Chris Wood is to play in the town

Chris Wood in action. Picture by John Bentley.
Chris Wood in action. Picture by John Bentley.

CHRIS Wood will be playing in Belper as part of a folk event in the town.

He started out as a choirboy and much of his music bears the influence of those years spent with the likes of Bach, Handel, Gibbons and Boyce.

Self-taught on guitar and violin, he is a lifelong autodidact – and his independent streak shines through in his composition and studio work.

Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. His work is typified by his trust in the space music can create, and a gift for lyrical understatement

Throughout his career independence has been balanced by collaboration working with some of the best names in the folk and wider music industries.

He is the founder of The English Acoustic Collective, a movable feast of musicians, writers, photographers and choreographers who look to England’s indigenous arts as their inspiration. He is a winner of Album of The Year and Singer of the Year awards from BBC Radio Two.

We are very lucky locally that this acclaimed performer is coming to Belper Rugby Club as part of their ‘Folk at Strutt’s Field’ season. Chris will be at the club on Derby Road, Belper on Thursday, March 15. Doors open at 7.30pm and there will be some musical support before the main performance at 9pm.

The club has a comfortable ambience and ample parking. Admission is £10 in aid of club funds and advance tickets can be obtained from John Rooney on 07986865307 or email You might be able to pay on the door – but this is an extremely popular entertainer - so you might not.