Award winning folk songs resonate from coast to coast

Chris Wood
Chris Wood

An award winning folk musician is set to perform in Morecambe this weekend.

Chris Wood started out as a choirboy and much of his music bears the influence of those years spent with the likes of Bach, Handel, Gibbons and Boyce: he describes the album Handmade Life as “church music with drums.”

Self-taught on guitar and violin, he is a lifelong autodidact – and his independent streak shines through in his composition and studio work.

Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. His work is typified by his trust in the space music can create and a gift for lyrical understatement. He cites his major influence as “Anon”.

Throughout his career independence has been balanced by collaboration. The artists he has worked with include Billy Bragg, Andy Gangadeen, Andy Cutting, Jean François Vrod and Hugh Lupton (Wood and Lupton’s “One in a Million” won Best Original Song at the BBC 2 Folk Awards in 2006).

Recently he has worked alongside Martin and Eliza Carthy and others in The Imagined Village: “Cold Haily Rainy Night”, performed by Wood and Eliza Carthy, took the award for Best Traditional Song at the Folk Awards in 2008.

2013 saw the release of None The Wiser. Bass and Hammond organ are called in to drive a bunch of much shorter songs off the page and into the world. Again, fiscal and political meltdown feature but in a more robust way. This is almost like a pub band singing hymns and anthems.

His 50 date tour with Joan Armatrading at the end of 2012 allowed Chris to evesdrop and observe Britain from coast to coast and many of the songs give testiment to what he encountered.

Support on Sunday, June 20, comes from Howdenjones AKA Kate Howden and Paul Jones, who captivate the audience in a unique, intimate atmosphere.

Tickets are £10/£7 adv or £12/£9 from 01524 831 997.