Morales/Watts was a project created in 2006. Formed by Leander Morales and Jon Watts.
Leander and Jon formed the duo having worked on a rock project together. The fresh approach to their work as songwriters saw them penning a toned down acoustic/folk repertoire, projecting them on to the acoustic scene. Together they opened a number of shows for some of the greats including Woodstock legend Country Joe McDonald, Spencer Davis, Richie Havens, Paul Jones's Blues Band and The Blockheads. Their time with these influentual artists taught them much about stage craft and the industry. Their experience saw Jon and Leander progressing to the folk circuit, touring with Cara Dillon and Seth Lakeman among many. Festival appearances included Bristol Folk Festival, Wychwood Festival and Glastonbury Festival.
The 3 year project saw the musical duo supported by a host of additional players including Patrick Dunn (Violia) Patrick joined Morales/Watts as a regular member and worked with them until they froze the project in 2009.
Other artist collaborations with the duo included, Beth Porter (Cello), Dizzi Dulcimer (Dulcimer/percussion) Sam Nadel (Percussion) and Adam Newton (Double Bass)
In 2008 Morales/Watts released their debut studio EP “The Quarange Tree”, a follow up from “Live At The Huntingdon Hall” EP Morales/Watts’s Quarange Tree is available from here...
Their debut studio recording was greeted by the press...
"It’s tough to believe that these guy’s have only been together for a couple of years. The Quarange Tree should see them making waves further afield. However, simply because of the quality of the songs” - National Acoustic Magazine
They were soon asked to join other artists on tour including Radio 2 Folk album of the year winner “Cara Dillon” on her UK tour.
Morales/Watts was put on pause in 2009.
The story continues…
Left to right: Patrick Dunn, Leander Morales & Jon Watts performing live with a portable living room.