Nominated four times for Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and winners of Best Duo and Best Original Song in our ‘esteemed’ Spiral Awards, Megson ( aka Stu & Debs Hanna) – named after a late canine friend-seem to have mastered the art of being both gritty and sensitive, partisan and passive with material that resonates and gets straight to the heart of the human condition.
Kieran Knowles trained at LAMDA, Loughborough University and on the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme. He has written for the BBC, the Sheffield Crucible, LAMDA and the Manchester Royal Exchange and his work has been performed to critical acclaim across the UK and in New York.
“The tension between reporter Kieran Knowles’ righteous anger and the heart breaking harmonies from Teesside folk duo Megson grabs the audience like a six-inch headline.”–East Anglian Bylines
In 2023 they combined their skills to produce ‘The Herald ‘an amalgamation of ten original Megson compositions with a narrative that brings the songs to life. A journalist returns to his home town to work for his local paper where he discovers the courage it takes to inves.gate truths, the danger of reporting realites and the pressure we put upon stories. Megson and Kieran are joined by the phenomenal double bass player John Parker (Nizlopi) who adds another level to Megson’s already breathtaking music.
Stu & Debs say:
“We’d been looking for a way to collaborate with Kieran for a few years and whilst we were writing our latest album ‘What Are We Trying To Say’ the theme of media kept cropping up. This seemed the perfect theme to combine with Kieran’s amazing storytelling skills. It has been a fascinating process to take part in and observe the many parallels between script writing and songwriting. The outcome of the project is something we are immensely proud of.”
“Writing with music has been something I have always wanted to try. Writing with Stu and Debs’ music has been a bloody honour! I am a big fan of Megson and their work, and getting the opportunity to respond to their material and collaborate on ‘The Herald’ has been such a thrill.‘The Herald’ itself is a little story about the dying art of local journalism, nestled inside a Folk Gig which explores the voice we have, how we use it and what we want to change”
‘The Herald’ began life as a short UK tour in 2023. Due to the tour’s success they teamed up again to produce an audio recording of the show-recorded live in London Road Studios, Baldock in May 2023.They will be celebrating the release of this audio recording by showcasing The Herald in London, Kings Cross on Oct 18th at the historic Water Rats Tavern.