Chris Brain + James Waudby + Rob Meranghi
+ James Waudby
Tuesday 17th October
The New Adelphi Club
Tickets: £5.00 Advance/£7.00 OTD
Chris Brain renders songs embedded in folk tradition with a contemporary resonance. Hailing from Yorkshire, Brain finds inspiration from pastoral landscape and soaring figures from the natural world.
He released his debut, critically acclaimed and widely distributed album, Bound to Rise, in 2022. Capturing 10 live performances of enthralling meditations on nature with glimpses of the confessional, Bound to Rise was driven by his distinctive fingerpicked guitar and warm vocals. Now working on a second album to be released at the start of October 2023 and to be toured nationally in October/November 2023.
Brain is deeply rooted in the UK folk scene, running two folk clubs in Leeds where he resides, which attract a wide range of audiences and musicians alike.
#22 The Official UK Folk Charts
‘An acoustic gem’
BBC Radio 6, Tom Robinson
‘A gentle, intoxicating debut album by Yorkshire folkie Brain. He’s a superb fingerpick- ing guitarist whose soft vocal will immediately bring comparisons with Nick Drake, while his playing style bears comparison with another late legend, John Martyn. The themes of nature, sunshine and flight in tracks like Bound To Rise, Flying On Time and Peace & Quiet allow him to create an enchanting introduction.’ ★★★★ Daily Express
‘Leeds-based Chris Brain specialises in songs full of bucolic imagery to which his balmy voice with shades of John Martyn, Nick Drake and Colin Blunstone and intricate fingerpicking are ideally suited.’ Yorkshire Post – ★★★★
(Record of the week) Jericho Keys – ‘Absolutely amazing, I had the chance to see him play live and this lad is so talented, if you ever get the chance to see him, then I urge you to go’
BBC Radio York
‘It is the atmospherics of a Nick Drake album that first come to mind when listening to Chris’s songs, and his intricate guitar playing has overtones of John Martyn and even Joni Mitchell with the songs flowing well without being intrusive so very easy to listen to’ Folk London, Joe Whittaker
‘Fantastic Yorkshire singer songwriter’ Shindig Magazine – ‘Brain’s delicate fingerpicking acoustic patterns are steeped in the folk tradition and nestle comfortable alongside tastefully deployed violin and piano to create a warm intimate setting, You can almost whiff falling autumn leaves in the reflective ‘Sunday Morn’ & melancholic ‘Flying on time’, elsewhere the perfectly crafted ‘Golden Eagle’ and ‘Chance to see’ are gentle odes to the natural world’. ★★★★ BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Tim Walker