Elliott Morris

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Elliott Morris is a young guitarist and singer/songwriter prominent in the Lincolnshire, UK music scene who is known for his unorthodox style[1] of percussive guitar.[2]

Morris was originally the guitarist for young band Eponymous,[3] but decided to go solo after most of his bandmates went off to university. He plays a custom made Hania guitar, built by Martin Harrison in 2009.[4]


Morris was profiled on BBC Introducing on 23 July 2010. He cited Frank Turner, John Martyn, John Mayer and Eric Roche as influences. In fact, it was the latter who turned Elliott to his style of percussive guitar playing: "My guitar teacher Andy Taylor showed me an Eric Roche DVD and from then on I knew that is what I wanted to do." [2][5]

Morris has appeared at the Cambridge Folk Festival for three years.[6] His "energetic style of highly percussive playing" at the Lincoln Folk Festival, where he opened for Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, received a highly positive review from the Northern Sky Online Music Mag.[7] He has also opened for Men Diamler – Beltane at The Buxton Festival Fringe.[8] His virtuosic style has been described as "rhythmic, complex, unpretentious."[9]

The "specialized heavy duty guitar" which Morris plays was custom built by Martin Harrison, known for his work with rock stars, and is mentioned in a 2010 BBC story as an example of this top guitar builder's work.[10] In 2011, one of the world's largest guitar manufacturers, Cort Guitars, featured Morris in its demonstration videos of new acoustic guitar models.[11]


Elliott has so far self-released 4 EPs since 2008.[12][13][14] In 2011, Something Like This, earned him considerable exposure, with Lincoln Unsigned stating that the "standard response when asking if others are aware of him has gone from "Don't you mean Elliott Minor?" to "Is he the one that hits his guitar?" ".[15]

TV Lincoln wrote " Elliott...is one of the most talented and hard-working musicians in Lincolnshire today, mixing impressive melodic and percussive acoustic guitar work with catchy hooks and a growing maturity. His latest four-track collection is both his poppiest and most adult work yet, and shows how he deserves his place as one of Britain's most up-and-coming musicians."[16]

Something Like This reached number 11 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart shortly after its release on 25 July 2011. This followed Spend Some Time, a number 1 single on the same iTunes chart which was a collaboration with Dancing Lotus, released in April 2011.[14][17]

Elliott's brother Bevan, produced and played Bass, Drums and Double Bass on Elliott's latest two EPs.

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  1. ^ "Spotlight: Elliott Morris". The Linc. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b BBC "BBC Introducing Elliott Morris", BBC Introducing, 13 July 2010, accessed 26 August 2011.
  3. ^ (9 May 2007). Local Groups in Battle of the Bands, Horncastle News ("Eponymous are Elliott Morris on lead guitar and vocals, Tom Jeeves on bass guitar and Vocals, Alex Watts on rhythm guitar and Vocals and Richard Parsons on drums.")
  4. ^ Brown, Georgai (8 August 2008). Elliott Morris live in session on The Mix: Introducing..., BBC, accessed 26 August 2011.
  5. ^ (12 February 2010), The 5:19 Show (BBC Switch) (interview and performance)
  6. ^ "Elliott Morris on MySpace". Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Wilkinson, Allan (21 September 2008). "Live Review: Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick". Northern Sky Online Music Mag. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Buxton Festival Fringe, Men Diamler – Beltane". July 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Fuller, Calum (9 October 2008). "Elliott Morris @ The Jolly Brewer – Review". Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Rock and Roll star guitar maker". BBC Lincolnshire. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "New Product Videos Featuring Elliott Morris". Cort Guitars and Basses. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  12. ^ (30 December 2008). New wave of young guitarists at Hub, Sleaford Standard ("Elliott Morris, a Horncastle based guitarist and songwriter who is beginning to build a reputation nationally... Elliott, who recently issued his first EP...")
  13. ^ (31 July 2010). Elliott Releases EP, Lincolnshire Echo ("Elliott played the festival in support of his new EP, A Matter of Time, which is released digitally today.")
  14. ^ a b (15 July 2011). New EP for iTunes star Elliott, Horncastle News
  15. ^ Markwell, Johnathon "Review: Elliott Morris ‘Something Like This’", Lincoln Unsigned, 2 August 2011, accessed 26 August 2011.
  16. ^ Bown, Thomas "Elliott Morris – Something Like This – Out NOW!", TV Lincoln, 29 July 2011, accessed 26 August 2011.
  17. ^ (4 April 2011). Hip-hop act Dancing Lotus and guitarist Elliott Morris have big plans, Lincolnshire Echo

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