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Chris T-T: 20th Anniversary Best Of Tour
Fri 5 May 2017, 19:45 – 22:45 BST
English alt/folk singer-songwriter Chris T-T has been one of the UK’s most consistently critically acclaimed artists for two decades, without ever bothering the charts, nor compromising his radical, psychedelic songs. In recent years he’s become a significant songwriting influence for a generation of UK singers.
Based in Brighton but restlessly mobile, Chris has released 10 solo albums and clocked up more than 2,200 shows around the world, touring with the likes of Ben Folds, Frank Turner, British Sea Power, The National, Elbow, Bellowhead, Franz Nicolay (Hold Steady), Divine Comedy, Tom Robinson and many others.
Chris has been a piano accompanist for Tom Robinson, Frank Turner and Jim Bob (Carter USM). He has performed at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals; on the Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square; and in 2011 took a one-man show of A.A. Milne’s 1920s children’s poetry to Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
He has composed music on commission for The World Health Organisation, Natural History Museum and Halloween Society – and wrote the theme to British horror film The Outer Darknessfor BloodyCuts Films.
The new Chris T-T solo album 9 Green Songs (released 3rd June, 2016 on Xtra Mile Recordings) is a collection of radical songs, with a dark ecological flavour.
Chris writes for Dark Mountain, ecnmy.org, Louder Than War, New Public Thinkers and others – and for several years wrote a weekly arts column for the UK’s only Socialist daily newspaper The Morning Star. He writes a popular, sometimes controversial blog.
He has spoken at TEDx, Brighton Digital Festival, Louder Than Words, Boring Conference, Great Escape Convention and many others. He has completed artist residencies at Leeds Beckett University, Brighton’s Royal Pavilion & Museums and Arts Residency Thailand.
Summer 2016, Chris was the inaugural Creative Fellow for Great Britain’s National Trust at The Workhouse in Southwell.
In his home town of Brighton, Chris hosts weekly late night folk radio show Chris T-T’s Midnight Campfire on Juice 107.2 (FM / DAB in Sussex, UK) – archived to stream worldwide via TotallyRadio.com.
RECORD LABEL xtramilerecordings.com
One of the great underground artists of our time.
JON SNOW (Channel 4 News)
Heartbreaking. Chris T-T can draw the poison and heal the wounds, simply by singing from his heart. He’s evocative, elegant and funny.
Outstanding, indispensable genius. Chris T-T is a modern-day William Blake. Songs so unfettered they never had moorings to slip.
SUNDAY TIMES (Top 5 Album Of The Year, twice)
Fantastic. Tells tales of political and moral dilemma with the grace and fluency of a modern-day Pablo Neruda.
LOUDER THAN WAR
There’s no pomp about Chris T-T’s sound. Its modesty would undermine his talent if it weren’t for the brilliance of his lyrics and the subtle quality of his music. Folk has almost become a dirty word but Chris writes songs that affirm its relevance – he has the ability to touch one’s soul. Chris T-T is a folk singer and he’s brilliant.
The genius that is Chris T-T. Wonderful stuff.
HUW STEPHENS (BBC Radio 1)
A man we can trust with our lives. If Chris was standing for London Mayor I’d vote for him.
STEVE LAMACQ (BBC Radio 2)
CLIVE JAMES (BBC Radio 3)
Makes me laugh, inspires me and gives me pause for thought. An exceptional songwriter.
TOM ROBINSON (BBC 6Music)
The finest English folk singer for 20 years.
Very beautiful songs.
CAROLINE LUCAS MP (UK’s only Green Party Member of Parliament)
He’s an institution: an unsung national gem of a songwriter.
The joy of Flaming Lips and the humanity of Ray Davies. Heartening, hopeful, sad.
TIME OUT LONDON
The genius in Chris T-T’s songwriting is his ability to humanise even the most outlandish conceits, until they seem instead like brilliant ideas nobody else would’ve come up with.
Darkness looms beneath the humour as songs return to themes of social and mental breakdown. Inventive, widescreen arrangements. A seductive brand of 21st century English psychedelia.
Soapbox preachers such as Frank Turner and Jon McClure might seem to be saturating the protest song market but Chris T–T has something extra to offer. When he’s not championing social justice in familiar fashion, he’s exploring relationship dynamics with warmth and intelligence. Still, when Chris goes back to his ranty roots he’s most inspiring. Fighting talk, just when we most need it.
Very, very brilliant.
Genuine hairs on the back of the neck stuff. An incredible voice, heartbreaking, soaring and compelling all in one. Both a surprise and a joy to listen to: Chris T–T pulls something special out of the bag and brings it all to the table. Stunning from start to finish.
There is something so awe-inspiring about Chris’s words that they leave me in little doubt that they’re written by someone of real significance.
One of the most consistently fascinating artists of the past decade. The album challenges through intimacy. Starkly majestic, the title track is sung with a simplicity and truth that would put the likes of Radiohead to shame. This is the stuff of a rare and enduring talent.
A powerful enough performance to silence a rammed Acoustic Tent into flabbergasted awe. Too many protest singers, not enough protest songs, luckily we found the best one. And cor, this guy can sing! Fantastic. He goes off to rapturous applause.
DROWNED IN SOUND (live review)
Melody and production values recall the intimate nocturnes of the Smashing Pumpkins’ Adore, but with a theatrical flair worthy of Decemberists’ Colin Meloy.
DROWNED IN SOUND (album review)