When two worlds collide in a mesh of prog rock and classical music out pops Megson, an English folk duo.
Megson will be heading West on Friday, April 28 to play at a spring concert at the United Reformed Church, Highworth at 7.45pm.
Husband and wife Stu and Debbie Hanna, who make up the duo, met while singing in the Cleveland Youth Choir. Their passion for music led them both to London, Debbie to study classical music and Stu to play in a rock band.
Eventually in 2004 they came together as Megson, named after Debbie's family dog who sadly died. They found their own sound and played the acoustic clubs around the Capital, plying their wares of songs inspired by their homeland of Teeside.
The duo caught the ear of the BBC Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris and performed a live studio session on his show. They also scooped three nominations for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and they were double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards in 2011.
Their first album, On The Side, was a mix of their own songs and traditional covers and it caught the attention of folk prince Seth Lakeman, and that led to his brother, Sean Lakeman, producing their second album called Smoke of Home.
The duo sing about what is happening in their lives creating folk tales of their own. Their album, Take Yourself A Wife, was produced while they were planning their wedding. It included tracks which were a Megson take on old Victorian folk songs. When I Was A Lad features traditional children's songs and new tracks written for Debbie and Stu's first child.
Tickets to see Megson perform in Highworth are £13 each (includes a glass of wine or juice) and are available from The Lighthouse Bookshop in Highworth High Street; from Derrick Beer on 01793 762070 or from www.wegottickets.co.uk - Flicky Harrison