Rising British folk singer coming to Aylesbury

Chris Cleverley

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 11:15am 20th October 2017.

One of Britain's rising folk stars will be taking to the stage in Aylesbury next Friday.

For some time now, whispers have been spreading far and wide around the new British Folk Scene about Chris Cleverley and his haunting tales of ghost women, lonesome clock towers, lovelorn mariners and hospital beds.

2015 saw the release of Cleverley’s eagerly awaited debut full length album, which captures perfectly the roots of his singer/songwriter approach for which he has been well known in the Midlands for a number of years.

The songs themselves have developed however into something new altogether, appearing as full band arrangements, featuring the musicians who regularly appear in his live band.

Chris says of the album, which features both original songs and arrangements of traditional tunes:

“The record is very much grounded in the British and American folk traditions on which I was raised.

"The complexity of the fingerstyle guitar techniques of the folk revival players have shaped my playing immeasurably and it was essential this influence came across throughout.

"I’ve always been fascinated by harmony, big arrangements and dramatic crescendos.”

Chris’ tours have taken these songs around the UK and further afield onto the Continent too, all the while showcasing his trademark solo live sound; at times likened to the magnitude of a full orchestra only to moments later pull audiences to the very edge of their seats to soak in the delicate spider-like touch of his fingerstyle guitar playing.

Chris has gone from strength to strength since winning Bristol Folk Festival’s 2014 ‘Isambard Folk Award’, joining the ranks of previous winners such as BBC folk award nominees Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, followed up by a memorable performance at 2014’s Stroud Folk Festival.

From touring the UK festivals to sharing the bill with such notable folk artists as Martin Simpson and Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Chris has stirred up a formidable word-of-mouth reputation and glowing praise in the national folk press.

He'll be at the Limelight Theatre in Aylesbury next Friday, starting at 8pm.

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