Hailing from just outside of Providence, Rhode Island, Morgan Johnston is a folk singer-songwriter stomping, strumming, speaking, and singing her way to empowering both herself and her listeners. Her guitar and vocal arrangements are inspired by the natural landscape of places, such as Ireland, as much as by the emotional landscape of human experience. Currently studying to become a music therapist, she is constantly reminded of the healing power of the music that she aims to share.

 

 

Lyrics

wildflower

Well I haven’t got a plan and I haven’t got a prayer, it’s enough to add up to a bad romance. You stir the pot and I’ll let it boil, and I’ll meet you when my roots have grown.

Well I haven’t got a plan and I haven’t got a prayer, it’s enough to add up to a bad romance. You stir the pot and I’ll let it boil, and I’ll meet you when my roots have grown.

            Kick it! Ahhh ahhh... Dig it! ahh ahhh...

            Well you can take me to the backfields, just know, I’ll be my own damn wildflower.

Well you can try to plant me there and uproot me where I stand, but that’ll add up to a bad romance. You stir the pot and I’ll let it boil, but I only grow where I wanna.

            Kick it! Ahhh ahhh... Dig it! Ahh ahhh

            Well if you took me to the backfields you’d know, I’ll be my own damn wildflower.


Lady luck and Miss Fortune

Lady Luck and Miss Fortune went on into town, not to buy a thing but to get some fresh air. Lady Luck stalled when she thought of her chores til Miss Fortune saw her shaking hand.

            She said, "are you afraid of who you are?"

Lady Luck and Miss Fortune went down every aisle, not so much walking but dancing all the while. Lady Luck stalled when she thought of her kids til Miss Fortune placed a daisy in her hand.

            She said, "are you afraid of who you are?"

Lady Luck and Miss Fortune found themselves at dawn, not within the town but laid out on the lawn. Lady Luck stalled when she thought of her man til Miss Fortune offered to hold her hand

            She said, "are you afraid of who are?"

This was too real for a sign, too important for the right time, too sincere for them to be blind, but this was too fateful to turn out just fine...

Under the stars and upon sharing their scars, Lady Luck could ignore the question no longer. Miss Fortune unable to look her in the eyes, merely peered at her brows as she asked, "are you afraid of who you are?" And you know what Lady Luck said, don’t you?

                        I am, oh I am, you know I am, I am.

So Lady Luck had Miss Fortune walk her to the door, already back with her kids, her man, and her chores. Lady Luck stalled letting go of her hand, but Lady Luck had the misfortune of belonging to a man.


stronghold

I told the florist that you picked me. I told the waiter that you'd wait for me.

                    Get out of my head and hold me. Get out of my head and hold down... NOW.

I told the baker that you needed me. I told the doctor that I'd die without you.

                    Get out of my head and hold me. Get out of my head and hold down... NOW.

It is good enough to rationalize? Is it bad enough to criminalize? Just because I told myself that I'd be feeling fine by... NOW.


PHOTO

 Live at the Dedham Square Coffeehouse

Live at the Dedham Square Coffeehouse

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 Live at AS220, courtesy of Asim Barakzai

Live at AS220, courtesy of Asim Barakzai

 Live at Nick-A-Nees

Live at Nick-A-Nees

 Live at the Fiddle n' Folk Festival

Live at the Fiddle n' Folk Festival

 Courtesy of Corrine Waters

Courtesy of Corrine Waters

 Live at Wheaton College

Live at Wheaton College

 Live at the News Cafe

Live at the News Cafe

live

future:

Wednesday July 18th, 2018: Bay Spring Community Center @ 6-8PM

The Performance Cottage located behind the Bay Spring Community Center (BSCC) at 170 Narragansett Ave Barrington, RI 02806

It's been such a privilege to be a part of the BSCC's events in the past, ranging from their Local Brew series to their Fiddle n' Folk Festival and now their Backyard Sessions! I'll be playing alongside other local acts, which always nothing less than inspiring. Join us for this free event and don't forget to bring a blanket and picnic dinner if you so please. :) Also, fun fact... I played one of my very first open mics at the BSCC back in high school so that happened

Keep up with the BSCC here

Tuesday August 7th, 2018: The Middle East with Graham Peck & Dan Barracuda @ 9PM-midnight

Zuzus at 474 Mass Ave Cambridge, MA 02139

I'm thrilled to get to be a part of fellow future music therapist and my pal, Graham Peck's, album release show! Pull a "Morgan" and check out the first single off of the album, Daydreamer, on his website now.

