Songwriter Grace Morrison performs to support Parkwood Beach playground
Grace Morrison, a Wareham-born singer-songwriter, played a show on her home turf Friday to support upgrades to the playground in Parkwood Beach, the neighborhood she grew up in.
“I think it’s going to become an annual thing for us, which is pretty lovely for me even though it’s emotional to be back there,” Morrison said. She grew up in Parkwood Beach and said she always imagined raising her own child there, but her father lost his house to foreclosure when she was a young adult.
“It was cool to bring my son back and play on the playground where I used to play,” she said. “It’s really lovely to see them improving it.”
The Wareham stop was one of a few late-summer concerts she has planned in the area, amid a series of performances planned for venues in Nashville – including the Bluebird Cafe — and as far away as Montana.
The concert also featured a guest artist: Morrison’s 3-year-old son, Brayton.
“He’s funny,” Morrison said. “He gets really passionate about one song.”
Brayton has an Alexa speaker in his bedroom, and Morrison said she usually plays ambient noise for him to fall asleep to.
One night, she woke up to find that he had asked the speaker to play the “Addams Family” theme song on repeat.
His most recent musical obsession: Molly Malone.
That was the song he performed with Grace on Friday night.
She said that when Brayton first arrived, her husband Scott brought him up to wave at the crowd and he seemed nervous.
But as soon as Brayton had the microphone in his hand, he seemed calm.
Morrison said she’s the same way — holding the mike gives her a feeling of control.
She released her fourth album, “Daughter,” just about a year ago, and has already recorded a fifth — set to come out on March 31, 2023.
That album was recorded on the road as she toured around the country over the last year, driving from gig to gig with her husband and young son.
During the early days of the pandemic, Morrison hunkered down and focused on songwriting. When she came out the other side, new songs in hand, she said she found a welcoming audience.
“I feel like I emerged a new artist,” Morrison said. “It’s cool to feel like other people are picking up on that, too.”
She was a finalist in the LEAF Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition, and she will be an official artist at the 2022 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference.
A local history buff, Morrison will play for the Wareham Historical Society on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. in the air-conditioned Methodist Meeting House at 495 Main St. Admission will cost $5 for adults and will be free for kids ages 12 and under. After the show, cold drinks, Klondike bars and cookies will be available for a dollar each.
“As a little kid, I wanted to live at the Fearing Tavern,” Morrison said.
One song on her forthcoming album is inspired by her great-grandparent’s house — the sweet historic home with boarded-up windows just up Main Street from the Methodist Meeting House.
“The house has an air of mystery,” she said.
Morrison will perform the last concert in the 2022 Summer of Love series at the Onset Bandshell at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
To support Morrison's work, get early access to her forthcoming album and get a look behind-the-scenes, fans can sign up for her Patreon. For more information, go to her website, www.gracemorrison.com, or sign up for her email newsletter.
Those interested in supporting Parkwood Beach’s playground upgrades can sponsor a tree. A family name or other message will be engraved on a brick and placed in front of the tree. For more information, call 508-341-8777.