OK, there has been a massive gap of ten years between Chris’s two appearances at the Goose (!) so in order to preserve the historical record, we are dividing this page into two parts 😀
Here’s what we said before ….
We had a great evening with Chris Wood in the week before Christmas 2008, just after it was announced that he had five! nominations in the 2009 BBC Folk Awards.
Chris Wood has been called “The renaissance man of English folk”. His first solo album “The Lark Descending” was Mojo’s Folk Album of the Month on its release, and was Number One on both fRoots’ playlist and Radio 3’s World Roots playlist.
This album includes the BBC Folk Award winning song “One in A Million” (which still makes half the Goose cry whenever she (clue) hears it ….. cry in a good way though – it has a very happy ending 🙂 )
Chris has performed on Verity Sharp’s Late Junction on Radio 3, and was part of Simon Emerson’s acclaimed Imagined Village project which also included Paul Weller, Billy Bragg, and Martin and Eliza Carthy on.
Of his album “Trespasser”, the BBC said “If he continues to produce albums with the fragile beauty and profoundly human warmth of Trespasser, then (his) future should be very bright indeed.
Well, it seems that the BBC were quite good forecasters ….. 😀
Anyway, here’s the current story (as of 2018 ….)
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 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.”
OK, this next video appears to include a plug by Chris for an M&S sandwich, but hey we like M&S sandwiches, so ……..
And one of the Goose’s fave songs ….