Mick Morris

Mick Morris - Reflections Album CoverCD title: Reflections
Artiste: Mick Morris

Mick's love affair with the guitar began a long time ago and shows no signs of tailing off. After a couple of musical false starts on violin and piano at the age of seven he eventually found his feet when aged twelve he was presented with a small four-string guitar. By the following year he had formed his own skiffle group having persuaded several of his school friends that they wanted to be  musicians too!

A year later an offer to join a dance band provided him with a valuable musical apprenticeship and introduced him to a wider range of music. When cornered, he has been known to describe himself as a jazz player but is, it seems, equally happy playing in blues, rock, country or folk styles. Musically speaking Mick says says his influences have been too many too mention (despite which, he does mention a few!) and that it has always been the instrument rather than any particular style of music that mattered to him. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the diversity of the all original material on the 'Reflections' album, where scarcely any two tracks share any common musical ancestry.

Mick has worked as an accompanist to numerous stage & TV artists and, as a member of various bands over the years, has frequently opened for and played alongside some of the biggest names in the business. He was also a founder member of 70's cult prog-rock band MIRKWOOD whose eponymous 1973 album continues to attract favourable reviews and has recently been re-released on the Red Admiral label.

Mick is also a proficient player of several other instruments including banjo, mandolin, keyboards and drums and has even been known to sing a bit! He is currently writing a book about life as a semi-pro musician called 'Don't Give Up The Day Job!', which among other stories includes recollections of the numerous occasions when his dad's well meaning advice won the day over tempting offers of work. He is also currently writing and recording songs for a new album provisionally titled 'Sooner or Later'.

Other musical activities
Teaching guitar and music theory
Co-publisher of now discontinued magazine for drummers, 'Drums UK'

Instruments played
Acoustic and electric guitars
Irish, plectrum and 5-string banjos

Has been a member of
The Asteroids Skiffle group
The (original) Rolling Stones
The Playboys
Take 5
The Bod Bowles Jazz Band
The Bill Barnacle Jazz Band
The Dave Corsby Band
The Geoff Miller Band
Easy Action

Has accompanied/gigged with/supported (among others) with (some) notes
Roy Castle
The Moody Blues (what a sound!)
The Searchers
Supertramp (nice guys – mixed our sound for us then said we sounded worryingly good as support!)
Noel Redding (a personal friend and a really good guitarist sadly no longer with us)
Arthur Askey (could be the only guitarist ever to have accompanied him on his 'Busy Little Bee'!)
The Fortunes
Keith Harris (accompanied him and Orville for a few songs!)
Cream (superb – I'd supported Eric before but this was something else)
John Mayall (several times - with Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Mick Fleetwood & John McVie)
Ted Nugent
Chris Farlowe (The first time I met Albert Lee, one of my favourite players and a lovely guy)
Pete Bocking (friend & superb guitarist – in 1974 turned down offer to replace Pete in Lonnie Donegan's group for summer season)
Alan Price
Joe Harriott (Alto sax colossus & free form jazz pioneer sadly deceased)
Georgie Fame
Little and Large (better than on the telly!)
Tina Turner
The Spotniks (couldn't play their big hit 'Orange Blossom Special' live so we played it for them! – turned down manager's offer to go to Sweden and record)
Nero & The Gladiators
John Scott Cree (A good friend and great entertainer)
Wee Willie Harris (as drummer – nice guy - bought me a bottle of scotch for 'doing a good job!)
Topper Headon (The Clash – and drummer with Mirkwood for a couple of years)
Albert Lee
Cliff Bennett (supported Cliff in 1961 -  great singer - & turned down his manager's offer to play residency in Hamburg so never did get to meet the Beatles!)
The Barron Knights
The Yardbirds
Larry Grayson's Generation Game
Long John Baldry
Freddie Starr
Joe Brown
Screaming Lord Sutch
Sybil Talbot (great jazz singer – should have been famous)
Shotgun Express (with Rod Stewart on vocals & Mitch Mitchell on drums)
Tony Coe (fantastic musician - Henry Mancini's 'Pink Panther theme' sax soloist)
Sounds Incorporated
Kenneth McKellar (played the bagpipe solo from 'Amazing Grace' on guitar!)
Alvin Stardust
Geno Washington (with The Ram Jam Band one of the most exciting acts I've seen)
Pat Halcox (Chris Barber Jazz Band)
Junior Walker (over here on tour)


Lots, mostly private recordings - very few released! But just for the record (!) here they are:

Single   The Rolling Stones        When my little girl is smiling/Summertime                 Wout Steenhuis, 1961

Single   Take 5                          In the meantime/Ride my see-saw           Independent Records, 1967

Album  Mirkwood                    Mirkwood             Flams, 1973 & reissues

Album  Whirligig                        Whirligig Live at the Louis Armstrong      CMS Records, 1977

Single   Sybil Talbot & Mick Morris  When Sunny gets blue/Every time we say goodbye  Sean Talbot, 1979

Album  Easy Action  When Sunny gets blue                 One weekend in Chelmsford            Diploma, 1982

CD       Fairisle             St. Patrick's night live!                  No label, 2005

CD       Mick Morris   The Bishop of Elphin(and other Irish-flavoured banjo & guitar instrumentals)  No label, 2006

CD       Mick Morris    Late (a compilation of jazz guitar standards recorded between1974 and 2007) No label, 2007

CD       Mick Morris   Reflections   Red Admira Records REDAD CDA559 2008
1. Cirrus
2. For Tal
3. Travellin’
4. Shalakiboukie
5. Texan Connection
6. Nitpickin’
7. Ranchero
8. Holy Water
9. San Antone
10. Prelude To Concierto Pequeno
11.St. Bart’s Blues
12.The River

CD       Mick Morris  Sooner or Later                        Not yet complete


Article in GEAR magazine June 2009