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Chris Difford

Chris Difford, co-founder and frontman of iconic group Squeeze, plays an intimate acoustic show.

Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as Cool For Cats, Up The Junction, Labelled With Love, and Tempted.  Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing rather than sit back and admire his handywork. Chris recently celebrated his 60th birthday and for 41 of those years he has been writing with Glenn Tilbrook, very much the odd couple.

Over the course of a 13 album career with Squeeze, it was clear from the very beginning that Chris has few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. His ‘kitchen sink-drama’ style has drawn plaudits from fans on both sides of the Atlantic, while his influence is keenly felt today. The likes of Lily Allen, Mark Ronson, Kasabian, and Razorlight have all been influenced by Squeeze’s music and Difford’s way with words, while journalists were moved by his winning combination with Glenn Tilbrook to dub the pair ‘the new Lennon and McCartney’.

Chris first learned to stand on his own when he wrote the lyrics for the fictional band Strange Fruit in the 1998 British comedy film Still Crazy, for which he won his first Ivor Novello Award. Since then he has written and contributed lyrics for the likes of Elton John, Wet Wet Wet, Lisa Stansfield, and Bryan Ferry. Chris has also somehow found time during all this to release three solo albums to date.

With support from Arcelia.

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Sunday 17th May 2015 -


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