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Chris Wood

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
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

Alan Bearman Music
The Music Base
Kings Place
90 York Way
L o n d o n
N 1 9AG
Te l: 020 7014 2821

Praise for ‘So Much to Defend’:
“Chris Wood might be the Ken Loach of songwriting. Very political, but at the
same time full of compassion, and he grows sharper and more acute with each
passing album. He’s good, quite probably the very best we have today, and we
need him more than ever.”
“Steeped in tradition, yet always striving for a new day, this is a glorious album
proving that Chris Wood is a bit of a national treasure.

Other press quotes:
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.”

Praise for ‘None The Wiser’:
INDEPENDENT ***** 5 Stars
“The title track alone is a masterpiece”
EXPRESS ***** 5 Stars
“Wood has honed his songwriting to perfection here… heartbreaking purity.”
THE GUARDIAN **** 4 Stars
“Remarkable for the settings as much as the lyrics.”
“a quietly powerful, astute and vivid set of songs… A folk–soul album”
“Chris takes a traditional song and has you absolutely gripped…. He makes it
really obvious why it is of contemporary relevance. On the flip side, he has
managed this magical thing, writing songs on contemporary themes, or putting
music to Hugh Lupton’s words, that absolutely fit hand in glove with traditional
songs, but are totally modern.”
— Ian Anderson (fRoots Magazine)
Nominated Best Original Song ‘None the Wiser’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

Songwriter of the Year – Spiral Earth Awards 2014
Folk Singer of the Year & Best Original Song ‘Hollow Point’

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011


Sunday 24th November 2019 - Starts 8pm

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