When Tim, landlord of the Rose and Crown in Calverleigh, sent me an email to say that Mark Morriss was coming to play in his skittle alley, I knew that we had to get along to interview him.
The Rose and Crown is a great country pub and had hosted a fantastic Dodgy gig in their beer garden back in the summer. And now the former Bluetones frontman would be performing in the skittle alley. What's next? I'm half expecting that the first Ride reunion gig will be in their beer cellar!
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I'd sort of met Mark a couple of times. He was due to be a live guest on one of our very first shows until a monumental cock-up on my part put pay to that. Then we'd chatted briefly at a Shed Seven gig where he was supporting and he'd promised to get back on the show sometime. Plus he's an active Twitterer (@thequill) and will often comment when we play his songs. So we asked and he said yes and we had chat about his old stuff and his new stuff and you can listen to it all below.
The gig itself was a delight. Old songs and new songs, plus a couple of bizarre covers, lots of chat (I'm avoiding using the word banter) and a wonderfully engaging evening in a skittle alley in a pub in rural Devon. He even played Life Without Friction for me, which he says he doesn't normally play live acoustic as it's a bit tricky, because I said it was my favourite song on his latest album.
I enjoyed the interview and the gig and the next time he is playing round your way I strongly suggest that you go and see him. More info at www.markmorrissmusic.co.uk