Angeline Morrison is a vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and morris dancer based in Cornwall, who believes in the inherent beauty of sad songs, and who draws inspiration from the little things in nature that often go unnoticed. Angeline’s homespun sonic aesthetic, deeply emotive writing and layered vocal harmonies are all stitched together to make small, tender, often dark stories in song.
Recent download-only singles include ‘Ophelia’, a dreamy meditation on the fleeting thoughts, visions and imaginings of Shakespeare’s heroine as she floats downstream… ‘Clouds Never Move’ is a tiny reflection on the importance of speaking your truth, even when the truths of others seem so very much louder. This song was composed as a response to the killing of George Floyd in 2020, the accompanying video is intended to provide a soothing place of repose.
Angeline’s music has been played on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 (Late Junction), and BBC 6 Music (Gideon Coe, Lauren Laverne, Cerys Matthews, Stuart Maconie’s FreakZone). Angeline’s co-writes can be heard in Netflix series Atypical, in US detective series Ray Donovan, and in a major Hollywood movie, amongst other places… As a collaborator, you may have heard Angeline’s voice and songwriting as part of unorthodox alt-folk duo We Are Muffy, as half of psych-folk duo Rowan : Morrison, as beat-folk-noir The Ambassadors of Sorrow, or as half of 1960s soul revivalists The Mighty Sceptres.
Currently Angeline Morrison is working on an album of material that seeks to re-story blackness into the folk songs of these islands. The Sorrow Songs : Folk Songs of Black British Experience involves researching the ordinary and extraordinary lives of the historic black population of these islands, and storying them into songs in the folk style. The UK’s historic black presence is well documented, but not well known – and certainly not well represented in our folk songs. The Sorrow Songs seeks to tell these hidden histories in the form of folk songs, and in some small way to add to the voices represented in our folk songs. The Sorrow Songs : Folk Songs of Black British Experience is funded by Arts Council England, The English Folk Dance and Song Society, and FEAST Cornwall.
“Dark, unsettling folk that verges on the hymnal” (BBC Introducing).
“Uncommonly beautiful” (VelvetSheep.com)
“[Clouds Never Move]… is one of the softest, yet most succinct statements on speaking your own truth possibly ever recorded. 2020 needed a record like this one, badly”. (Record Crates United).