National Press

“A neat fingerstyle technique and a sweet voice” – The Daily Telegraph

“Any tune could warrant a mention given the accomplishment displayed on Apparitions” – R2  ★★★★

“Deeply personal, meaningful and enjoyable” Maverick  ★★★★

“Sheer Stylishness” – fRoots

An entirely satisfying and impressive debut” – Folk Radio UK

“A rising folk star” – FATEA

“With artists like Chris Cleverley writing and performing like this, the new British folk scene is in incredibly rude health” – Rock Society

Radio – Live on air

“A fine singer/songwriter” – Johnny Coppin, BBC Radio Gloucestershire

“Apparitions is Album of the Week” – Cherrie McIlwaine, BBC Radio Ulster

“Dramatic” – Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales


“Sublime…Charming” – Martha Tilston

“Lovely singing and guitar playing” – Martin Simpson

“A stunning live set” – Eleanor Mcavoy

“Wonderful stuff” – Steve Tilston

“So lovely to share the stage with Chris” – Cara Luft

“Chris has a delicate touch we can all learn from” – Dan Whitehouse

“Chris’ guitar playing is nuts” –Luke Jackson,

Venues and Festivals

“The Sublime guitar playing of Chris Cleverley; One of the highlights of this year’s festival” – Stroud Folk Festival

“Imprinted forever on the hearts and minds of the 100+ strong audience” – Downend Folk Club

“Wonderfully talented” – Moseley Folk Festival

“A rising star of the Birmingham music scene” – Kitchen Garden Café

“As folk as they come, Chris has traditional unaccompanied songs and self-penned works of beauty in his canon, steeped in traditional folky keys.” – Ben Calvert: Bohemian Jukebox Record Label


“The appearance of Apparitions provides another step on the path to bolstering his deserved reputation.” Bright Young Folk

“An astonishingly talented and inventive singer/songwriter” – Robin Valk, Radio To Go

“Chris Cleverley’s Apparitions is substantial and full of body and soul; a tremendous debut in every sense and one that is full of spirited belief.” – Ian D. Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision

“An absolute vision of delight” – Mike Davies, The Beat

“It’s so refreshing to hear someone who doesn’t obey the rules – every time you think you have a handle on this record he dances away to something new.” – Dai Jefferies,

Local Press

“A talented fingerpicking guitarist and banjo player” Shire Folk Magazine (Oxfordshire)

“Guitar virtuosity and ability with a top tune” -Gavin McNamara, Downend Voice (Bristol)

“Beautifully laconic…absurdly humble… The funniest man to ever sell me a CD” – Ed King, Editor@ Birmingham Review (Birmingham)

“Cleverley‘s rich guitar and delicate voice epitomise the cold nostalgia of England’s green and pleasant land.” – Matthew Osbourne, Birmingham Review (Birmingham)

“Apparitions is a subtle, yet enchanting album which slowly seduces the lisener into repeat spins!” – SLAP Magazine, (Worcester)

Reviews and Features

R2 Magazine – Review

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Maverick Magazine – Review

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Acoustic Magazine – ‘Retune’ Feature

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Rock Society Magazine – Review

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