Musician Bevan Morris, from West Ashby, has won a prestigious Danny Kyle Award at this year’s Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow with his Newcastle based ‘progressive folk’ sextet Pons Aelius.
The competition saw 73 musical acts perform on the Danny Kyle Open Stage at the Royal Concert Halls over the course of the festival, with only six winning a spot at the final night showcase on February 1.
Bevan joined the band whilst studying at university Newcastle. Since forming in the middle of last year, the band has gone from strength to strength, ending 2014 with a headline performance in Hall 2 of Sage Gateshead.
They’ve developed a bold and exciting sound that fuses their traditional music roots with a fresh and innovative attitude.
“After we’d played our first set on the 29th, we couldn’t stop thinking about whether we’d be asked back”, said piper Jordan Aikin, “when we finally got the call we were absolutely buzzing!”.
Pons Aelius comprises of Jordan Aikin (Highland bagpipes/whistle), Tom Kimber (mandolin/tenor banjo/piano), Bevan Morris (double bass), Alasdair Paul (guitar/bouzouki), Sam Partridge (flute), and Callum Younger (bodhrán).
As part of the award, the six successful bands are booked for a support slot at next year’s festival, as well as at the opening concert of the 2016 Danny Awards.
They also join a select club of winners, which includes leading acts such as Karine Polwart, Breabach, Rura and The Chair.
With the Danny under their belt, 2015 looks set to be a great year for the band: “We’re away to Norway next week and have some other really exciting gigs in the pipeline, as well as plans to get into the studio” said Bevan.
The late Danny Kyle was a Scottish folk singer who championed new folk and traditional music. You can listen again to Bevan’s performance with Pons Aelius online at www.celticmusicradio.net