Debs and Stu are bringing Megson music to Hitchin this weekend

Husband and wife folk duo Megson appear at Hitchin Folk Club in November. Picture by Ellie Lucas

Husband and wife folk duo Megson appear at Hitchin Folk Club in November. Picture by Ellie Lucas - Credit: Archant

The music business is littered with tales of husband and wife partnerships who found the stresses and strains of sharing life on stage, on the road and eventually back at home too much to handle.

But teaming up 24/7 doesn’t seem to trouble Debs and Stu Hanna, whose enduring double act has been garlanded with all sorts of awards and praise.

As Megson, they’ve been nominated three times for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and are two time winners of the prestigious Spiral Earth Awards, with respected music commentator Robin Denselow describing them as “the most original duo on the British folk scene.”

Debs (vocals, whistle, piano accordion) and Stu (guitar, mandola, banjo) draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars.

And fans say that they prize them not just for arresting and intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour.

Last year’s studio album In A Box, featuring guest turns from well-regarded names Seth Lakeman, Jess Morgan and The Willows, earned a big thumbs up from the critics who hailed a rich acoustic mix of miners, lovers, charlatans and whimsy which was summed up as “about as traditional as folk gets, but never sounds old or dulled.”

They’re appearing at Sunday’s Hitchin Folk Club session and also on the bill is singer-songwriter Annie Dressner, who has been building a name for herself on this side of the pond since crossing the Atlantic from New York City to the UK three years ago.

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Tickets to the gig at the town’s Sun Hotel are £12 for members and £14 for non-members.

Doors open at 7.30pm with the music due to start at 8.15pm.

Find out more about what’s in store later in the season online at www.hitchinfolkclub.co.uk.

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