Individual, thoughtful and passionate, Chris Wood is one of the UK folk scene’s biggest hitters.
Inspired by the guitar work of Martin Carthy, Wood first made a name for himself playing in a duo with melodeonist Andy Cutting, before releasing his first debut album, The Lark Descending, in 2005.
Wood, who also plays the violin (sometimes two at once!) has picked up bags of awards for his songwriting, most notably for Hollow Point, from his Handmade Life album of 2010. The song movingly tells the story of the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes, by police, at Stockwell Tube Station in 2005. Wood is careful not to overdramatise or apportion blame and, as a result, the song is all the more powerful – as modern folk ballads go, it’s just about perfect.
Having worked with Brighton rapper Dizraeli last year, Wood has picked up an electric guitar for the first time in a while. His new album, None The Wiser, explores music and material inspired by both. Subject matter includes the Munich massacre of 1972, quantitative easing, and smart-arsed kids. He’s also rearranged William Blake’s Jerusalem, with stunning results.
Wood’s shows are characterised by his thoughtful ruminations on the songs and the world around them. He’s a funny, if sometimes slightly grumpy, host – and seeing him live is the perfect introduction to a remarkable world of music: go!