“Chris Wood might be the Ken Loach of songwriting. Very political, but at the same time full of compassion, and he grows sharper and more acute with each passing album. He’s good, quite probably the very best we have today, and we need him more than ever” – fRoots Magazine
In a world of soundbites and distractions Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Tom Robinson and Chris Difford are fans while Stick In The Wheel and The Unthanks look to him as an influence. Winner of 6 BBC Folk Awards, he’s played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy. A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliche free zone.
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Chris Wood Video: Transcript
I got into woodworking during the Covid lockdown. And it really hit the spot for me.
I mean there was The Madness of – of the lockdown and everything but there was also trying to stay sane in this kind of Market fundamentalist experiment that we’re all involved in. There’s something, something about songwriting is actually quite notional whereas woodwork is, it’s pretty exacting. It either fits or it doesn’t fit. It’s in twist or a sound twists. It’s flat or it’s not.
I kind of like that. I kind of like that. and I think it helps, helps the music.