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:

Saturday march 23rd, 2019: Victoria Station Cafe with Kala Farnham & Ric Allendorf @ 7:30PM

91 Main Street Putnam, CT 06260

Any day I get to share the stage with either of these songwriters is a treat, but both is gonna be one for the books. Can’t wait to return to this intimate venue and hope you’ll join. In the meantime, learn about the awe inspiring and soul empowering Kala Farnham here and Ric Allendorf here!

Saturday April 6th, 2019: With Alidade & FBGM @ 6:30PM

This is gonna be a superbly special house show! Potluck starts at 6:30PM and music starts at 7:30PM… those are literally two of my favorite things: food and music haha. Don’t hesitate to ask me for the address of said house in Providence so that you can be my third favorite thing there!

Get a preview of Alidade here and FBGM here!

Tuesday April 16th, 2019: AS220 with Liam Dailey, Rat Ruckus, & Viking Jesus @ 9PM- midnight

115 Empire Street Providence, RI 02903

Check out Liam Dailey’s music here, Rat Ruckus here, and Viking Jesus here

You can also RSVP to the Facebook event here

Saturday May 4th, 2019: Bay Spring Community Center with Larson Gunness, Chris Capaldi, & John Wemple @ 7-9:30PM

170 Narragansett Ave Barrington, RI 02806

Learn more about Chris Capaldi here and the other two amazing musicians you shall have to come to the show to see!

Friday May 24th, 2019: AS220 with Littleboybigheadonbike, Seamstress, & Jamie Craighead @ TBD

115 Empire Street Providence, RI 02903

More about Littleboybigheadonbike here, Seamstress here, and Jamie Craighead here.

Sunday June 2nd, 2019: Brooklyn Coffee Tea House @ 4PM

209 Douglas Ave Providence, RI 02903

Alongside other local acts, as part of the Rising songwriting series :)

Saturday June 8th, 2019: Villa Villekulla Front Porch Concert @ noon-9PM

12 Observatory Ave Providence, RI 02906

I’ll be on from 5-5:30PM, but you’ll definitely want to check out some of the other local acts in this community event!

Wednesday July 10th, 2019: AS220 @ 7-10:30PM

115 Empire Street Providence, RI 02903

I’ll be hosting and performing at this month’s Rhode Island Songwriter’s Association’s songwriters in the round show. Each local songwriter will be bringing in a song they’ve written based on a theme that you and I will both just have to wait to find out… Join us!

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, Sofar Sounds, Elmwood Songwriter’s Club, the Columbus Theatre 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

Studio Session Live in Plymouth, RI

Pump House Music Works in Wakefield, 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 Burren in Somerville, MA

The Plough and Stars, Zuzu's, Darwin’s Ltd. at The Middle East 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, Katherine Quinn, Morgan Ross, Littleboybigheadonbike, Mountainess, Ant Savino, Bill Bartholomew, Gabriela Rassi, Stev DelMonico, Jodie Treloar Sampson from RI

The bands The Vox Hunters, Bay Spring Folk, Silverteeth, Neapolitan, Chris Monti Trio, The Font Club, The Horse Eyed Men from RI

The solo acts Ric Allendorf, Beth DeSombre, Rachel Marie, Cosy Sheridan, Bay City Music, Dan Barracuda, Brittany Leonard of Seraphina James, Casey Marsh, Max Kennedy from MA

The bands FBGM, Mystery Gems from MA

The band Hoo:Lumes from NC

The bands Tacoma Narrows, Ransom Pier, Slimegrimer 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

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

The Big E in West Springfield, MA

Recognitions

Nominee for Americana Breakthrough Act in Motif Magazine for 2019 here

Featured on “Through the Night: A Collection of Lullabies from Rhode Island Artists” album benefitting RAICES here

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

 
 
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