Chris Wood


Touring 1-17 March and available for festivals 2019.


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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

06/07/2018Campfire ClubLONDON
21/07/2018Larmer Tree Music FestivalNR SHAFTESBURY
27/07/2018Camp BestivalEAST LULWORTH
01/09/2018Moseley Folk FestivalBIRMINGHAM
08/09/2018Bromyard Folk FestivalHEREFORDSHIRE
09/11/2018Craigdarroch Arms HotelMONIAIVE
10/11/2018Tolbooth StirlingSTIRLING
11/11/2018The Hug & PintGLASGOW
12/11/2018Traverse TheatreEDINBURGH
13/11/2018Middlesbrough Town HallMIDDLESBROUGH
14/11/2018The StoreyLANCASTER
16/11/2018The MetBURY
17/11/2018Howard Assembly RoomLEEDS
18/11/2018The GuildhallLEICESTER
20/11/2018Kitchen Garden CaféBIRMINGHAM
22/11/2018West End CentreALDERSHOT
23/11/2018Quaker Meeting HouseOXFORD
24/11/2018The Marine TheatreLYME REGIS
25/11/2018Folk HouseBRISTOL
30/11/2018The Goose is Out!LONDON
01/12/2018The JunctionCAMBRIDGE
05/12/2018Komedia BRIGHTON
06/12/2018The StablesMILTON KEYNES