Stu Hanna (Vocals, Octave Mandola, Banjo, Guitar) & Debbie Hanna (Vocals, Accordion, Whistle) are the husband & wife duo MEGSON.
Named after a dead dog and comprising a former punk and classically trained soprano, MEGSON were an unusual commodity on the London acoustic scene of the early noughties. In 2004 they quietly released their debut album ON THE SIDE on their own EDJ label. Not expecting much, they quickly won fans in Radio 2 DJ Bob Harris and the then rising star of the UK Folk Scene Seth Lakeman. Radio sessions and support tours soon followed. 2007 saw the duo turn professional with the release of their second album SMOKE OF HOME, but it was their third, TAKE YOURSELF A WIFE, which established the duo as “A force in the folk revival” (The Observer).
The following years saw three BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominations, three spiral earth awards, international tours and the release of the critically acclaimed THE LONGSHOT. “The most original duo on the British folk scence” said the Guardian, “A marriage made in Heaven” said Songlines. They wowed fans with performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Green Man Festival, Larmer Tree Festival and all across the UK, even winning over passengers of the tugboat MV Ella in Hartlepool.
The birth of a baby girl in 2011 wasn’t enough to slow down the duo with the release of WHEN I WAS A LAD – A Collection of Childrens Folk Songs, and the formation of the unique FAMILY FOLK SHOW series. And during all this time, Stu even managed to get involved with other artists producing records for LUCY WARD, FAUSTUS, THE WILLOWS, THE YOUNG’UNS, MAWKIN CAUSLEY, THE CECIL SHARP PROJECT & SHOW OF HANDS.
MEGSON are now celebrating nearly 10 years on the road, by releasing MEGSON – LIVE. Recorded at the duo’s regular haunt, The Hitchin Folk Club, it is a limited release containing 16 tracks from across their career.
ON THE SIDE (2004, EDJ011)
MEGSON EP (2006, EDJ012)
SMOKE OF HOME (2007, EDJ013)
TAKE YOURSELF A WIFE (2008, EDJ015)
THE LONGSHOT (2010, EDJ016)
WHEN I WAS A LAD (2012, EDJ017)
MEGSON L I V E (2013, EDJ018)
Artist Website: www.megsonmusic.co.uk