Folk songs have always told stories, but how Maddie makes her mark is by turning this storytelling into action. Describing her as "leading the next generation of socially conscious songwriters" is born out on this single. "She takes traditional song in new directions to shine a light on contemporary issues, offering new perspectives about the world we live in today". The first single from an Ep to be called 'Upstream' she has a distinctive, fresh singing style that sits with the spars guitar, strings, and piano backing. More proof that folk based singer songwriting is thriving in 2022.
-Fatea Magazine Website
Maddie Morris is an artist who strives to make a difference in the world. Bold, insightful and refreshingly unique, she takes traditional song in new directions to shine a light on contemporary issues, offering new perspectives about the world we live in today. After graduating with a first-class honours degree from Leeds Conservatoire, Maddie soon made waves by winning the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, as well as landing a grant from the Alan Surtees Trust. From these firm foundations, her career has gone from strength to strength, with recent performances including Cropredy and Cambridge Folk Festival.
Folk songs have always told stories, but how Maddie makes her mark is by turning this storytelling into action. Described by Jim Moray as “leading the next generation of socially conscious songwriters”, she uses her work to highlight inequality, challenge viewpoints and provide an inclusive space for shared experiences. She was recently commissioned by Rural Arts to explore LGBTQIA+ experiences through traditional music, and has also been proud to collaborate with organisations such as Queer Folk, Esperance and Trans Pride Brighton.
Whether she’s turning a centuries-old ballad on its head or writing something completely new, Maddie places her focus on drawing out true meaning rather than being true to tradition. From tweaking tunings to adding ornamentation, she’s never afraid to put her own stamp on things and create something distinctively her own.
Maddie released her debut EP, Purgatory, in 2020 - a reflection on the experiences of lockdown, which was recorded at home. Two years on, she’s following this up with her first studio release, Upstream, a beautifully crafted collection of songs which amplifies the stories of those often marginalised by society. Passionately political, yet gently understated, this is music that deftly treads the path between art and activism.
'Maddie Morris is an extremely accomplished young singer - not just the possessor of a haunting and delicately ornamented vocal style, but also a performer with serious insight into how to tell a story in song. Traditional ballads or inclusive social commentary - she always connects with the deepest meaning in her material. Not to be missed by any audience wanting to hear something new and passionate.
- Nancy Kerr
“Maddie's voice is extraordinary and matched with her beguiling guitar playing she can't possibly go wrong. For such a young performer her lyrics are wise beyond her years. Our small rural village hall audience was enraptured throughout the evening. I can't wait to hear her again” - Castle Carrock
'Singers don't win awards for no reason. Maddie has a voice like liquid gold. It weaves and flows around her choice of the most gorgeous songs, leaving you feeling content with the world but wanting more from Maddie Morris. Her friendly chat gives you just enough information to engage with the songs. Definitely, one to watch!'
- Morag Butler - Rosslyn Court
“Maddie gave a warm smile, took a deep breath...and sang. Instantly we were all mesmerised by that beautiful voice and the audience was wrapped in her lyrical music and endearing personality”
-Harrogate Folk Club