Chris Wood set for the Union Chapel
“Handmade Life” is the name for (multiple BBC Award Winning) singer, guitarist and songwriter Chris Wood’s new contemporary band, tour and album project. Wood has written and recorded ten dazzling songs specifically for the Handmade Life Autumn 09 tour and the subsequent album. The sound of the band is a progressive step forward from his previously acclaimed solo works (Trespasser 2007) and (The Lark Descending 2005).
The Handmade Life band comprises Andy Gangadeen (The Bays) - drums, Barney Morse Brown – cello (Eliza Carthy Band) and Robert Jarvis (London Improviser’s Orchestra) - trombone. The band met while playing together in Simon Emerson’s hugely successful Imagined Village alongside Billy Bragg, Sheila Chandra and Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy. Emerson has described Chris’s works as “Bardcore!”
In February 2009, Wood took home Singer of the year and Album of the year at the BBC Folk Awards. In July 2009 his career retrospective (“Albion” – An Anthology”) was released by Navigator Records, again to widespread acclaim.
If Wood is viewed by some as uncompromising, then if anything, Handmade Life simply continues this trend. However, alongside the signature edgy and overtly political material there are an equal number of personal stories, songs which are delicate and subtle and expertly realised by his stellar band.
The tour will be the first opportunity for people to hear and buy the new Handmade Life album and will be followed early in 2010 by the domestic retail release of the new album. The material being played on the Handmade Life tour and new album show why so many now follow this man from Kent as he consistently celebrates the “ordinary” with his gift for articulating that which so many thousands feel in their daily lives. Handmade Life takes us deeper into Wood’s celebrity free zone, come as you are!
20/11, Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
21/11, Manchester, Band on the Wall
25/11, Aldershot, West End Centre
26/11, Southampton, Turner Sims Southampton University
28/11, Canterbury, Gulbenkian Theatre
30/11, York, National Centre for St Margaret's Church
01/12, Norwich, Arts Centre
02/12, London, Union Chapel
03/12, Bristol, St Georges
04/12, Birmingham, Moseley Folk Club
05/12, Totnes, Dartington Hall