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Chris Cleverley - Album Launch on Sunday 1st December 2019
Perhaps it is Chris Cleverley’s eternally restless, whirring chasm of a mind that leads him to constantly innovate and re-imagine his unique interpretation of 21st Century Alt-folk music. The bold and arresting sound of his new LP release ‘We Sat Back and Watched It Unfold’ is no exception. Chris’ visceral lyrical style, inspired by the American greats Elliott Smith and Paul Simon, shines a light on diverse, arresting themes from deteriorating anxious minds, via damaging gender constructs, to mystical tales of the occult. Possessing a guitar fingerstyle steeped in the lore of the UK Folk Revival, the essence of John Martyn and Nic Jones pulses through his veins. With a blistering yet delicate technique, described as ‘Impressive’ by The Telegraph, Chris is fast becoming one of the standout players on the UK Songwriting circuit.
His new record, created under the helm of BBC Folk Award winning Producer Sam Kelly, explores a pervasive sense of anxiety afflicting our modern age. To launch the album, Chris has assembled a full band of six renowned guest musicians, featuring Lukas Drinkwater (Double Bass), Jamie Francis (Banjo/Guitars), Kim lowings (Vocals/Guitar), Kathy Pilkinton (Vocals) and Katie Stevens (Clarinet). This rare performance closes a 14 date UK headline tour to showcase a body of new material for those beguiled by the current nature of things.
“Meaningful” Maverick ★★★★
“Accomplished” RNR ★★★★
“Impressive” The Telegraph
“Haunting” The Sunday Times
“Sheer Stylishness” fRoots
Chris Cleverley (9:00 - 10:15)
Minnie Birch (8:20 - 8:45)
A Bull (8:00 - 8:20)
Music Genres: Acoustic, Alternative, Folk
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