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.
The notional single from the forthcoming songs albm We're All Astronauts
music video is released.
28th March 2018
we're all astronauts - song album cover art revealed
The songs album We're All Astronauts is duo out in early April.
The CD cover will be a fold out Digipack like The Endless Road & Safe Harbour albums.
iTunes/Amazon/Spotify - release date 14th April.
Bandcamp release expected earlier and a preview heads-up to newsletter subscribers.
1st March 2018
new songs album nearly finished
Sorry it's been quiet on the news page for a while. Firstly I've been poorly for a couple of months, but more interestingly, I have been recording a new songs album. I'm just remixing and mastering the tracks as I speak, then it will be the time to choose cover art and an album title.
Though I recorded a songs album Safe Harbour with Dan Britton recently, it's been 3 years since my last solo songs album Out Of The Blue...
More news when I'm finished!
13th December 2017
chris conway solo songs @ kettering library - gig report
It was only my 3rd solo songs full concert this year and my first for 6 months ! Thanks to those who came to see my concert at Kettering Library was fab, thanks to a great audience. Made it a variety night with quite a bit of Filk/silly songs plus bombarde tunes & theremin Xmas carol, and much chat. My voice was a bit husky after a recent cold and some songs demanded digging deep in my memory, but I was very pleased with the response. Set 1 - Another Way Of Living, Alien Salad Abduction, I Want Something, Damned, Old Enough, Bombarde Breton tunes, Nobody Loves Me (Like I Do), Out Of The Blue, Call Me, Science Fiction Eyes.
Set 2 - Love Space Station, The Wishing Tree, Lifespell, Superheroes Never Die, Theremin Interlude (Over The Rainbow, Away In A Manger, Star Trek Theme), Forget About You, Wiccan Chicken Flutes, The Alien Jellyfish Song - encore - Three Headed Girl
10th December 2017
chris conway & dan britton - live set video playlist
Thanks to David Barrs who has uploaded videos of the Chris Conway & Dan Britton 30 minute set at Alstonefield Village Hall -
I've made a playlist in the order we played them - The Storm, Carousel, Song For Eric, Leaf Boat Dreams, The Snow And The Fire, The Alien Jellyfish Song
chris conway & dan britton - leaf boat dreams - live
25th August 2017
chris conway & dan britton - leaf boat dreams - video
19th August 2017
three gentle men - chris conway + andy griffiths + steve parker @ the musician, leicester - gig report
Three Gentle Men with Andy Griffiths & Steve Parker concert went swimmingly. Thanks to the lovely crowd who came to see us! We decided the order of play with a game of rock-paper-scissors - I won so went last, Andy opened and Steve was in the middle. Then we all came together at the end to play 3 songs - one written by each of us. It was grand and gentle night!
My Set - Out Of The Blue, Old Enough*, Leaf Boat Dreams, Superheroes Never Die, Love Space Station - + Lifespell (in trio set)
* = new song!
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
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.