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 more about chris: guitar virtuoso

“Amazing... Great soul and wonderful feel form one of our greatest musicians”
Mike Harding, BBC RADIO 2

Chris is a prolific composer, arranger and record producer, and one of his most successful collaborations was with comedian Fred Wedlock. He composed the tune to Fred's international hit Oldest Swinger in Town and received a silver disc for producing it - the single reached No 2 in the charts in the UK and No 1 in several other countries. As Fred’s Musical Director and bandleader, appearances on such iconic national TV progammes as BBC’s Top of the Pops followed.

One day in 1985 he decided he'd really rather play interesting music than pursue interesting paychecks, so turned his back on the commercial world and returned to his folk roots.
He went on make four solo CDs, and to perform and record with many folk luminaries: Boys of the Lough, Kathryn Tickell, Aly Bain, Danny Thompson, Norma Waterson, Clive Palmer (of the Incredible String Band), Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey - and Máire.

Chris loves to share his passion for flatpicking and has been principal guitar tutor for Newcastle University’s Folk B.Mus course since its inception. He's a regular tutor at flatpicking camps such as Steve Kaufman’s Flatpicking Guitar Kamp, TN.

To read an interview with Chris by
Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, click here


Chris's prized 1929 Martin OM18

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