On Wednesday 27th April at 5:30 Chris will be doing another live performance for Danny Smith's Drivetime show. You can listen on 92.6FM and online at www.radioverulam.com.
When You're A Refugee is a new song about the refugee crisis told from the point of view of a refugee and contrasted with the armchair wisdom of those who watch on TV from a safe place beyond the border. The song was inspired by the image on TV and in the press of a refugee boy washed up on a beach.
See the lyrics and hear the song on the Songs page for When You're A Refugee
From the album The Road To The Rainbow's End
My new album is now available, hear samples and purchase the CD at the Album Page for The Road To The Rainbow's End.
Pat Tynan has added a new video with some pics of French Row, a favourite busking pitch, as a backdrop to the track French Row from the album Gazing At The Stars All Night.
The track French Row from Gazing at the stars all night CD was played on The Thistle and Shamrock radio show on 27th June 2014. This excellent show with a strong Celtic flavour is aired on National Public Radio across the United States. Presenter Fiona Ritchie had some nice things to say about buskers when introducing this track. You can here the show at http://www.npr.org/2014/06/27/326159373/the-thistle-shamrock-early-summer-sounds and French Row comes in at about 40 minutes from the start.
There are now some samples of golden oldies performed solo,
just go to the Gigs page
Roger Williams who is presenter of an excellent weekly show called A World Of Difference on Trent Sound broadcast a special program on Monday 2nd September 2013 in which my ninth album Gazing At The Stars All Night featured as album of the week.
The St Albans monthly Jazz Jam restarted on the 29th November 2012 at the Portland Arms and with your support should continue on the last Thursday of every month. See the gigs page for details. Musicians wanting a jazz blow are very welcome to join us. We play mainstream jazz standards with guitar based rhythm section and it's a traditional style of pub with some good beers and great food. What's not to like?
The gig dates are on the Gigs page.
My composition Old Soldiers has been arranged for brass band by John Williamson. John has done a great job of interpreting this guitar composition for a full brass band performance, adding some interesting variations and a magnificent ending. The score is now available free of charge to brass bands in the UK on request, simply go to the Contact page and use the contact form to get in touch. A recording of the arrangement is planned with a view to showcasing the arrangement on-line in the near future. In the mean time, you can hear a synth version here.
My composition "old Soldiers" has been arranged by Gareth Cottrell for the Lanner District Silver Band who performed their world premier performance of the piece at Padstow in June 2011. The arrangement features a flugel horn solo and Gareth has added introduction and ending passages which invoke the sound of the Last Post. The tune will be included in a number of forthcoming events including the Lanner Mining Villages Festival on 18th August 2011. For details of the band and its performances see the website for the Lanner and District Silver Band. Based at Lanner, near Redruth in Cornwall, they perform regularly throughout Cornwall and beyond and their many achievements include reaching third place in the Boosey and Hawkes National Brass Band Championships 2003.
The following MP3 was made informally at one of their rehersal sessions.
I have recorded some instrumental tracks, enough for two albums. Wes Maebe, freelance sound engineer, handled the recording session at Cream Studios in Wembley in a day long session in which no less than 23 tunes were recorded, some solo guitar and some with Double bass played by John Rees-Jones. The first album, released May 2009, is called Her Favourite Flower and is a jazz flavoured collection of standards and originals, mostly guitar and bass duos. The second, released in October 2009, is a collection of solo guitar pieces called My Green Guitar, ranging from Cavatina to Classical Gas.
Heartland FM presenter Andrew Huggan played Gazing At The Stars All Night on his new music show "Folk With Drew"
Folkspot Radio presenter Jane Knights played Gazing At The Stars All Night and This Is My Lullaby For You
Radio Dacorum with presenter Daria Kulesh, interview and live performances of French Row, The day that we planted the apple tree, Gazing at the stars all night. Available on catch-up at www.mixcloud.com/dariakulesh9
Argyll FM Saturday night Folk Show presented by Trevox, has played many tracks from the folk albums including I'm Not Crazy Yet, Old Ben and She Got On The Train At Cricklewood
BBC Radio Ulster, Walter Love, "Jazz Club", has played jazz tracks Night And Day, I'm Going Home
BBC Radio Humberside, Henry Ayrton, "The Real Music Show", has played Body And Soul from the album Her Favourite Flower.
Mountain District Radio, Australia, "Folk On The Fringe", presenter Phil Young played I Knew A Girl She Was So Thin, and I’m Not Crazy Yet
BBc Stoke and Staffordshire, Chris Gumbley, "Jazz Beat", played Her Favourite Flower
RTE Lyric fm, Eamonn Lenihan, "After Hours", played Her Favourite Flower
Manx Radio, Bob Harrison, "Afternoon Extra", interview and tracks from Her Favourite Flower album, Cat House and When Sunny Gets Blue
Jazz FM, presenter Bob Sinfield, "Big Band And Trad", played Cat House
BBC Cambridgeshire and BBC Three Counties Radio, Sue Marchant,"Big Night In", interview and live performance of Her Favourite Flower, Round Midnight, Girl From Ipanema, plus CD tracks Cat House and There's A Sound
Albion And Beyond fm89 Little Rock, Arkansas, presenter Len Holton, A boy and his kite, There's a sound
I entered my song "I'm not crazy yet" from the album The Sound Of Life in the UK Songwriting Contest 2008. The results just out are that the song reached the semi-finals with a score of 7 out of 10 in the Folk/Country catagory, which means the song was in the top 15% of over 6200 songs. The contest results are at songwritingcontest.co.uk
The UK Songwriting Contest is held annually in association with The BRIT Trust, The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers, BBC Radio, The World Music Foundation, Music Aid UK and other music industry bodies.
Local photographer Carol Toner snapped Chris Flegg and John Breeze while busking for charity in St Albans and included the image in an exhibition by graduates of West Herts College at Cha Cha Cha Café, Cassiobury Park from September til 7th November 2008 . The photgraph was sold!
My song 'A Hill So High' won second prize in the Maidenhead Folk Club Song Competition 2005. This song is about Wilmington Man, an iron age hill figure carved in chalk on a hillside near Brighton.
I am the man whose giant shape is carved upon an English hill so high
I am the man who left his mark upon this land
I am the man who stood the test of time, two thousand years have passed me by
And here I stand, I am the man
I felled the trees to clear these fields
With pastures green for sheep and cow
To sow my seed the ground I tilled
I worked this land with ox and plough
I am the man who took up arms to drive invaders from this sacred isle
I am the man who spilled their blood upon this land
I am the man who fought with wolf and bear to save the lamb and spare the child
And here I stand, I am the man
I am the man who worshipped ancient gods before you came with cross and church
I am the man who found his faith was in this land
I am the man who built great monuments to sun and moon and mother earth
And here I stand, I am the man
But now I'm just a symbol of a way of life that used to be
I am the man who stands alone here in this land
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