“It’s so refreshing to hear someone who doesn’t obey the rules”
Dai Jeffries – Folking.com
Like with so many musicians before, acclaimed folk music commentator Dai Jeffries captures the essence of Chris Cleverley’s act in a single sentence.
At times we see artists who stand out as having crafted a unique place for themselves within the genre. Chris Cleverley has emerged as a writer, performer and character who defies comparison, delivering a unique re-sculpting of 21st Century folk music. A true enigma of the UK Folk Scene; at times mysterious and gentle, at others candid and revealing. With soothing delicacy and ferocious vigour in equal measures, Chris is a performer of great dynamics and pronounced contrasts.
Chris has crafted a reputation as a songwriter of singular ability with characteristic original and traditional material that has resonated deeply with audiences up and down the UK. His unique brand of contemporary folk contrasts the calming, pastoral influence of a childhood spent roaming the foothills of the Brecon Beacons and Cornish coastlines, with the anxious frenzy of an urban mind shaped by 29 years in the UK’s bustling second city.
The raw and at times unsettling honesty of his lyricism is said to sit curiously over the delicate intricacy of his fingerstyle guitar and banjo. With guitar playing ancestry pulsing through his veins, Chris is fast gaining the accolade of being among the most masterful players on the scene. Continuing the legacy of his heroes such as Nic Jones and John Renbourn his playing style faithfully captures the essence of the folk revival and its musical heavyweights.
Chris’ critically acclaimed debut album ‘Apparitions’ sailed into The Telegraph’s top 70 folk albums of 2015, while the leading publications of the national music press such as Acoustic Magazine, fRoots, R2, Maverick and Folk Radio UK encouraged readers to keep a close eye. Since winning Bristol Folk Festival’s 2014 ‘Isambard Folk Award’, Chris’ national presence has grown exponentially, gracing BBC radio airwaves and the stages of top UK folk festivals.
Chris can be seen touring the UK Folk Clubs, Arts Centres and Concert Venues with his dynamic solo live sound as well as part of a high profile songwriting project, The Company of Players, which includes such rising stars of the national scene as BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Sam Kelly, Kelly Oliver, Kim Lowings, Said The Maiden, Lukas Drinkwater, Daria Kulesh and Minnie Birch.
Chris is currently in the pre-production phase of his eagerly anticipated 2nd album. Bringing together some of the finest names in contemporary folk, this project of great magnitude promises to be well worth the wait.