Ar­gyll mu­si­cian El­liott re­leases de­but al­bum to wide­spread ac­claim

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

Singer-song­writer and gui­tarist El­liott Mor­ris, fresh from tour­ing his Ar­gyll an­ces­tral home­land, has launched his de­but al­bum Lost & Found.

El­liott’s first al­bum, recorded at Cari­bou Stu­dios near Penicuik and pro­duced by Mat­tie Foulds, is de­scribed as ‘a melt­ing pot of folk, rock, blues and coun­try’.

The billing con­tin­ues: ‘Blend­ing pro­gres­sive, con­tem­po­rary in­gre­di­ents with still vi­brant Bri­tish folk and roots tra­di­tions, this is folk mu­sic for the 21st cen­tury.

‘ El­liott’s orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions marry in­tri­cate guitar lines with heart­felt, hon­est vo­cals and clever word­play, com­bin­ing el­e­ments of folk, roots, jazz and coun­try, all the time em­brac­ing the tra­di­tional and the con­tem­po­rary.’

Half-English, half- Scot­tish and raised in Wales and Lin­colnshire, El­liott plays across the Bri­tish Isles, from Orkney to Ply­mouth, Bos­ton to Llan­grannog, Belfast to Clon­akilty. El­liott, whose Scot­tish side hails from Mull and Oban, has honed his craft on the road, reg­u­larly clock­ing up 120 gigs a year.

The folk and blues singer has been widely praised. BBC arts ed­i­tor Will Gom­pertz has de­scribed his mu­sic as ‘fan­tas­tic … re­ally high qual­ity stuff’, while co­me­dian Dave Gor­man, of the TV show Mod­ern Life

Is Good­ish, said ‘his guitar play­ing is in­tri­cate and skil­ful and his voice is strong and hon­est … heart­felt folky pop.’

He scooped a pres­ti­gious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Con­nec­tions in Glas­gow, and last year BBC Alba broad­cast a duo per­for­mance with Dougie Maclean at Perthshire Am­ber. Last Au­gust El­liott also per­formed at An To­bar on Mull as part of his Lakes, High­lands and Is­lands tour.

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