Chris Wood

Friday 8th March

An uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the unofficial history of the English speaking people, Chris Wood returns to Lighthouse, Pooleís centre for the arts, on Friday 8 March. His most recent album So Much to Defend has received wide critical acclaim and includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, Cook-in Sauce and, not least, the gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society.

With gentle intelligence, he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables and cites his major influence as “Anon”. A self-taught musician, composer and songwriter, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his songwriting has been praised for its surgical clarity.

Chris Wood

“Hollow Point”, his chilling ballad about the shooting of Jean Charles Menezez, won a BBC Folk Award ñ one of six he has to his name – while his collaborators include Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler and many others. On stage, Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art as he effortlessly reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.

Chris Wood

Tickets: £16
Discounts: U18s, Students, Seniors, ATL
Tickets & information 01202 280000
Booking Fees: Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the Ticket Office. Tickets booked by telephone or online are subject to a booking fee of up to £1.75 per ticket



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