Friday 18h May 2012. Chris, a Leicestershire based singer songwriter playing mandolin, guitar, dobro and lap steel guitar, returned to the Hinckley ACT in Leicestershire.
His new solo album “One Fine Morning” is a fine collection of songs on the intertwining themes of love life and landscape. Two local artists will be taking to the stage – to start things off Bob Braidwood will entertain on keyboards.
About Chris Chambers…
Chris sometimes describes his music as “Anglo Americana”. So we asked Chris to explain and let us know a little more about his music, instrumentation and back catalogue…
“I’ve been writing songs since I was 16. Usually both music and lyrics, though there have been some collaborations as well. Always difficult to fit neatly into a musical genre, but when you sing songs accompanied by an acoustic guitar, the first thought is usually ‘folk’.
“I have a back catalogue of over 300 songs now. Some of them have appeared on previous albums; most have been performed at gigs over the years. To me, they are all just ‘my songs’. They cover a myriad of subjects, but there is a sense of Englishness threading its way through them, a strong sense of place, of life set in landscape.
“I’ve added mandolin, dobro and lap steel to my repertoire in the last ten years. They have made a tremendous difference to the variety of sounds in my live performances, but even more so in the studio. Live you can only play one instrument at a time, unfortunately! But in the studio you can bring them all into play, creating new arrangements. Acoustic guitar is still the bed-rock of the tracks, but mandolin and dobro can make a track more melodic, subtle and complex.
“I include more songs by others in my gigs now, blending with my own. They work well with dobro and mandolin. And some songs are just too good to resist!
“And so this is where I am right now. Still difficult to fit neatly into a single musical genre, but the English roots have tangled with Americana music. You could call it Anglo-Americana.”
Booking and venue details
The entrance fee for the evening was £6 for members and £7 for non-members. The event stared at 8.00 pm, with doors opening at 7.30 p.m.
The Hinckley ACT
Based in the Sketchley Meadows Business Park, Hinckley ACT is a high quality music venue that offers an informal and intimate atmosphere for concerts and for the monthly club nights, where musicians can come along and ‘take the stage.’ Established by company chairman, Keith London, on the premises of his firm Advanced Carbide Tooling (A.C.T.), the venue provides full stage and seating facilities, plus top quality sound and lighting equipment.
There is a licensed bar and ample free car parking.