BPREVIEW: Sunjay Brayne + Bethan and the Morgans @ Ort Café, Sat 12th July

Sunjay Brayne + Bethan and the Morgans @ Ort Cafe, Sat 12th JulyRounding off one of the more sensible musical weekends in the city, Sunjay Braye plays at Ort Cafe tonight – with support from Bethan and the Morgans. Doors open at 8:30pm, with admission charged at £5.Birmingham Preview / www.birminghamreview.net

Sunjay Brayne / www.sunjaybrayne.comA younger man with an older sound, Sunjay Brayne is a solo singer/songwriter – delivering confident vocals behind a Bluesy Folk guitar. With perhaps a touch of Country.

But learning the guitar when most of us were tackling the Etch A Sketch, precocity is no stranger to the 20year old Derby man – who was nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2012, missing out to the traditional Irish five piece, Ioscaid.

Reminiscent of his own declared influences, Buddy Holly and Don McLean, Sunjay Brayne is cited as an exemplary guitarist, with Steve Tilson saying “…I’m going to have to connect jump leads to your fingers.” Although I’m not sure it that’s to harness Brayne’s ‘power’ or in some churlish act of jealousy; either way, that’s not a bad endorsement coming from Steve Tilson.

Currently working on album No3, following Seems So Real (2011) and One Night Only (2013) – the latter a live album recorded on one nig… you get the picture, Sunjay Brayne is showcasing new material over a pretty mammoth 40 dates headline tour. But the man seems sturdy enough, before the year is out Brayne will have clocked up over 100 gigs across the UK; if there’s a Club or Festival with Folk in the title, chances are Sunjay Brayne will play there at some point.

But tonight it’s Ort Café’s turn, with a little taster from Sunjay Brayne performing ‘Sitting on Top of the World’ – click here or on the image below:

Sunjay Brayne - colour, landscape

For more from Sunjay Brayne, visit http://www.sunjaybrayne.com/

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Staying in the Folk/Country tone, support comes from Bethan and the Morgans – a West Midlands based ensemble and self cited ‘brave sound from the Black County’.Bethan & the Morgans / www.facebook.com/BethanAndTheMorgans

A combination of Americana melodies, the occasional Bluegrass footstomp, and a vocal lead that’s not a million miles away from the Volunteer State’s diminutive first lady, Bethan and the Morgans have a Country flavor that tastes of more than one territory.

Confident and sassy, their sound has graced several stages across the West Midlands. Appearing on a few familiar festival bills too, Bethan and the Morgans recently supported Jasper in the Company of Others at the Severn Sounds Festival in Worcester, over the last May Bank Holiday.

And with their eponymous EP nearly a year old, Bethan and the Morgans are now ‘working towards’ their debut album. We’ve been told to ‘watch this space’. So in the meantime here’s the official video for ‘Go Away’, taken from Bethan and the Morgans‘ four track release last august – click here or on the image below:

Bethan and the Morgans EP

For more on Bethan and the Morgans, visit www.facebook.com/BethanAndTheMorgans

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Ort logo - full, lr

Sunjay Brayne plays at Ort Café tonight, with support from Bethan and the Morgans. Doors open at 8:30pm, with admission charged at £5.

For more info visit http://ortcafe.co.uk/sunjay-brayne-bethan-and-the-morgans/

For more on Ort Café, including directions and full event listings, visit http://ortcafe.co.uk/

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