Morganisation Shows Review
ELOBeatlesForever website reviews The Artrix:
In a word or three, Morganisation were fantastic! Dave Scott-Morgan has managed to fashion an entertaining and talented band alongside wife Mandy, judging by the quality of this multi-media, anecdote and music filled show. In fact, it is more accurate to describe Morganisation as a family unit rather than simply as a band. Family in the sense of their roots in 'Brum Beat' history and family in the sense of the way they interacted and came across to the healthy audience. We were treated to a balanced set of fifteen songs which not only paid homage to DSM's own musical heroes in Buddy Holly, The Beatles and Bob Dylan but also managed to include a suitable proportion of Jeff Lynne penned ELO classics as well as some Morganisation gems of their own. Two songs from 2012's classy "Across The Divide" plus a quartet of tracks from new album "Bubbles" - due a full release on Saturday 26th November - meant that all the bases were covered in show that literally was over too soon. The intricate guitar craft of Alex Lowe again caught the eye, blending nicely with the impressive percussion of Jack Rosa and keyboard antics of Alan Smith. Dave and Mandy are really and truly a couple and they manage to convey that beautifully within their recollections, onstage discourse and musicianship. I can't pick a fave because they were all fab!
Brian Todd - Kitchen Garden Cafe:
An unbelievable top draw performance from a gifted artiste and band. What a blend of musicianship, variety, originality, humour, sensitivity and even a little respectful sadness. Most importantly- a brilliant evening! These guys can really play!
Chris Price reviews Morganisation at Lancaster Music Festival:
What’s the connection between the vibrant rock scene of 70’s Birmingham and award winning Lancaster Music Festival? The answer: MOrganisation. Birmingham based former Electric Light Orchestra guitarist and vocalist, David Scott-Morgan, brings his 5 piece band to Lancaster with an eclectic mix of original songs and ELO classics. You can hear the influences of Buddy Holly, Dylan, the Beatles and (of course) ELO through their repertoire, with the beat provided by a cajon (a snare in a box), presenting an electro-acoustic sMOrgasbord of rock-pop delight with rich melodies and close harmonies. Dave hit the 'brum-beat' music scene in the 60's with groups such as The Ugly's and Magnum, playing alongside Steve Gibbons and wrote for The Move and Wishful Thinking. Later his song 'Hiroshima' was a European hit. In the 80's he was part of Electric Light Orchestra's stage line-up and was a studio musician on their album 'Secret Messages' as well as Jeff Lynne's 'Armchair Theatre' album. A collaboration with ELO's keyboard player, Richard Tandy, produced the 'Earth Rise' album and with guitarist Martin Smith he developed a CD compilation 'The BC Collection'. In 2012 he teamed up with Martin Smith again to produce 'Across the Divide'. With humorous anecdotes spanning 5 decades, Dave recalls his song writing and numerous encounters with music legends. From house to festival stage, MOrganisation deliver a rich, easy-listening experience that will take you back to the 70's or leave you wishing it could.
Keith Sinclair reviews the gig at the Old Joint Stock:
Morganisation managed to squeeze in 27 songs in a two hour set balanced (with an impressive visual backdrop) that included a nice spread of songs from the Morgan album "Across The Divide", a quartet of ELO hits, some Beatles and Bob Dylan as well as new song "Knower". We also got to see "Hiroshima", some "Spaceship Earth" and a little "Something" else. Tales of dealing with Don Arden and meeting George Harrison meant that all bases were covered. This was no concert, it was an experience of the career of one of Birmingham's unsung music talents. And it works really well judging by the fun had on stage and by the delight of the packed house looking on. We look forward to seeing Morganisation out and about regularly at theatres and venues soon. Go see 'em folks!
Gary Haywood Acoustic1 Radio for HEM Life News at The Old Joint Stock Theatre
The scene is set for a great afternoon; the gig was sold out so it was standing room only… we had all come to see Dave Scott-Morgan, song writer (including songs for The Move) and former guitarist with ELO…. The audience was made up of fellow musicians, party-goers and lovers of live music. So it’s time to take off (Dave is also a flying instructor) and the band open the set with ‘Benediction’ a great feel-good, uplifting song taken from the new album. Mandy, his wife, who sings backing vocals and plays a mean tambourine guides us through Dave’s past which is an amazing journey of a young man from Tile Cross who learned to play guitar by purchasing Burt Weedon’s ‘Play in a Day’; starts writing songs that are picked up by The Move’s Carl Wayne, and joins Jeff Lynne as he tours with The Electric Light Orchestra. In the first half Morganisation played some great oldies that we could all sing along to including Buddy Holly’s ‘Peggy Sue got Married’ and the ELO classic ‘Livin’ Thing’. Along with the stories of Dave’s past, lots of jokes, micky-taking and leg-pulling it was making for a great gig with a special atmosphere for this close-up intimate show. The second half, after a pie and a pint (well we were in a pub) was as good as the first, more fun, stories, great songs ‘Mr Blue Sky’ included. Dave really is quite a humble guy and for him past glories really are in the past and now it’s all about Morganisation, who are a great band in their own right and for those of us lucky enough to be there it was evident that the future for Dave and the music is sounding great.
Chrisopher Price: Morganisation Unplugged - Kitchen Garden Cafe
A truly enjoyable evening with a mixture of old and new songs on the playlist, including a couple of ELO classics thrown in. The icing on the cake was “Mr Blue Sky” as my wife is an avid Birmingham City fan! We will certainly be looking to attend another performance.