Former Bluetones frontman joins Jay for special Grand gig

Mark Morriss
Mark Morriss

A mutual friend helped spark a musical relationship between two artists “of a certain age”.

Scorton musician Jay Diggins will be joined by Mark Morriss, former lead singer of The Bluetones, at a gig at The Grand Theatre in Lancaster next year.

Famous for their 90s tracks Marblehead Johnson and Slight Return, The Bluetones scored 13 top 40 singles and three top 10 albums in the UK charts.

They played a farewell tour in 2011, before Morriss embarked on a solo career. His latest album, A Flash of Darkness, was released this year.

Jay Diggins released his debut album Searching last year, and is working on a follow up, due for release next year.

Jay, who has also supported From The Jam and The South this year said: “The gig came about in part through a mutual friend who thought we’d be a great match together, in that we both sing and play guitar, have a love of great live music and perhaps are both of a certain age!

“Over the last couple of years I have found that, although I write music alone, I really enjoy playing with other artists, as this helps me keep the music fresh and moves it forward.

“I’m so excited about this show, and it is a real honour for me to be back performing at The Grand Theatre, as the acoustics and feel of the place is just so perfect and personal.”

Jay said he would be playing some new tracks, as well as two unreleased that were written years ago. The show takes place on March 21.

Jay added: “Earlier in March, I’m doing another gig with Mark Morriss for The Intimate Gig Company in an 18th Century B&B in Llanmynech, Wales, and there are also plans to do some more dates together.”

Jay will also be performing at Forton Village Hall at a charity gig for Stepping Stones Pre School, where his children went, and has been asked to support n Henry Priestman, formerly of The Christians, at Settle Victoria Hall on February 27.