Jamming Neil Young songs brought musicians together

Jay Diggins
Jay Diggins

Two professional musicians join forces for “something a bit special” at a gig at The Grand in Lancaster this weekend.

Former Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss will share the stage with Scorton multi-instrumentalist Jay Diggins and his band for a night of original music on Saturday, March 21.

Jay has worked alongside some high calibre musicians in the past, in particular acclaimed producer John Parish, who he collaborated with on his debut album Searching.

He plays guitar, harmonica, drums, bass and organ, and writes powerful, melancholic lyrics.

Jay said that he and Morriss “hit it off instantly” when they first met, “jamming through a few Neil Young tracks and sharing ideas about new songs”.

Morriss, originally from Middlesex, was the lead singer with British indie act The Bluetones from their formation in 1993 until their split in 2010.

Mark Morriss

Mark Morriss

The band scored thirteen Top 40 singles and three Top 10 albums in the UK charts, their most notable singles being Slight Return and Marblehead Johnson in the 90s.

He has recently pursued a solo career and released his second solo album, A Flash of Darkness, last year.

He said: “It’s always a pleasure to share the stage with musicians you enjoy as well as respect, and so I am very much looking forward to playing with Jay again.

“We’ve even spoken of the possibility of a collaboration on the night.”

Jay said: “Playing with Mark is great. He’s a great musician and a lovely chap. When we first got together, we just hit it off instantly...jamming through a few Neil Young tracks and sharing ideas about new songs.

“I’m really excited to be bringing Mark to Lancaster and sharing the stage, and I’m hoping we get chance to do something a bit special on the night!”

Tickets are £12/10, on the door or from the Grand’s website.