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 eagerly awaited new album ‘So Much to Defend’ will be officially launched at Cambridge Folk Festival this 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.
"... at art school they said I had a remarkable eye for trivia, like it was a bad thing"
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.” Alan Bearman Music
THE GUARDIAN **** 4 Stars “Remarkable for the settings as much as the lyrics.”
SONGLINES “a quietly powerful, astute and vivid set of songs… A folk–soul album”
-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