Liverpool Philharmonic by arrangement with ABM presents
Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer, whose music weaves tradition with his own contemporary parables with gentle intelligence.
A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris’s independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its clarity. He cites his major influence as ‘Anon’.
His eagerly awaited new album So Much to Defend 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.
**** Unique… what makes the album so compelling is the power of his lyrics
***** Breathtaking…Wood is a musical documentarian of immense complexity and subtlety.
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