Chris Wood at Peel Centenary Centre

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Last Saturday, the Centenary Centre played host to Chris Wood, BBC Folk Singer/Songwriter/Musician of the year, one half of Wood & Cutting and long time collaborator with Martin Carthy, Roger Wilson and more.

However, that impressive introduction alone does not do justice to the refreshingly honest and down-to-earth delivery that he gave in Peel at the weekend. The evening began with the captivating and mellow sounds of his guitar which, coupled with Chris' brazen and provocative wit, set the tone for the rest of the evening.

Chris' mastery of the guitar is rivalled only by his skills as a lyricist. The subject matter for his songs can only be described as a comic but considered social commentary on the human condition in modern life. His songs draw from a combination of experience and observation and it is perhaps because of this that he repeatedly, and modestly, said that his songs often 'wrote themselves'.

Chris Wood at Peel Centenary Centre last Saturday

It is without a doubt that Chris captivated, delighted, and sometimes shocked, his audience from the start to finish. We would like to extend our huge thanks and gratitude to David Mclean and everyone at Peel Centenary Centre for bringing Chris over and hope to see him on the island again soon.

So Much to Defend by Chris Wood

Find out more about Chris Wood via his website.

Peel Centenary Centre are the only arts and community centre run entirely by volunteers, see more about the Peel Centenary Centre's programme of events here.

The Arts Council proudly support Peel Centenary Centre through funding. Find out more about our funding scheme here.


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