As far back as I can remember music has always been around me. Growing up in the late 50’s / 60’s with two older brothers listening to everything from rock and roll, blues, folk, rock, jazz and classical. Chris in Philly
Mum would be in the kitchen listening to jazz on the radio and Dad would be playing his classical guitar or cello elsewhere in the house.
Around 1967 I bought my first decent Spanish guitar and began to learn several classical pieces.
1972 – bought a steel strung acoustic and began learning blues and ragtime songs by Rev Gary Davis, Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy …
1974 – formed first band called ‘ Warlock’, playing prog rock covers. First gig we opened for the ‘Global Village Trucking Company’.
1976 – started playing on the folk and blues club scene, solo and with a band called ‘ Alimony’. We played mostly original material with big influences from Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal.
1976 – 1986 – During this period I played in various Rock, Blues and Folk Bands, some great and some not so great!
1986- joined the ‘John Slaughter Blues Band’ as second guitar and slide player. Two years later John returned to the ‘Chris Barber Band’. We continued working and John would join us between tours with Chris Barber. On a chair
1989 – met Steve Leonard and formed a Band called ‘Kik”. The material was mostly original. We had positive interest from Virgin Records and showcased at the Mean Fiddler- London. We released one single, which received some airplay. Material was recorded for an album but unfortunately it was never released.
1991/92 – solo support spots for ‘The Climax Blues Band’ up and down the Country. Joined the ‘Gravy Train’ a Band formed by Climax front man Colin Cooper, featuring Pick Withers on drums (Dire Straits). This Band went on to become the ‘Mississippi Hounddogs’, which featured Terry Butters on piano and Roy Adams on drums, Roger Innis on bass (both from the Climax).
1993 – recorded the soul classic ‘Wooly Bully’ as a member of the ‘Soul Survivors’ Band, featuring the now infamous Vinnie Jones. He would occasionally get up and sing with the band and always loved singing this song. The single on Cherry Red Records was released 10 May 1993 and entered the lower reaches of the national chart. Several TV appearances followed on from this.
1994/95 – Joined a band with respected jazz/rock drummer Russell Gilbrook, to do Mapex drum clinic tour.
1996/97 – Started working more with Terry Butters and drummer John ‘Crow’ Wright in the ‘Terry Butters Band’. Featured on Terry’s album on Redball Records.
2000/01 – Worked with Terry and Crow in the TBB. Regular duo gigs with Colin Cooper. Recorded an acoustic tribute to ‘Rory Gallagher’ featuring Terry on piano and the talented harmonica player Steve Lockwood. This album is available on Redball Records (catalogue number CDCN/002).
2002 – Recorded a 4 track acoustic album, ‘Thainoodling’, inspired by a trip to Phuket, Thailand. Listen
2003 – Played at the Cambridge Folk Festival with guitarist Eric Roche and harmonica player Steve Lockwood. Filmed by BBC tv.
Recorded some new material with drummer John ‘Crow’ Wright for an album later in the year. Also recorded new material for an acoustic album. Went to Ireland in September for a short tour.
2004 – Played at the The Ninth Annual British Rory Gallagher tribute concert. Sat 29th May at the Boardwalk Sheffield.
2005 – Played at the Rory Gallagher Festival in Philadelphia in February.