A Chris Conway songs concert is a unique show - "Songs of
Love & Peace & Outer Space" is his slogan and that sums
it up well.
Think David Crosby or James Taylor on a journey taking in Ireland,
a jazz club, and Outer Space (you need to hear The Alien Jellyfish
Song!). Add to this his multi-instrumental wizardry on guitar, piano,
kalimba, Irish whistles and even theremin, entertaining
chat and a soulful voice to die for. Funny at one moment, magical and moving the next.
He has released 14 CDs of his own songs and more in collaborations.
He's played with the cream of the UK folk and folk/rock scene. He is a part of Vikki Clayton's band, and she has recorded two
of his songs. He has played Cropredy Festival twice playing to
20,000 people, and the Edinburgh Fringe 5 times. He has toured with
ex-Monkees Peter Tork, played with members of Jethro Tull and Fairport
Convention as well as Martin Carthy, Sally Barker, Pete Morton, Tommy Emmanuel and Talvin Singh.
He has opened for legends...
Bob Geldof, Roy Wood, Richie Havens, Frances Black, Country Joe McDonald,
Jefferson Starship and Arthur Brown, Dean Friedman amongst others
at packed houses.
Listen a selection of Chris Conway's
songs can be heard this player.
Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Simon Says...Festival, Leicester
Three Gentle Men - Chris Conway/Andy Griffiths/Steve Parker - The Musician, Leicester
Chris Conway & Dan Britton - 40min set - Randall Rootz Festival, Charters Bar, Town Bridge Peterborough PE1 1FP
Chris Conway & Dan Britton - A New Day Festival, Faversham, Kent
Sally Barker + Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Burton Lazars Village Hall, Leicestershire
Sally Barker + Chris Conway & Dan Britton - The Guildhall, Leicester
Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Colvelly Herring Festival, Clovelly, Devon
Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Meddon Village Hall, Devon
Sally Barker + Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Kettering Arts Centre
Sally Barker + Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Alstonefield Village Hall, Derbyshire
Chris Conway - Kettering Library
31st July 2017
chris conway & dan britton @ simon says... festival
Dan & I with percussionist Neil Rabjohn played a 45 minute set at Simon Says...Festival in Leicester.
It was our first at this kind of festival in quite a while but nerves settled in after a couple of songs. I got through the tricky Leaf Boat Dreams with no lyric lapses for the first time - Yay!
We had great sound from our chum Neil Segrott. The set just seemed to breeze by. More photos when we get them.
Set - The Storm, Call Of The Wild, Song For Eric, Leaf Boat Dreams, When Will We Be Married?, The Alien Jellyfish Song, The Snow & The Fire.
23rd May 2017
chris conway & dan britton - suprise me - video
3rd April 2017
great review for "safe harbour"
CHRIS CONWAY & DAN BRITTON
Safe Harbour ****
Chris and Dan celebrate twenty-five years of working together, in Safe Harbour, the pair’s third album as a duo. They’ve also pursued active solo careers during that time, with Conway in particular a prolific songwriter, composer and recording artist across an array of styles, while both play in Celtic outfit, Govannen.
Safe Harbour, released on Conway’s own label, is a fine collection of songs – six from Conway and five from Britton. There’s also a cover of Charles Kingsley and Garnet Rogers’s ‘Three Fishers’, which references the 1838 Clovelly fishing disaster, as does opening track ‘The Storm’ from the pen of Britton, three of whose ancestors perished when twelve boats and twenty-six men left for the herring fishing grounds; only one vessel would return after a storm in the Bristol Channel.
Much of Britton’s material draws its strength from his West Country roots and personal experience (‘Song For Eric’ is about the death of a friend) while Conway’s reveals something of the musical and spiritual traveller. His near-seven-minutes-long ‘Magical Rooms’ is arguably the album’s standout track, reflecting on what makes him who he is and how he got there.
The entire album is a delight, though – satisfyingly rootsy in places (fiddles, mandolin, Irish whistles, bodhran, kalimba and more contributing to the overall mood) with a little jazzy piano here and there in the mix. Strong songs are graced by warm, mellow voices, often in ambitious arrangements, and all beautifully produced in Conway’s home studio. David White - R2 Magazine
12th March 2017
solo songs gig at broood
First solo songs concert since I can remember - months certainly. Went well - new whistles, new kalimba, & new bombarde all debuted - see photo :-) Was fairly bold with the setlist in the first set - "hits" in the 2nd. Then lots of folks to talk to. When I got home I was very tired, a bit hoarse, but pleased. :-)
Old/New" Set 1 - Time To Talk, Tomorrow Lives Again, Long Days Waiting, Alien Phone Invasion, A Little Bit Of Loving, Surprise Me, Easier, Leaf Boat Dreams, Ten Years.
