Recently we were very lucky to be invited* to see the Megson Family Folk Show at the Pegasus Theatre in Oxford as part of their UK tour. I’ve never really had much experience when it comes to folk music. As a lover of trying all things new I gladly accepted the invitation.
Megson is made up of husband and wife duo Debbie and Stu Hanna who have been writing, recording and performing together for the last 15 years. They have been nominated no less than 4 times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and have won 3 Spiral Earth Awards!
Megson’s latest album entitled ‘Little Bird’ is a collection of folk songs both old and new. The couple draw on their Teesside heritage for inspiration. Along with their other albums, this one is produced and recorded in their home studio and even features guest appearances from their daughter Lola and dog Wizard! I love that it’s such a family affair and proper homegrown talent.
We were kindly gifted a copy of the album prior to going to see the show and we love it! It’s on in the car permanently and I’m in serious trouble with the kids if I dare suggest listening to the radio for a change. The disc is going to be worn out very quickly at this rate! I’ve never seen them so enthusiastic about something. Along with the album we also received a copy of the lyrics and colouring book so they have learnt every single song word for word. I’m sure the neighbours can hear us coming down the road long before they can see us. The kids love to sing their favourites at the top of their voices and I must confess I often do end up joining in. You can’t help but get in to the swing of it!
The show itself was brilliant. At roughly 45 minutes long it was perfect for youngsters and their families. Debbie and Stu were great at getting the whole audience involved with questions, ideas and actions. They also introduced us to the various instruments they used, including the accordion, banjo and penny whistle. The songs are really catchy and fun. My particular favourite (as it seems to sum up my life since having a baby!) is ‘Baby On Board’. The one sentence ‘Mammy’s not slept much, feels like dying’ makes me laugh every time!
If you get the chance to see Megson go for it and do pick up a copy of their album too. You’ll be singing along before you know it! To find out more please go to http://www.megsonmusic.co.uk
*Disclaimer: We were gifted tickets to the show and a copy of the album and lyric book in return for this review. All words, photos and opinions are that of my own.