20231124: Friday 24th November: Chris Fox
Support: Josh Robins
At the Golden Hind, 355 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1SP
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £11(door), £10(advance), £9(members).
Award-winning contemporary singer-songwriter Chris Fox is a genre-defying troubadour whose music spans the roots lexicon of folk, Americana, country and blues and reflects thought-provoking topics and humorous insights on life. Enthralled by his rich vocals, complex guitar playing, and loop pedal alchemy, audiences find Chris humorous and thought-provoking in equal measures. His naturally laid back, unostentatious style creates the perfect ambience for an intimate and inclusive live experience, drawing listeners in with tales of the everyday and the unexpected.
Born and raised in Cambridgeshire, Chris Fox cut his teeth playing for pints in local drinking establishments along the river Great Ouse in 2014. Fast forward to an award-winning singer songwriter, Chris has performed at Folk Festivals, clubs and theatres in the UK and Europe as a headliner, in double bills and as support for major acts on the UK folk scene. Runner up in the Bury St Edmunds song competition, he went on to win the Sheringham Showcase to open for Fairport Convention at Folk on The Pier 2018, and the Lichfield Folk Festival song writing competition 2019.
Chris released his first studio album ‘From the Shadows’ and the single ‘Bird of Paradise’ in 2019. Both were well received. Then in September of ’22 Chris released his second studio album ‘In Plain Sight’ to critical acclaim. Further developing his career, Chris has formed a duo with John Parker (Nizlopi, Jackie Oates) on double bass, and recently a trio with the addition of Toby Shaer (Cara Dillon, John McKusker) on fiddle. The 2022 trio album launch for ‘In Plain Sight‘ was SOLD OUT.
"Chris Fox’s voice is simply stunning. Powerful and confident, it’s a considerable instrument full of nuance and feeling, a master class in subtle inflections. Typical of the best of Lyle Lovett, Chris’s briliantly phrased lyrics flow effortlessly like conversation or good poetry; pure class. Like Jake Thackray, Chris has impeccable timing, light and as understated as good jazz. IN PLAIN SIGHT is a full bloodied folk anthem - Chris stands head and shoulders above a crowded field and it’s hard to argue with or top that" - Marc Higgins FATEA Magazine September 2022.
Nominated ‘BEST MALE ARTIST 2022’ - FATEA
‘TIP FOR 2023, ONE TO WATCH’ - RnR Magazine Jan 23
The Running Men, who were going to accompany Chris Fox at this concert, are unable to appear. Chris will perform solo at this concert and will return to the Cambridge Folk Club with The Running Men in 2024.
After a good few years busking around the country, fronting for his band ‘The Mardlers’, and playing in the pubs for beer money, Josh Robins is starting a solo music career. ‘My father was a folk singer’ he says, ‘And I wanna be whatever that looks like in 2023’. He’s spent the last 5 years living, writing and studying from his self-converted van in Cambridge, and has become well known on the local scene for his coherent, poetic, story-driven lyrics, embedded in his education and passion for English literature. In his voice can be heard the northern twang of his family and the rough countryside feel of the East Anglian fens in which he grew up. He considers himself as one amongst the burgeoning scene of young musical immigrants who have settled in Cambridge upon finding like-minded songwriters who trail the pubs looking for drinks, poetry, and a good old fashioned folk song. He sincerely wishes to be a nationally recognised songwriter, and to perform full time around the country. His first professional EP, 'Blessed with a Mess', recorded at Gladeside Studios, was released in September.
‘witty, observational folk songs for the millennial generation’ - Rockshot Magazine