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Thread

by Sally Anne Morgan

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Garden Song 04:58
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Sheep Shaped 02:36
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Wintersong 03:47
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Thread Song 05:46
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about

Sally Anne Morgan is an artist and multi-instrumentalist whose mastery of traditional folk forms is matched only by her ability to push the bounds of those forms into fresh, imaginative pastures. Known for her fiddle playing with the traditional Black Twig Pickers and the duo House and Land, Sally Anne’s debut solo album Thread establishes her as an unparalleled voice in contemporary folk. With a penchant for tuneful melodies, combined with hypnotic rhythms, the result verges on pop. The candor and austerity of Appalachian music serve as the warp to Morgan’s musical tapestries, where strands of psychedelia, rock, and experimentalism are the weft, deftly woven in intricate and beguiling patterns. Sally Anne Morgan’s Thread is centered on interconnectivity and exploration, stringing together practices both ancient and modern and brimming with simple beauties.

Morgan’s artistic practices emphasize connections to the natural world and a modern reframing of rural traditions. Both in her music, in her work as a letterpress artist, and in her rural homestead, Morgan implements conventions from bygone eras to craft work that honors and expands on those traditions. Thread traces Morgan’s myriad of influences and their deep connections, from the psychedelic leanings of Trees and the Third Ear Band, to folk singers like Jean Ritchie and Nic Jones, to Kentucky fiddler Clyde Davenport, to Pauline Oliveros and Johanna Brouk, to their roots and circling back again. The process of composing and arranging the songs across Thread found Morgan exploring the depths of her own voice, inspired as always by traditional Appalachian music, but free to explore and abandon any false notions of authenticity. Morgan spins these connections into works all her own, her original fiddle tunes, ethereal meditations, and sweeping ballads standing as timeless as their traditional counterparts.

The organic energy of Thread grows lushest with its ensemble pieces, featuring Morgan’s partner Andrew Zinn on guitar, and drummer Nathan Bowles. Bowles’ percussive flares across the record lend the folk rock edge to songs like opener “Polly on the Shore” and the neolithic stomp to the jubilant “Sheep Shaped.” Morgan retains that energy on solo pieces while allowing for space to add sparse but potent embellishments. “Garden Song” celebrates the simple pleasures of watching a garden grow, imbued with the summer warmth and paradisiacal June birdsong, through fingerstyle parlor guitar and violin countermelodies. “Wintersong,” in contrast explores the ineffable feelings and mysteries of winter. With “Sugar in the Gourd,” Morgan amplifies a traditional fiddle tune’s hypnotic, repetitive nature as well as layers in her own melodic twists that reframe the music into a piece entirely her own.

Through her elegant singing, dexterous fiddle, banjo, and guitar playing, and commanding skills as a composer, Sally Anne Morgan has established herself as an artist of singular power and grace. Those powers radiate across odes to those who have come before her, her newfound pasture, and fearless self-exploration. With Thread, Morgan has crafted a work of bountiful splendor.

credits

released September 11, 2020

Polly on the Shore - traditional
Sally: banjo, vocals
Andrew Zinn: electric guitar
Nathan Bowles: drums

Garden Song
Sally: guitar, vocals, fiddle

Sheep Shaped
Sally: fiddle
Nathan Bowles: drums

Wintersong
Sally: guitar, vocals, fiddle

Ellemwood Meditation
Sally: fiddle, piano

Thread Song
Sally: electric guitar, vocals, fiddle
Andrew Zinn: acoustic guitar
Nathan Bowles: percussion
Joseph Dejarnette: bass

Sugar in the Gourd - traditional
Sally: fiddle

Wagoner’s Lad - traditional
Sally: electric guitar, vocals

Annachie Gordon - traditional
Sally: electric guitar, vocals, banjo

All songs by Sally Anne Morgan unless otherwise noted
Traditional songs arranged by Sally Anne Morgan
Artwork by Allie Dudley
Photographs by Katrina Ohstrom
Layout by Sally Anne Morgan

Recorded by Joseph Dejarnette at Studio 808A, Floyd Virginia, except for the fiddle on Garden Song, Thread song, and Wintersong; the banjo on Annachie Gordon, and all of Sugar in the Gourd and Ellemwood Meditation - which were recorded at home or at the Hambidge Center by Sally Anne Morgan

Mixed by Jason Meagher at Black Dirt Studios

Polly on the Shore comes from a combination of the ever-inspiring Shirly Collins and Trees. This version of Sugar in the Gourd comes from Clyde Davenport. I can’t recall the source of Wagoner’s Lad. Annachie Gordon comes from Nic Jones’s version on Noah’s Ark Trap.

Thank you to Nathan Bowles, Joseph Dejarnette, Jason Meagher, Allie Dudley, Katrina ohstrom, the Hambidge Center, Charlie Hearon, Bettina Richards, Agnes, Barney, Loretta, and most of all, to Andrew.

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