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Terry Morrison & John Gorham

Two of Edmonton’s finest musicians have joined forces to form the powerhouse duo of Terry Morrison and John Gorham. Distinct voices in their own right, both in timbre and songwriting, the blend of the two form a unique sound. They are partners in life as well as in music and they each bring a wealth of musical experience to the combo. Their new album First Waltz released in November 2015, was produced by Stephen Fearing and recorded by Scott Franchuk. It is available through CD Baby. Or off the stage. Get your ass out to a show.

Described as ‘….one of the most intellectually compelling songwriters in town… “by Edmonton music reviewer Roger Levesque, Terry Morrison’s performances are lauded for their ability to touch her audience. A strong acoustic guitar player, Morrison combines unique melodies, phrasing and rhythm to create her own inimitable brand of contemporary roots music. Spanning a range from jazzy folk to country, her songs both sooth and cut to the quick, her rich sensual voice a vehicle for a compassionate and innate intelligence.

Terry has toured extensively throughout Canada and the USA and has performed at many Canadian folk fests including Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto’s Mariposa Festival, Vancouver Island Music Fest, Frostbite in the Yukon and both the North and South Country Fairs of Alberta. Highly respected as a songwriter she has shared the stage with Janis Ian, Tom Russell, Greg Brown, Victoria Williams and Ian Tyson, to name a few, as well as opening for songwriting icons Louden Wainwright III and Richard Thompson.

Her music is played on public radio stations CBC, CKUA in Alberta, NPR in the US and numerous college and university stations across Canada and the US. Her songs have been used by independent film makers and by the Fox Network.

Terry Morrison has 4 CD’s’ The Breaking Ground’, ‘No Covers’, ‘High Mileage Soul’ and ‘Riches and Grace’. Her music is featured on a number of compilation albums including the Smithsonian Folkways Release ‘Wild Roses, Northern Lights’ and she is part of ‘The Christmas Carol Project’.

John Gorham has that kind of gravel in his voice that provides the perfect backdrop to the storytelling in his songs. He is best known around Alberta for his work as the front man for the band “John Henry”. An accomplished musician he has played for many years as a sideman in a number of working bands as well with songwriters Lindi Smith, Lesley Schatz, Joanne Myrol, and Scott Wicken. More recently, he has developed the ‘Pleading Hearts with Terry Morrison, Chris Smith and Duke Paetz. John has opened for artists as diverse as Penny Lang, Chris Smither and Travis Tritt and toured Europe and parts of the former Soviet Union while playing with Lesley Schatz.

He currently fronts his own band John Henry (5 piece honky/swing), collaborates with Edmonton songwriter Terry Morrison, as well as devoting time to the $2 Whores.

Terry and John’s album ‘First Watlz’ and The John Henry Band CD, ‘Charmin’ Billy’, feature original songs by John Gorham.

John Gorham - Charmin Billy