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Duotone is the alias of songwriter Barney Morse-Brown (cellist with multi-platinum artist Birdy & BBC Folk Award winners the Imagined Village). Known for his unique sound, Barney writes and performs his own contemporary acoustic songs.
Barney Morse-Brown is an extraordinary musician who has become well known for his alternative approach to music. He loops guitars and cellos, percussion and voices to create ethereal soundscapes for his poignant lyrics to weave in and out of.

Coming from a musical family of seven children, Barney’s passion for performance was established early on. He studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where he was awarded a scholarship to study baroque cello at the Royal College of Music. The cello has always played a pivotal role in Barney’s life, starting at the age of six, progressing through college and university, to building a career as a professional musician working with the likes of Chris Wood, The Imagined Village and Eliza Carthy. Barney has honed his skills within this world to help him create a sound that not only challenges convention but also shows the versatility of the cello.

Duotone has been regularly mesmerising audiences all around the country with its very unique shows, breathlessly moving from riotous energy – all the way down to the most delicate and heartfelt moments of beauty and intimacy. Barney possesses a unique quality that will one minute have a crowd on their feet, seconds later – the audience will wait, held by the moment – waiting for a pin to drop.

His debut album Work Harder & One Day You’ll Find Her (2009) and second LP Ropes (2011) both received rave reviews from Songlines ★★★★★ (5 stars), The Telegraph ★★★★ (4 stars) Duotone was also named as a 'hidden gem' in the Observer's end of year poll.

‘’A man called Barney, with a Cello, and a floor full of pedals performs tunes that grow from subtle relaxing chilled out pieces of music into loud, almost anthemic climaxes’’ – Louder Than War

‘’Duotone has the uncanny ability to just pluck a groove from nowhere and take a song into an entirely new direction’’ – Brum Notes

'This is some of the most amazing music you'll witness’’ – Tim Harford – BBC Radio 4