'He's good, quite probably the very best we have today, and we need him more than ever.' - Roots Magazine;
In a world of soundbites and distractions Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Tom Robinson and Chris Difford are fans while Stick In The Wheel and The Unthanks look to him as an influence. Winner of 6 BBC Folk Awards, he's played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy. A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliche free zone.
A modern day folk artist retelling impassioned stories of contemporary life! Wood's songs make no apology for celebrating what he has called the 'unofficial' history of the English people.
Self-taught on guitar and violin, Chris 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.
We are stoked that Chris has agreed to perform in Malmesbury, a town which we hope he will feel at home in.
Chris will be supported by Malmesbury born and bred Theo May on violin and Gustavo Clayton Marucci on clarinets.
Theo May has always had his own, idiosyncratic approach to music-making. This creative sensibility has been directly informed by independent discovery, with intuition at its core.
Although his primary focus is composition, playing the violin, which he picked up at a tender pre-school age, has always been extremely important to him and it is this practical approach to musical creativity which continues to inform and nourish his own music making.