Morrissey & Marshall

Thursday 19th September

Tickets £8   | 19:00

Plus support from The Family Dog + Tom McQ

Having just returned from Scandinavia, and after their European tour with The Magic Numbers, Morrissey and Marshall are coming home to play a string of dates, starting with their beloved hometown and favourite venue, the Workmans Club, Dublin co-headling with sensational new band, The Family Dog. A few years ago, Darren Morrissey and Greg Marshall arrived in London from Dublin with two acoustic guitars and a headful of shared dreams. They set about hauling themselves up the hard way from the rough and tumble of street corner busking and open-mic nights to playing at some of the biggest and best venues and recording studios in the city. Now it’s all about to kick off with the release of their second album, We Rise, a hard-hitting, high-kicking, rock & roll band production that reflects this period of profound personal and musical growth. For Morrissey & Marshall it’s all about the journey, literally so in the video to their anthemic single “Love and be Loved” which finds the pair taking a ride in a black cab through the London night. Their voyage begins in Queen’s Park, where they recorded their first album And So It Began (released in 2014) and its amazing successor We Rise with producer and drummer John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, Damien Dempsey). The drive progresses through Camden where the pair played their first London gig; through Trafalgar Square where in 2016 they played their biggest gig, in front of 20,000 people; and past the Abbey Road studios, where they mastered the new album and where the rest of the Morrissey & Marshall band can be seen on the famous zebra crossing as the taxi goes by. The ride ends with the two men being dropped off at their local boozer in Finchley, North London, a location that has loomed large in the shaping and making of their music over the years. “We’d be on our fifth album if it wasn’t for that damn pub,” Morrissey jokes. Morrissey & Marshall have spent the majority of their time in the capital honing and harnessing a range of classic musical influences to produce a live act and album of timeless pop-rock appeal. While their debut, And so it Began, won them plaudits as the finest pair of harmony singers to have emerged on the circuit for decades, Morrissey & Marshall have now upped their game with a new collection of songs to rival those of the very greatest groups. With its epic production and seamless combination of vocal, instrumental and songwriting prowess. “My introduction to rock & roll was seeing Oasis as a young lad at the Point Theatre in Dublin in 1997,” Morrissey says. “I remember thinking, to quote John Lennon, ‘That looks like a good job.’ The opening track of We Rise, “Cold November Sunrise” sets the tone with a whipcrack beat and divebombing psychedelic guitar riff augmented by a horn section fanfare. Hearing this, it comes as no surprise to discover that Morrissey & Marshall started out in Dublin as part of a five-man rock & roll band called the Deshonos. “Back in those days I was the lead singer and frontman doing the wild, Jim Morrison thing,” Morrissey says. “And I was the lead guitarist with the pedalboard, wanting to be like John Squire,” Marshall says. Their time subsequently spent together during the early years in London as an acoustic harmony duo was an important step forward. But it was never going to stop the rock-star blood coursing through their musical veins. “Cold November Sunrise” was an early harbinger of the move back to their rock & roll roots. “The first night we tried it out was in the Barbican supporting Sinead O’Connor,” Morrissey recalls. “It was an amazing night. Our best concert at the time and that song was the turning point. It’s about every topic that was frustrating me –anti-gay attitudes, racial prejudice, war, religion – all crammed into three minutes.”