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Award winning folk singer to perform numbers from his new album in Romford

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 October 2018

Folk singer, Chris Cleverley, is coming to Romford. Picture: Elly Lucas

Folk singer, Chris Cleverley, is coming to Romford. Picture: Elly Lucas

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A folk singer will be performing exclusive first airings of material from his new album in Romford.

Chris Cleverley is taking his dynamic solo live sound on tour of the UK’s folk clubs, art centres and concert venues.

Since winning the Isambard Folk Award at Bristol’s Folk Festival in 2014, Chris has released his debut album Apparitions.

He said he experienced a “watershed moment” when he first heard The Fox and The Monk by UK folk artist John Smith in 2007.

He added: “It completely changed my outlook and brought acoustic music onto my agenda.

“I was completely captivated by the sounds on that record and was driven to start making music in that style myself.

“The more I started performing at folk clubs, the more great music I discovered and I fell completely in love with the genre.”

On his autumn tour, Christ will be performing songs from his forthcoming album as well as his popular contemporary arrangements of traditional folk song.

He said: “I think writing about such things is often a means by which to check in with others, by exploring experiences that are bound to be common to everyone.

“As I entered my thirties though, my vision became a bit further-reaching.

“My latest work has focused a lot more on broader themes such as the mental health epidemic, damaging gender constructs and suffering public services.”

The day after the show at Haverfolk, Chris will be heading down to Cube Studios in Cornwall to record his second album for release in autumn 2019.

“Sam Kelly is producing the record and it will be a collection of 13 songs that show a pronounced departure from my current style,” said Chris.

“It has big arrangements with a full band, string quartet, choral sections, electric as well as acoustic guitars.

“It’s still heavily grounded in a folk style but it will be a lot more adventurous.”

Chris will be performing at the Haverfolk Folk Club in The Golden Lion on Wednesday, November 21 at 8pm.

To book tickets call 07980 370536 or visit haverfolk.com.

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