Maddie Morris is a contemporary folk musician who won the BBC radio 2 young folk award in 2019 and has been described by Jim Moray as "leading the next generation of socially conscious songwriters."
Maddie’s music uses personal story telling to embody political idea’s, and their music tackles issues ranging from LGBTQIA identities to poverty, sexual violence, and voting to name a few. Maddie’s work with activism is not only embodied in their performance, in 2018 Maddie spent time in Pescara Italy working on a song writing project with Nigerian refugees as part of “House of Europe''. In 2018 Maddie also completed an EU joint headline tour with activist Chuck SJ with gigs including the opening of the LGBT history month events in Gent Belgium.
Some of Maddie’s notable performances include headlining at The Finborough arms in London as part of their “register to vote'' series of gigs prior to the 2019 election. Maddie has supported a number of well-known names in the folk scene including Steve Tilson at TwickFolk, James Findlay with The Maltings theatre, Pons Aelius at Folk club Newcastle, Maz O’Connor at The Stables. Maddie has also played at Numerous venues and folk clubs throughout England including playing at folk festivals including Manchester folk festival, Sidmouth Folk Festival and Leigh folk festival and performed on the main stage at Trans Pride Brighton in 2019. Maddie has also been booked to perform at Cropredy, Towersey, Shepley, Kimpton and Cambridge folk festivals in 2021.
Maddie recently completed their degree in Traditional folk music at Leeds Conservatoire, studying under artists like Nancy Kerr, Jim Moray, Jacqulyn Hynes and Pete Flood. During this time, Maddie not only won the Young folk award but was included in New Roots and won the Alan Surtees Trust Fund for emerging traditional artists. In 2020 Maddie was awarded the Peter Robert CBE Memorial Prize for the student with the highest overall mark across all undergraduate programmes in the Leeds City region. Maddie also won the Conservatoire prize given to the student with the highest mark on their pathway in 2018,2019 and 2020.
In 2020 Maddie crowdfunded and released her first EP “Purgatory”, as part of a project where they wrote and recorded a song a day for their first week in self isolation. Though the project was written without specific meaning or intention, the album was later described as being the “manifesto for survivors of abuse forced to self-isolate in the COVID19 Pandemic.”
"Maddie Morris is an extremely accomplished young singer - not just the possessor of a haunting and delicately ornamented vocal style, but also a performer with serious insight into how to tell a story in song. Traditional ballads or inclusive social commentary - she always connects with the deepest meaning in her material. Not to be missed by any audience wanting to hear something new and passionate"
- Nancy Kerr
"Maddie is a stunning singer who is leading the next generation of socially conscious songwriters"
- Jim Moray
"Maddie's voice is like liquid fire; her songs are heart-drive, emotive and full of social conscience. An amazing artist."
- Rachael Sutcliffe
"Maddie is an exciting young songwriter with an amazing soulful voice - expect great things!"
- Pete Flood