Folk singer Chris Wood to perform in Reeth

Chris Wood. Photo: Danny Wood.

Multiple award-winning folk singer and guitarist, Chris Wood, will return to Reeth Memorial Hall in Swaledale on Saturday, September 9.

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.

Tickets are £16 in advance (£18 on the door) and under 16s are half price; on sale at Reeth Post Office or contact John Little 01748-884759, email: memorialhall@swaledale.co.uk.  Proceeds are in aid of hall funds. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.