
“Super-talented” Acoustic Magazine
With hundreds of gigs behind him – and a coveted Danny Kyle Award from Celtic Connections 2013 – Elliott Morris has a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most sought-after young artists on the acoustic scene.
The singer-songwriter, featured in Acoustic magazine as ‘The Next Big Thing’, taps the strings and beats the guitar’s body to create an intricate spectacle, together with an original and unique sound integral to his songs.
Half English, half Scottish and raised in Wales and Lincolnshire, Elliott has always been one to enjoy travelling, and this is evident in his almost constant touring schedule. He’s played all across the British Isles, from Orkney to Plymouth, Boston to Llangrannog, Belfast to Clonakilty.
Elliott’s original compositions marry intricate guitar lines with heartfelt, honest vocals and clever wordplay, combining elements of folk, roots, jazz and country. Embracing the traditional and the contemporary – this is folk music for the 21st century.
Elliott’s versatile blend of folk, pop and rock has complemented a range of major artists he has supported. These include Erik Mongrain, Andy McKee, Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman, Lau, Big Country, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, The Joy Formidable, Jim Bob (Carter USM), Jimmy Wahlsteen, Jon Gomm, Roddy Woomble (Idlewild), Mark Morriss (The Bluetones), Lucy Rose, Brian Kennedy, legendary Philadelphia soul groups The Stylistics and The Three Degrees, and revered folk veterans Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. He has been joined on stage a number of times by Ed Sheeran, Alan Thomson (The John Martyn Band), Boothby Graffoe, Mike Vass and Innes Watson and even YouTube comedy sensation, Slomozovo – Chris ‘Bing’ Bingham.
Between October 2013 and April 2014, Elliott supported Paul Carrack (Squeeze, Mike + The Mechanics, Eric Clapton) on many of his UK tour dates, including shows at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, Sage, Gateshead, The Lowry, Salford and Cambridge Corn Exchange. He joined back up with Paul Carrack in November to again play support on the 2014-2015 tour, his first date being at the London Palladium. Elliott has performed numerous slots at Celtic Connections, Glasgow in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and previous summer festivals include Hop Farm Festival, Towersey Folk Festival, Warwick Folk Festival, Beverley Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, The London Acoustic Guitar Show and Ullapool Guitar Festival. He also played headline shows in Germany and the Netherlands in October 2014, upstairs at London’s legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, and toured the UK with fellow acoustic friends Will McNicol and Chris Woods.
Elliott featured as electric guitarist on an album by Dancing Lotus, and performed at a number of UK festivals with them, including Summer Sundae and Gignics London, where their performance was covered by Channel 4. A track by Morris and the band hit number 1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts.
With a string of 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 has played many BBC Introducing slots – 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 Elliott for a Best of Mixtape podcast. He also interviewed Elliott at Broadcasting House and welcomed him to a songwriting immersion weekend.
Martin Harrison of Hania guitars spotted Elliott and crafted a custom model for him. Roger Bucknall of Fylde guitars also built Elliott a custom Alexander model guitar. Elliott is also endorsed by Mimesis Pickups, Elixir Strings, AER amplification, Logarhythm stompboxes and G7th capos. Elliott additionally plays tenor and harp guitars.
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