‘None The Wiser’
Nominated Best Original Song ‘None the Wiser’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014
Folk Singer of the Year & Best Original Song ‘Hollow Point’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011
Criticised by an art school lecturer as having “a remarkable eye for trivia” Chris Wood’s love of small things has made him one of England’s most vivid and arresting song writers. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. Hollow Point is his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezez and Wood’s feel for the sheer “one thing after another-ness” of life allows us, for the first time, to see the event through the eyes of the victim.
Joan Armatrading presented Chris with the 2011 BBC Radio Two Folk Singer Of The Year award before inviting him as special guest onto her Autumn 2012 tour. They played 51 cities and Wood found himself eavesdropping on conversations from pound shops to tea rooms, army recruiting centres to hotel saunas collecting the poetry of recession. His response is, None The Wiser, a fourth solo album released in Summer 2013. With humble hymns and sweeping statements from Alzheimers to William Blake, Wood lovingly takes the pulse of his homeland in what could be his best album yet.
Wood has worked and collaborated with a long list of artists, most recently Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Eliza and Martin Carthy in Simon Emerson’s Imagined Village. His duet with Eliza added to the “Villager’s” winning another Folk Award for “Best Traditional Song”.
The Irish Times dubbed him ‘the renaissance man of English folk’ because his work extends beyond song writing into commissions for Radio 3 Between The Ears, Late Junction and The Essay. He has written for The Times and lectured at Newcastle and Limerick Universities. His setting of Blake’s Jerusalem features in Paul Gilroy’s lecture on poetry and music at Kings College London and Wood’s lyric Walk This World With Music is included in Michael Morpurgo’s latest collection.
Praise for ‘None The Wiser’:
“The title track alone is a masterpiece”
THE GUARDIAN ✰✰✰✰
“Remarkable for the settings as much as the lyrics.”
THE IRISH TIMES ✰✰✰✰✰
“Nobody comes even close to equaling his bird’s-eye-view”
“a rarefied talent, both as writer and interpreter.”
“a quietly powerful, astute and vivid set of songs…A folk–soul album”
£12 with £11 concessions.
These are two masterly guitarists, although very different in style. Oxley has been playing on the British jazz scene since 1997, with everyone from Stacey Kent to Gilad Atzmon, while Meier, originally from Switzerland, has toured the world, absorbing musical idioms en route. In the course of a dozen pieces the array of changing sounds, moods and textures they create is gorgeous, fascinating and apparently endless.
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Acclaimed film-maker Jane Darke’s most recent work celebrates the life of the well-loved Cornish poet Charles Causley who was born 100 years ago. It features interviews with many well-known contemporary poets including Andrew Motion, Simon Armitage and Roger McGough as well as intimate conversations with family and friends. Filmed on location in North Cornwall and Causley’s ancestral Dartmoor village of Trusham, it also features musical settings of Charles’ poems throughout by acclaimed folk singer and relative Jim Causley. There will be a Q&A after the 90 minute film.
Pre-show meals available from 6pm ONLY if pre-booked on 01326 341353.
1930’s Berlin cabaret, Hot Club of Paris, Nuevo Tango, Gypsy Campfire and a range of originals and covers: the Moscow Drug Club have it all, and promise an intoxicating evening. Their last appearance was a sellout so it is advisable to book early.
Pre-show meals available from 6pm but MUST be pre-booked via 01326 341353.Book Online
A glorious combination of gypsy hotclub, flamenco, jazz and contemporary classical influences underpin this superb ensemble.
The group is centred around the two acoustic guitars of Jamie and Sam,and includes double bass, cajon and trumpet and violin players. “All the strumming and picking and rhythms of gypsy, contemporary, flamenco jazz with a beautiful Bach arrangement thrown in for good measure.”…..Birmingham Post
In association with Carn to Cove
Tickets £9, £8 Children £4