GOOD TIMES WILL COME AGAIN – Released: May 27, 2016
Megson, one of the UK’s most feted folk roots duos, will release their first album of totally original songs in an ever impressive 12-year career this May, including Burn Away, a song mirroring the current plight of British steelworkers at Port Talbot and recalling the closure of Redcar back in their native Teesside.
Distinctive, inventive and charismatic, the pair’s eighth studio album Good Times Will Come Again is a musical barometer of today’s Britain. Taut and topical its “Hard Times of Old England” bent is unveiled in a collection of savvy songs peppered with pathos and politics with woven-in wry humour and ultimate notes of optimism.
Perhaps against the odds Teesside-born husband and wife Stu and Debbie Hanna have successfully melded their polar backgrounds of punk musician and classically trained singer and fine-tuned their craft to emerge as a duo standing head and shoulders above the crowd in the folk revival.
Nominated three times for Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and winners of Best Duo and Best Original Song in the Spiral Awards, Megson are never predictable, shifting effortlessly between grittiness and sensitivity, their lyrics full of widely resonating “everyman” observations.
The duo have always had a knack of getting to the heart of the matter producing songs of great warmth and humanity – and often referencing their Teesside roots, from as far back as their 2007 album “Smoke of Home”.
Here they include two songs on the plight of Britain’s steelworkers – the uptempo Burn Away and Patterns. With the future of Port Talbot’s blast furnaces hanging in the balance, the song was inspired by the tens of thousands of their fellow Teessiders once employed in the iron and steel making process – an industry whose output is still seen in such edifices as Sydney Harbour Bridge and the new World Trade Center. Says Stu: “It’s may not be the most obvious source of inspiration for a songwriter but it is in our blood. The industrial language of steelmaking is in danger of being forgotten but it’s full of colour and energy and sparks the imagination.”