"Hits" Set 2 - The Wishing Tree, Alien Salad Abduction, Lifespell, bombarde interlude, Love Space Station, Damned, Super Heroes Never Die, Wiccan Chicken flutes, Green Clothes, - encore - Three Headed Girl
11th January 2017
vikki clayton - messenger
My compadre of old Vikki Clayton has a new album out. Called Messenger, I play on 7 of the 12 tracks and Vikki sings a version of my song Coming In To Land, and on a song of hers, The Gardener, I produced and played all the instruments.
You can hear clips and buy the album here.
You can hear Vikki's version of Coming In To Land here
24th November 2016
chris conway & dan Britton - safe harbour - new release
Studio album by singer songwriters & multi-instrumentalists Chris Conway & Dan Britton - their first duo studio album in 15 years!
Despite being very busy with Celtic band Govannen, Chris & Dan had never stopped playing concerts of their own songs in a duo, often augmented by Neil Rabjohn's percussion. But they never had the time to go back to the studio.
Sometime around the start of 2016, Dan had recorded a couple of songs with Chris about his family history which were put out on Youtube. Then they started to really enjoy the duo concerts. Somewhere along the line they decided to write some news songs, combine them with songs from their solo albums that were firm favourites in their live set, and record them. This they did here and there throughout 2016, with Chris adding more to the ones Dan had originally recorded. Then suddenly it was done.
What a fab Christo & Dan gig at The Donkey. Our chum Andy Griffiths played a stunning opening songs set!
Dan & I tried a few new songs, with percussionist Neil Rabjohn. I took the big piano keyboard which felt different and probably the way to go for us now. A lovely listening crowd!
We sold some CDs too :-) Thanks to Clare for the photos.
Set - Where Will You Be? Carousell, 1838, Journey's End, Song For Eric, Lifespell, Crazy Horse, Train Of Thought, Wish, The Alien Jellyfish Song, The Snow & The Fire
21st June 2016
1. Chris Conway & Dan Britton album - 15 years after our first duo studio album it was time to do another :-) - work
has begun in earnest and quite a few tracks have been recorded. The album will feature new songs and songs we have been playing together for quite a while.
2. June is Songs Month and I have lots of solngs gigs and slots - solo and with Dan Britton -5 in June! :-)
Check out the gig diary above!
singing and writing a little in his college days CC's singer-songwriting
came of age when he joined The Storm Thives - a trio of singer-songwriters.
Comparisons were made to CSN and other west coast groups. They recorded
a number of albums and some of CCs work with them is collected on his
Whilst with The Storm Thieves CC looked into solo performing and recording,
setting his stall out with Sounds Like Rain CD which got international
Early influences were definitely David Crosby, also John Sebastian,
Jesse Colin Young, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Celtic influences from Alan
Stivell making a kind of US west coast- meets-Celtic sound. He formed
his own band Chris Conway & The Talking Fish.
He then toured Germany 6 times with singer-writer Roger Pugh. On that
tour he met Vikki Clayton who drafted him into her band, playing Cropredy
Festival twice to 20,000 people, and getting him to record on 2 of her
albums including 2 of his songs. Earth Rising was a big CC album with
Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker and a host of other guests on it.
Other CDs followed - a live one, which demostrated his humourous banter
on record, and the twin releases My Mind's Island and Alien Salad Abduction
- the latter reflecting his interest in Filk Music.
5 years went by before Chris returned to making an album of new songs
in the studio with the release of Close the Circle in 2006. Following
this up in 2008 with Songs for Dreamers. In 2010 he released an In Concert
DVD and taken from this a live greatest hits album Live & Peace
& Outer Space. In 2011 he returned to the studio to release Time
Traveller. In 2013 he released an album of filk/space songs Deep Space Love. In 2015 he released another studio album Out Of The Blue.
Through all this time his duo with singer-songwriter Dan Britton has
continued. They have recorded 3 CDs and 1 DVD, played Edinburgh Fringe twice and are a terrific duo
with a big band sound. In 2016 they released Safe Harbour, their first studio duo album for 15 years.