Chris is an award-winning singer songwriter who has played a variety of stages from Dorset to The Western Isles, and from intimate 10-seater venues to a packed out set in the Den at Cambridge Folk Festival 2019. Making rapid progress through the UK folk and roots scene with his songwriting, vocals and mastery of the loop pedal, he won the Lichfield Folk Festival song writing competition in 2019. Genre-defying and hard to pigeonhole, his perceptive lyrics reflect overlooked stories in everyday life. He underpins his lyrics with a variety of musical styles ranging the roots lexicon of folk, blues, country and Americana. A modern-day troubadour, he’s released three EPs and one studio album to wide acclaim.
‘A fresh new talent on the Cambridge scene. This guy is relentless: he just keeps writing songs and they are all great!’ – Sue Marchant, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Learn more about Chris here
Karen Macwhinnie has spent years singing Americana Country, jazz, folk and blues, she has a love of songs with a heartfelt narrative which she delivers in a powerful and sensitive vocal style. As luck would have it, Karen’s favourite songs are shared with Matt Kelly and Gary Woolley who have played together as duo Kelly and Woolley for twelve years. Singer songwriter Gary Woolley draws inspiration from the English folk tradition and the wealth of North American singer songwriters. Matt Kelly is a multi-instrumentalist and song writer who plays in several orchestras and bands, including Thursday’s Band. He can also be found joining John Meed for gigs and recordings.
Together the trio deliver fine renditions of well-known songs with beautiful arrangements and fine harmonies.