With support from the Susie Jones Band and Flutes & Co
"The finest and most original singer-songwriter to have emerged from the British folk scene since Richard Thompson" The Guardian
Starting out as a choirboy, much of Chris Wood's music bears the influence of those years spent with the likes of Bach, Handel, Gibbons and Boyce. Self-taught on guitar and violin, he is a lifelong autodidact — and his independent streak shines through in his composition and studio work. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. His work is typified by his trust in the space music can create and a gift for lyrical understatement. He cites his major influence as "Anon”.
Throughout his career independence has been balanced by collaboration. The artists he has worked with include Billy Bragg, Andy Gangadeen, Andy Cutting, Jean François Vrod and Hugh Lupton (Wood and Lupton’s "One in a Million” won Best Original Song at the BBC 2 Folk Awards in 2006). Recently he has worked alongside Martin and Eliza Carthy and others in The Imagined Village: "Cold Haily Rainy Night”, performed by Wood and Eliza Carthy, took the award for Best Traditional Song at the Folk Awards in 2008.
2013 sees the release of None The Wiser. Bass and Hammond organ are called in to drive a bunch of much shorter songs off the page and into the world. Again, fiscal and political meltdown feature but in a more robust way. This is almost like a pub band singing hymns and anthems. His 50 date tour with Joan Armatrading at the end of 2012 allowed Chris to evesdrop and observe Britain from coast to coast and many of the songs give testiment to what he encountered.
Praise for Chris Wood and his new album 'None The Wiser"
Andy Gill – INDEPENDENT ★★★★★ - "Wood is one of our finest songwriters, a brilliant exponent of the topical troubadour form, and rarely on better form than he is with None the Wiser. The title track alone is a masterpiece”
Martin Townsend – EXPRESS ★★★★★ - Wood has honed his songwriting to perfection here… Each sung phrase is weighed with care… heartbreaking purity.”
Siobhan Long – THE IRISH TIMES ★★★★★ - "Nobody comes even close to equaling his bird’s-eye-view… a distilled and intimate collection of snapshots chronicling the sweetness of love, the fragility of sanity, the glories of ageing and so much more.”
Robin Denselow – THE GUARDIAN ★★★★ - "one of Britain’s most uncompromising and original singer-songwriters… his latest album is remarkable for the settings as much as the lyrics.”
Colin Irwin – MOJO Album of the month ★★★★ "…such a rarefied talent, both as writer and interpreter.”
TIME OUT - "Quite simply our best writer of contemporary English folk songs… What other BBC Folk Award-winning singer writes like this? There’s no competition as far as we’re concerned.”
Julian Piper – ACOUSTIC - "…unlikely to be on David Cameron’s iPod but Woody Guthrie would have been proud.”
SPECIAL OFFER: If you take part in our Folk Workshop Day on 9 November from 10am, you are eligible for £6 concessionary rate tickets for this gig.
Find out more about Chris Wood at his website
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