More on Graham Peck here and Dan Barracuda here

Wednesday August 5th, 2018: North Reading Farmer's Market With Brittany Leonard @ 3:30-5PM

Ipswich River Park at 11 Central St North Reading, MA 01864

As one of my classmates in the Music Therapy master's program at Lesley University, Brittany and yours truly share a passion for spreading the healing power of music. This will be one of those shows with that exact purpose. She also happens to be a dear friend. :)

Learn more about Brittany here and the duo she also plays in here

You can find the event page here

Sunday August 19th: Hope & Main Farmer's Market @ 10AM-2PM

691 Main St Warren, RI 02885

I'll be sing-song-ing all day once again so come peruse the food and fair with me. :)

Facebook event can be found here

Sunday August 26th, 2018: Providence Folk Festival @ noon-6PM

Roger Williams National Memorial in Downtown Providence

282 North Main Street Providence, RI 02903

Organized by John Fuzek, I'll be on the Songcrafter's Stage alongside other local acts, including Jenn Lombari, Lainey Dionne, Glenn Kendzia, Kate Mick, Daphne Martin, Dan Blakeslee, and Jodie Treloar Sampson. Not too shabby of a line-up to be a part of! The esteemed Allysen Callery and Bob Kendall will be hosting us. :)

Sunday September 16th, 2018: Hope & Main Farmer's Market @ 10AM-2PM

691 Main St Warren, RI 02885

I'll be sing-song-ing all day once again so come peruse the food and fair with me. :)

Facebook event can be found here

Monday September 24th, 2018: The Acoustic Lounge @ 7PM

6 Middle St Plymouth, MA 02360

Free admission!

Note that doors open at 7PM for fooooood until 8PM when the music starts

Join us in this Women in Music series that I have the privilege of playing alongside Kala Farnham and more. The future is female and it is also at this venue, at this show, at this night!

Learn about Kala Farnham here

Check out the Facebook event page here

Sunday October 21st, 2018: Hope & Main Farmer's Market @ 10AM-2PM

691 Main St Warren, RI 02885

I'll be sing-song-ing all day once again so come peruse the food and fair with me. :)

Facebook event can be found here

Saturday December 1st, 2018: Somerville Armory cafe @ 7:30-10:30PM

191 Highland Ave Somerville, MA

Suggested donation of $10

FREE parking behind the building... phew!

As part of the Somerville Songwriter Sessions, I'll be playing alongside other local acts! Join me as I get inspired by them...

Past:

Venues...

Bay Spring Community Center (including Local Brew series) in Barrington, RI

The Galactic Theatre, Church Street Coffeehouse (including Rhode Island Songwriter's Association's Annual Women's Show) in Warren, RI

Fete Music Hall, Nick-a-Nees, AS220 (including The Empire Revue, Rhode Island Songwriters Association's Songwriters in the Round), Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House (including Rising showcase) Dusk (including feature at MadCap), The Mediator Stage (including Best of MadCap show), 46 Underground PVD, 186 Carpenter St, Flatbread Company, Askew in Providence, RI

News Cafe, The Guild (put on by Level Exchange) in Pawtucket, RI

Pub on Park (Feature at Joanne Lurgio's Open Mic), Theatre 82 at the Character's Cafe in Cranston, RI

The Find on 6 (put on by Bill McGrath) in Johnston, RI

Mooseup Valley Church in Foster, RI

Cafe Arpeggio (Feature at Art Tebett's Open Mic), S & Project Gallery of Hatch Street Studios in New Bedford, MA

Senior Recital at Wheaton College in Norton, MA

Serendipity Cafe in Maynard, MA

Dedham Square Coffeehouse in Dedham, MA

The Plough and Stars in Cambridge, MA

Victoria Station Cafe in Putnam, CT

Shared stages...

The solo acts Joanne Lurgio, Kate Mick, Sasquatch, Jake Wasson, Jamie Craighead, Chris Capaldi, Charlie Marie, Mary Day, Diane Battistello, Gracelyn Rennick, Jan Luby, Allison Giuliano, John Fuzek, Lainey Dionne, Chris Monti, Jillian Kay from RI

The bands The Vox Hunters, Bay Spring Folk, Silverteeth, Neapolitan, The Font Club from RI

The solo acts Littleboybigheadonbike, Ric Allendorf, Beth DeSombre, Rachel Marie, Cosy Sheridan from MA

The band FBGM from MA

The band Hoo:Lumes from NC

The bands Tacoma Narrows, Ransom Pier from NY

The solo act Siv Disa from NY

The solo acts Kerri Powers, Kala Farnham from CT

Festivals & Farmer's Markets

6th and 7th Annual Fiddle n' Folk Festival in Barrington, RI

Hope & Main's Schoolyard Market in Warren, RI

1st Annual Fox Point Folk Festival, PVD Fest in Providence, RI

The Big E in West Springfield, MA

 
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Contact

 
 

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As always, thank you for listening to myself, yourself, and each other.

 
 
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