Country In The Afternoon Festival
William Michael Morgan + Kezia Gill + Gary Quinn + O&O
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
Cumbrae Promotions fantastic Country in the Afternoon festival returns to The Half Moon for another weekend celebrating all things country and Americana.
William Michael Morgan (born May 13, 1993) is an American country music singer and songwriter from Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was signed to Warner Bros. Nashville.
His debut single "I Met a Girl", reached number two on the Country Airplay chart and number eight on the Hot Country Songs chart in October 2016; the song was co-written with Sam Hunt. The album's second single "Missing", was released to country radio on November 7, 2016. His debut studio album Vinyl, was released on September 30, 2016. Morgan parted ways with Warner Bros. Nashville in January 2019.
Derby Based Singer/Songwriter Kezia Gill, has been singing professionally for over 10 years. A delicious mix of Irish and country influence, her sound is completely unique. Kezia plays all over the country, not only performing her own material, but bringing her own vocal style to a variety of classic covers; With her unique vocal style, and skilled acoustic guitar playing, she makes every song her own. 2017 saw the official release of her self titled Album “Kezia”. It received support from BBC Introducing and the title track “House of cards” reached no 22 in the line dance charts. 2018 was an extremely successful year, seeing Kezia win Female Vocalist of the year at the CCN Awards, and take home the Peoples Choice Award for Soloist of the year at the BCMA Awards. 2019 already looks to be her best year yet, kicking off with a tour in Australia, including the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and a trip to Nashville planned for later in the year., as well as numerous festival appearances yet to be announced. With new music and videos scheduled for release in the next few months, Kezia’s success shows no sign of slowing down.
A 5 time British Country Music Association Awards winner including most recently retaining 'Male Vocalist of the Year 2017' and previously 'UK Songwriter of the Year' and consecutive 'Song of the Year' honours, Northern Irishman Gary Quinn has become one of British country music’s more established performers. Quinn cites U.S. country artists such as Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley as influences, has recently opened for the visiting CMA Songwriters Series, toured with Phil Vassar and shared the stage with acts such as Kristian Bush, Sarah Darling and hall of fame songwriter Bob DiPiero. An accomplished performer, Quinn is just as comfortable with a pen in his hand and has recently collaborated with Grand Ole Opry member and Grammy winner Steve Wariner as well as Benita Hill (Garth Brooks), Jenn Bostic and David C Banning (Joey & Rory, Chris Cagle).
Quinn and his band have performed at one of Europe’s most prestigious country festivals ‘Country2Country’ in London on numerous occasions, The Long Road Festival and Manchester’s ‘Buckle & Boots’ as well as festivals the length and breadth of the UK and Europe. Gary recently toured the Gold Coast of Australia culminating in a performance on the Toyota Stage at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Additional to his live appearances Quinn can be seen regularly on TV with his videos receiving airtime on regional and international TV programmes. Gary recently returned from Nashville having been invited to appear on Phil Vassar’s ‘Songs From The Cellar’ TV show recorded live from Phil’s home in Tennessee.
A regular performer at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, he has performed alongside Nashville recording artists Carlene Carter, John Brannen and Nanci Griffith as well as opening for a CMA Songwriter Series show that included Clint Black and Bill Anderson. Quinn is also no stranger to performing in Nashville having played the CMA Music Fest and the CMA Global Artist Party at iconic venue ‘The Stage’ on Broadway.
// Origin: USA & Israel // Genre: Country/Americana // Line-up: 2 Vocals, 1 Guitar
With the release of their first three singles, American-Israeli duo O&O have garnered the attention of Chris Country Radio, Richer Unsigned, UK Country Radio and notable Country music blogs in the UK and across the pond, gaining features on Nashville's The Boot and The Bluegrass Situation. The London-based Country-Americana duo completed a successful summer UK tour with festival appearances at Black Deer, Buckle & Boots, and Cambridge Folk Festival. O&O have recently returned with their long-awaited debut EP Truth Comes Out a collection of honest, heart-rending songs.
O&O are comprised of Colorado-native, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Obadiah Jones, and Israeli vocalist, Orian Peled. The pair met and established their deep connection as a songwriting partnership whilst studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and were awarded the unique opportunity of a one-on-one songwriting session with Sir Paul McCartney.
Their self-released debut single ‘Traveling’ - with the “perfect harmonies” praised by sites such as The Daily Country and Building Our Own Nashville, showed all the signs of early success, with support across the British music scene, while proceeds from the single and donations raised during a series of pop-up concerts in collaboration with Busk In London and Network Rail went towards raising awareness of national charity Youth Music and its music-making projects for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances. More recently, the duo were one of the highlights of this year’s Country to Country festival at the O2 Arena, with W21 Music describing their “lovely harmonies”; and one of a handful of acts chosen to record an exclusive Under The Apple Tree acoustic session at the event, aired in a special edition of the show on Chris Country Radio.
Following the release of two further standalone singles this year 'Some Days' & ‘Tears In The Rain', with videos premiering on major US site The Boot & The Bluegrass Situation; the duo’s debut EP was released in September 2018 and is available to stream/download now.