Ben Morgan-Brown was first inspired to pick up the guitar after watching Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged performance, but it wasn’t until he heard Bert Jansch’s rendition of ‘Angie’ that his journey into the world of acoustic guitar really started – could all that sound really be coming from just two hands and one guitar?
At 18 he spent a year working for his local guitar shop Coda-Music, before going to Southampton Solent University to study Media & Journalism. After completing his studies he lived in London, playing in bands and working at the famous Tin Pan Alley Recording Studios in Denmark Street, before relocating to Devon in 2008.
In 2010 Ben joined the team at Mansons Guitar Shop in Exeter and spent the next seven years working his way up to Sales Manager and Acoustic Specialist, often being selected for further training and factory tours with companies such as Taylor, Fender & Martin.
During this time hundreds of acoustic guitars passed through his hands and he helped players of all abilities find a guitar that was right for them – from beginners picking up their first acoustic, to guiding customers through one-off custom orders, and every point in-between.
As an accompanying musician he has performed at Glastonbury, Green Man and Boardmasters festivals, and, as a solo singer/songwriter, he is often gigging in the folk clubs and acoustic venues of Devon and beyond, and has just recorded his debut E.P. ‘Cold Rooms’, a collection of fingerpicked, introspective songs that have drawn comparisons with Nick Drake and have received national radio play and praise from BBC Introducing.
In short his love of acoustic guitars and acoustic guitarists knows no bounds and his experience and detailed knowledge of the nuances of acoustic tone and helping players to find it, mean he is uniquely qualified to bring new insights to the world of Acoustic Review.