Club Velocity: In Malcolm We Trust Number 11
Jessica Lee Morgan / Burnt Tomorrow / New Puritans
It is back... been a while
The annual gig to celebrate the birthday of Malcolm Unwin!
JESSICA LEE MORGAN
Is a singer songwriter who doesn't beat around the bush. She's been raised on rock and folk by legendary parents, Mary Hopkin and Tony Visconti, and writes songs that come from the heart and the head... and her own diverse experiences. As happy in a tiny club or a large theatre, she performs live with her acoustic guitar, percussion strapped to her boots, and partner Christian Thomas on bass.
Jessica's released five albums, all recorded wherever her studio happens to be - on terra firma or on wheels... with Christian at the controls. The latest is Change The Record, available on Bandcamp now. They have been released on their own label, Space Records.
Jessica often collaborates with her mother, Mary, running the label Mary Hopkin Music. They wrote "The Less Said The Better" together on Jessica's new album, and wrote and sang a duet together, 'Here it All Comes Again', on Jessica's first album. Jessica sang backing vocals on Mary and Morgan's album You Look Familiar, among others. She has toured with Brian Willoughby and Cathryn Craig, completing the band for Very Hopkin: An Evening Without Mary Hopkin. She also sang 'Those Were The Days' at Wales at No.1 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, sharing a stage with the likes of Shakin' Stevens, Richie Valence, James Dean Bradfield and Amy Wadge. Jessica also represented both parents at Ralph McTell's 75th birthday concert at The Royal Festival Hall in 2019. Both parents have a history of working with Ralph, from his fourth album to his most recent, on which Jessica also sang.
She plays 12-string, saxophone, percussion and vocals in the Bowie supergroup Holy Holy with her father Tony Visconti and Spiders from Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey, with Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 on lead vocals. They've toured the UK, Canada, Europe and Japan. In the USA, as part of a 9-week tour, they played Carnegie Hall and Radio City along with such stars as Debbie Harry, Robyn Hitchcock, Perry Farrell, Cyndi Lauper and Ann Wilson. Very often Jessica shared the support slot with her singer/songwriter/composer brother, Morgan Visconti. She's also sung on his album, Ride.
2019 saw a Holy Holy UK tour and also a support slot for the second time on tour with psych-rock legend Robyn Hitchcock (and a third in Autumn 2021), as well as several solo dates and support slots with Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers (with whom she guested on saxophone), T.Rextasy, The Blow Monkeys and Mark Morriss of The Bluetones. Jessica has also been taking the role of Sandy Denny with premiere tribute band Coda Led Zeppelin, duetting on the 'Battle of Evermore' and playing a support set.
2020 started with some high profile gigs with Holy Holy and also supporting Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet (including a sax duel!) but after all live music was cancelled, Jessica and Christian decided to mount a virtual Time Zone Tour, during which the album Forthright was released, and continued giving livestreamed concerts until August 2021. They took up the slack in the Autumn with tours supporting Robyn Hitchcock and The Blow Monkeys, as well as appearing at a series of Foodies Festivals.
Jessica has sung 'Those Were The Days' to Baron Cobbald, founder of Knebworth Rock Festival, on his 80th birthday, and shared a stage as Polly Garter with Sir Ian McKellen for the Dylathon, directed by Michael Bogdanov. She also contributed two guest vocals on Decades, an album by David Palfreyman and Nicholas Pegg and featuring, among others, David Warner and Sarah Jane Morris.
Mixing rock and folk influences Burnt Tomorrow create hook rich songs that will stay in your head for days. Burnt Tomorrow's debut album My First Mistake was released in April 2013 and received some warm reviews across the web. On 20th August 2016 they released their second album, Fractured Time.
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