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ess Morgan has a sharp wit, a storyteller’s tongue and sincere humility despite the talent that’s seen her


picked up by those in the know, including the priceless attention of Steve Lamacq. We could be satisfied knowing she’s simply a delightful musician, with the sweetest lilt that shares folk’s secrets, but it makes it all the nicer when Jess is all kinds of nice herself. Jess accepts our apology for listing her not once, but twice, in this magazine as first, Jeff Morgan, and second, Jess Organ. Far from being disgruntled at now being confused for someone who sounds like a 70s bassoon player, Jeff Organ, Jess is her perpetually delightful self as she gives us her time before her NAC gig this month…


You’re playing a homecoming show in March, which looks to follow suit and sell out like your last. You’re well travelled, but is there nothing like playing on home turf? I really hope it does. Playing a big gig at home for me is so much more than a gig – it’s a celebration, an exam, a thanks, a please and a massive milestone all in one. I feel nervous just thinking about it!


Te tour stretches well beyond Norwich, with a good many dates. Is the road your new home? How do you respond to life on the road? I wondered for a while whether, beyond the obvious advantages of saving on fuel costs and being able to focus your effort, there was much point to touring. I mean – playing consecutive days as opposed to just gigging at regular intervals. I wondered if touring like that was one of the leftovers of the old model – and that maybe musicians were kidding themselves if they think we can carry on romanticising when the industry has changed so dramatically and music is so readily available to anyone in so many different ways. But as soon as I get stuck into a tour I remember the amazing feeling of packing up your car and going off – I love it. It forces you to up your game and rediscover your resilience. For me it’s extra challenging because I'm a nervous driver and I don't


18 /March 2013/ outlineonline.co.uk


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