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.”
|17/03/2017||The Quay Theatre||SUDBURY|
|26/04/2017||The Old Queen's Head||LONDON|
|24/05/2017||Chapel Arts Centre||BATH|
|28/05/2017||Henry Tudor House||SHREWSBURY|
|16/06/2017||Bridgwater Arts Centre||BRIDGWATER|
|17/06/2017||Teignmouth Folk Festival||TEIGNMOUTH|
|28/06/2017||West End Centre||ALDERSHOT|
|15/07/2017||Quaker Meeting Hall||EARLS COLNE (North Essex)|
|19/07/2017||Sheep Dip Sessions||RUGBY|
|20/07/2017||Hull Folk and Maritime Festival||HULL|
|21/07/2017||Live at All Hallows||LEEDS|