Chris Wood


Available for summer festivals 2018.

Touring November 2018.


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Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.

A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. He cites his major influence as “Anon”.

His most recent album ‘So Much to Defend’ has received wide critical acclaim and includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, Cook-in Sauce and, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society.

Hollow Point; his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles Menezez, won a BBC Folk Award (he’s won six.) and emphatically secured Wood’s place as a serious speech-master for the unofficial history of England.

Collaborators include Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler and many others.

On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.

“… at art school they said I had a remarkable eye for trivia, like it was a bad thing.”

The Herald ***** 5 Stars
“As close as it gets to a perfect union of voice and guitar, lyrics and melody, compassion, irony, realism, wit, and humanity.”

THE IRISH TIMES ***** 5 Stars
“Nobody comes even close to equaling his bird’s-eye-view.”

MOJO **** 4 Stars “a rarefied talent, both as writer and interpreter.”



Tour Dates

24/01/2018Liverpool Philharmonic HallLIVERPOOL
25/01/2018Hebden Bridge Trades ClubHEBDEN BRIDGE
26/01/2018Helmsley Arts CentreYORK
27/01/2018Celtic Connections - St Andrews in the SquareGLASGOW
02/02/2018The Pound Arts CentreCORSHAM
03/02/2018The David HallSOUTH PETHERTON
04/02/2018Exeter PhoenixEXETER
06/02/2018St Davids HallCARDIFF
07/02/2018Ammanford Miners' TheatreAMMANFORD
08/02/2018The FlowerpotDERBY
09/02/2018The Heeley InstituteSHEFFIELD
10/02/2018Newhampton Arts CentreWOLVERHAMPTON
16/03/2018Kings PlaceLONDON