Lyndon Morgans (Songdog)
with: Vinny Peculiar
Thursday 14 September 2023
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
£8 in advance, £10 on the door
Embark on a soul-stirring journey through time and emotion with Lyndon Morgans (Songdog) – A masterful odyssey of love, loss, and life’s profound melodies
‘Of Gods And Men’ is the first album from Welsh songwriter Lyndon Morgans to be released under his own name, having put out his previous 8 albums under the ‘Songdog’ identity. Over the course of the latest record’s 15 tracks, Lyndon continues his exploration of his favourite themes – the passing of time, lost love, sex, death, ageing and psychic overload.
Lyndon is joined on stage by fellow Songdog regular Karl ‘Pod’ Woodward (who provides the distinctive keyboard sound that peppers the new album and also designed the cover art) and violinist Bethan Frieze.
Previous albums as ‘Songdog’ include 2020’s ‘A Happy Ending, ‘Joy Street’, ‘Last Orders at Harry’s Bar’, ‘A Life Eroding’, ‘A Wretched Sinner’s Song’, ‘The Time Of Summer Lightning’, ‘Haiku’ and ‘The Way Of The World’ and were released to great reviews from the likes of Uncut, Mojo, The Mirror, Maverick, RnR and Americana UK amongst others. Lyndon’s tracks have been featured on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6Music plus other regional and international shows, he has recorded a session for Tom Robinson’s show and had his music praised by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Robert Wyatt.
What they’ve said about the music:
“Lo-fi and alluring, like a heady mix of Eels and Lambchop … A fully qualified peer of such droll, self-deprecating Americans as Kurt Wagner, Stephin Merritt and Mark Everett.” UNCUT 8/10 (Andrew Mueller)
“Soaring, Mellotron-inflected arrangements enhance Morgans’ acutely observed lyrics.” MOJO 3* (John Aizlewood)
“Morgans’ songs are a musical version of Diane Arbus’ photographs. They create stark word snapshots and capture moments in a life of music, love, mistake, and regret. You only write these songs if you paid attention while living.” AMERICANA UK 8/10 (Michael Macy)
“If he were a Wainwright, he’d be Loudon III, not Rufus ….I’d give a body part to write poetry like this.” RnR 5* (Andrew Darlington)
“He has a brilliant way of investing despair and dysfunction with romance. Stellar stuff indeed.” FATEA (Mike Davies)
“Bejewelled lyrics of wit, woe & wonder” 4*** MIRROR (Gavin Martin)
“Terrific stuff!” Robert Wyatt
“Intense & sensual collection of baroque, last chance lives…supremely evocative imagery that lesser poets can only aspire to” Maverick
“A totally unique sound” Jack Douglas (Producer – John Lennon, The Who, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Patti Smith, New York Dolls)
Vinny Peculiar, aka Alan Wilkes, is a Worcestershire-born artist who began as a nurse before signing with Manchester’s Ugly Man records. With fourteen albums released over a twenty-year career, his autobiographical pop music has graced stages across the UK, Ireland, Europe, and the US. He’s been praised as a “national treasure” (UNCUT) and compared to “a warm-hearted Morrissey” (Q Magazine). Noteworthy collaborations include Bill Drummond (KLF), and he co-founded Parlour Flames with ex-Oasis guitarist Bonehead in 2013.