Introducing Mr Barry Morgan
“He puts the Boss in Bossa Nova, he’s the patron saint of the safari suit: he’s Barry Morgan”, and is the celebrity organ salesman (performed by musician/performer Stephen Teakle) who is wooing audiences with the golden syrup sounds of his vintage 1980s, Hammond Aurora Classic.
Barry’s World of Organs theatre show is journey of musical comedy that introduces the many features of his beloved Aurora. When not in his World of Organs Superstore in the Sunnyside Mall, in the beautiful city of Churches, Adelaide, you can find Barry touting the joy of the organ to audiences far and wide. Barry’s enthusiastic manner, contagious smile and musical skill all help convey his deep love of organs. The rich and rollicking musical sounds of the Hammond are projected from a classic veneer speaker cabinet and the impressive array of the organ’s keys, buttons and lights are caught on Barry’s cockpit cam and displayed on large screens either side of stage. With enough cheese to match his infectious smile, the organ’s various sounds and features are exploited by Barry to achieve velvet tones, luscious lounge, exotic tangos, and grooves “as modern as tomorrow”. Barry’s hilarious performance creates an utterly charming visual and aural experience that cannot be resisted.
Plucked from obscurity to perform on ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks, Barry Morgan became an instant audience favourite. Barry was invited back to perform on “A Very Specky Christmas”, and had the incredible honour of closing with a stellar cast from Dan Sultan to Hamish and Andy.
Said Adam Hills, “One of the most popular performers on Spicks and Specks in 2010”
After sell-out national appearances across the country in Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide, Barry Morgan performed his show at the Melbourne International Comedy festival. This was followed by 2 sell-out shows at The Famous Spiegeltent at the Arts Centre in Melbourne.
In late April, he made 2 more TV appearances. On ABC 2 TV, April 27 at 7.30 pm he appeared live on the Marngrook Footy show where he performed a medley of Football Anthems. Then on 29th April, by royal appointment (well sort of) he performed on Ch 10s The Circle Royal Wedding special.
The rest of 2011 will be very busy for Barry Morgan with several national appearances including the Falls Festival and a return season at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival in October. His debut Album (with Perambulator Records) is due to be released early next year.
Barry is headed for big things in 2011/12 with interest from a number of major Music and Arts Festivals in Australia and growing interest from the UK. Barry would love to appear regularly on a TV show where he can bring his love of the organ to a wider audience!
“With one hand on his organ and another on the pulse of his audience, cult hit Barry Morgan unleashed his 1981 Hammond Aurora Classic on an enthusiastic crowd. ****”
The Advertiser, Adelaide Feb 17, 2011
“…This is one of the most unique shows of the festival…”
Mathew Cooke, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2011.
“… all polyester safari suit and blow wave hair, a Spicks and Specks favourite … joyous clean fun…” Megan Miller, Herald Sun, Melbourne. Four stars.
“This is entertainment with a capital E. Who knows, Adelaide’s own Barry Morgan may yet become this city’s greatest icon. Bigger than Don Dunstan, bigger than Bung Fritz!” Indaily’sBlog – Fringe Reviews music, Peter C Pugsley
Enquiries: Lucy Eames
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