Chris Wood in Kilkee Co Clare

Chris Wood in Kilkee Co Clare

Friday, 13 October 2017, 8.00pm

***** 5 Stars IRISH TIMES
“Breathtaking…Wood is a musical documentarian of immense complexity and subtlety.”

**** 4 Stars THE GUARDIAN
“Unique… what makes the album so compelling is the power of his lyrics”.

fROOTS MAGAZINE
“Chris Wood might be the Ken Loach of songwriting. Very political, but at the same time full of compassion, and he grows sharper and more acute with each passing album.”

CHRIS DIFFORD (SQUEEZE)
“If I had a towel I’d throw it in.”

FOLK RADIO UK
“With So Much To Defend he has created a wise, soulful set of songs that should see him consolidate his place at the top table of British songwriters.”

ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE
“Steeped in tradition, yet always striving for a new day, this is a glorious album proving that Chris Wood is a bit of a national treasure.”

fROOTS MAGAZINE “Chris Wood might be the Ken Loach of songwriting. Very political, but at the​ ​same time full of compassion, and he grows sharper and more acute with each​ ​passing album. He’s good, quite probably the very best we have today, and we​ ​need him more than ever.

​INDEPENDENT ***** 5 Stars​ ​“The title track alone is a masterpiece”

EXPRESS ***** 5 Stars​ ​“Wood has honed his songwriting to perfection here... heartbreaking purity.”

THE GUARDIAN **** 4 Stars​ ​“Remarkable for the settings as much as the lyrics.”

'If I had a towel, I'd throw it in' Chris Difford (Squeez)

​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.​ ​​ ​His most recent album ‘So Much to Defend’ (2017) received ecstatic reviews: fROOTS MAGAZINE “Chris Wood might be the Ken Loach of songwriting. Very political, but at the​ ​same time full of compassion, and he grows sharper and more acute with each​ ​passing album. He’s good, quite probably the very best we have today, and we​ ​need him more than ever.

Hollow Point, his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles Menezes, 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.​

Tel: +353 65 906 0769
E-mail cst[at]clarelibrary.ie

Chris Wood - Hollow Point (Folk Awards 2011)

Published on 18 September 2017

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