Ones To Watch: Megan Henwood

On July 18th 2011 I witnessed a live set by someone truly remarkable and the artist in question is Megan Henwood. Although born in Reading Henwood in fact grew up in Oxfordshire. At only the age of 23 Megan has already claimed the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award along with her brother Joe back in 2009. Plus she has played a number of festivals such as the likes of Cambridge Folk Festival, Secret Garden Party and Glastonbury. The one extraordinary thing I learnt about Henwood is the fact that when she was 18 she busked around Venice, Thailand, India, Malaysia, and Nepal. Megan has also supported the London-based Child Action Nepal which is truly incredible. Her first public performance was at the age of 9! During Megan’s teenage years she performed as solo artist and with her band.

4th July 2011 saw the release of Making Waves on the label Dharma Records. The album features musicians such as Peter Knight (Steeleye Span) on fiddle, Andy Crowdy on double bass, Joe Brown (ukelele), Sam Brown (backing vocals), Mollie Marriott (backing vocals), Barriemore Barlow (Jethro Tull) on drums and Nick Fyffe (Jamiroquai) plays bass on the single Hope on the Horizon, also released at the same time as the album. Now the album is incredible and if you are a fan of folk music then this one is for you. Also it shows off her amazing song writing skills. From what I have heard from the album I can say it is a mixed bag. You have cheery Hope On The Horizon, Happy Healthy Boy which is brooding with darkness then there is White Lies which is a depressing. Well the album is acoustic folk at its best and Megan has something truly remarble as she is a talented songwriter.

So I end this by saying keep a eye out for her as she has something special.


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