Former member of the celtic bands Emerald Skye and Gabriel’s Gate, and a solo performer for many years, Bill Morris has a style that has been compared to American legend James Taylor and Scottish singer Tony Cuffe.
At home in the coffee shops and Celtic festivals in and around his home near Kansas City, Missouri, Bill brings to bear skills in both strumming and finger picking to Celtic and North American traditional music, performing arrangements of the Tommy Sands standard There Were Roses and the traditional ballad Jamie Raeburn that will surprise and delight the listener.
“Bill’s music is a breath of fresh air in the Irish music scene.”
Michael Dugger, Kelly Band
“Bill’s voice is very smooth, and often with a heartbreaking clarity. I could listen to it all day.”
Lezlie Revelle, artist, Enneagram Records
“I have heard hundreds – probably thousands – of guitar-wielding balladeers riding the Celtic/Americana wave. But Bill’s self-admitted James Taylor-like voice and the simple, clear recording techniques used on this album lent a sense of intimacy and an emotional presence that is so hard to create outside a live performance setting.”
whereToEatInKansasCity.com, reviewing Walkin’ There
“Sitting inside Stone Bridge a few weeks ago sipping a café mocha with an old friend, musician William Morris strummed his acoustic guitar. His repertoire included Celtic ballads, English chanteys and a touch of James Taylor. It was nothing short of art in its truest form. ”
Denise Jensen, Independence Examiner
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Barnyards of Delgaty. MP3. A bothy ballad from the late 1800’s.
Jami Raeburn. MP3. A ballad about the loss of home and family, from about 1840.
Maid on the Shore. MP3. Newfoundland traditional song, date unknown.
Tae the Beggin’. MP3. Scottish traditional, a variant on “Johnny Dubh”; from about 1650. Appears in America in the 1920’s as “The Red Haired Boy.”