Chris Wood


Generally available for solo gigs & festivals 2017.


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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 eagerly awaited new album ‘So Much to Defend’ (officially released 27th Jan 2017) was previewed at Cambridge Folk Festival last summer 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

17/03/2017The Quay TheatreSUDBURY
26/04/2017The Old Queen's HeadLONDON
29/04/2017Shelley TheatreBOURNEMOUTH
24/05/2017Chapel Arts CentreBATH
25/05/2017Last ThursdayCOLEFORD
27/05/2017Stoller HallMANCHESTER
28/05/2017Henry Tudor HouseSHREWSBURY
16/06/2017Bridgwater Arts CentreBRIDGWATER
17/06/2017Teignmouth Folk FestivalTEIGNMOUTH
28/06/2017West End CentreALDERSHOT
15/07/2017Quaker Meeting HallEARLS COLNE (North Essex)
19/07/2017Sheep Dip SessionsRUGBY
20/07/2017Hull Folk and Maritime FestivalHULL
21/07/2017Live at All HallowsLEEDS
06/08/2017Sidmouth FolkWeekSIDMOUTH
13/08/2017Boomtown Festival WINCHESTER