4th Wed
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Chris Conway & Andy Nicholls - Cactus Cafe, Loughborough
jazz
20th Fri
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Govannen - Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall
Celtic
24th Tue
-
Quadelectronic 119 - Quad Studios, 75 Friday Street, Leicester
electronic

news
14th April 2018
audible light - a new album soon...
Audible Light AU6


We have been working on a new album - we have mixed and mastered recordings from our 3rd Anniversary Concert and it sounds good.

It would be Audible Light's sixth album and a follow on from last year's Essence all goes well next stage will be cover art, titles and graphics.

More news when we have it...



06th April 2018
we're all astronauts - new songs album released
Chris Conway - We're All Astronauts 
The songs album We're All Astronauts is now released !
- CD copies have just arrived and they look and sound lovely.

Visit...
Bandcamp -
it's uploaded to hear/download/order CD


We're All Astronauts Webpage - for info, background & lyrics.

iTunes/Amazon/Spotify - There's been a goof uploading (ARRRGH!) - one of the song audios is wrong - so don't get it from here until it;s fixed. Should be fixed in May.


1st April 2018
astronauts - new music video
video 
Astronauts - the notional single from the forthcoming songs albm We're All Astronauts music video is released.

1st April 2018
live happenings - april
earth 
4th Wed
-
Chris Conway & Andy Nicholls - Cactus Cafe, Loughborough
jazz
20th Fri
-
Govannen - Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall
Celtic
24th Tue
-
Quadelectronic 119 - Quad Studios, 75 Friday Street, Leicester
electronic
28th March 2018
we're all astronauts - song album cover art revealed
Chris Conway - We're All Astronauts 
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.


19th March 2018
govannen st patrick's weekend vlog 2018
video 


1st March 2018
new songs album nearly finished
 Chris Conway & Dan Britton @ A New Day Festival 2017
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!


1st February 2018
pathways signed cd draw -
Andy Nciholls & Chris Conway


The winner of the prize draw for a signed CD of the Chris Conway & Andy Nicholls piano & saxophone improvisations album Pathways, drawn from e-newsletter subscribers was Teri in Melton Mowbray. We'll have another CD draw soon.

31st December 2017
2017 round-up

(last year’s figure in brackets)

Gigs – 133 (128)
Celtic - 66 (55)
jazz - 30 (28)
songs - 21 (27)
electronic - 16 (18)

albums – 6 (5)

Mo Coulson & Chris Conway - The Enchanted Forest
Chris Conway - A Full Moon Summer Night's Dream
Memory Wire - Dervish House
Chris Conway & Ajahn Achalo - Three Jewels And A Lotus
Audible Light - Essence
Chris Conway & Andy Nicholls - Pathways

as guest musician - 3 (3)

Kewin Hewick - Driven By Love, Driven By Hate
Alessandro Monti : Unfolk - Collective - Intuitive Maps
Vikki Clayton - Messenger


Compilations 2 (1)
Quadelectronic 100 Vol 7
Quadelectronic 100 Vol 1


DVD
Music from piano album Midnight Window Blue used for DVD 188 Miles To Appleby - a film by Charlotte Patte.

Notable Venues & Festivals
A New Day Festival
Simon Says...Festival
Leicestershire Countryside Fair
Clovelly Herring Festival
Kettering Arts Centre
Leicester Guildhall
Bradgate Park Acoustic Picnic
Randal Rootz Festival, Peterborough

Notable Events
Twilight Sky Music - new label for new age music started with 2 releases.
Quadelectronic 9th Anniversary
YouTube of Buddha Dreamer passes 6 Million listens.
Audible Light's 3rd Anniversary
25 years working with Dan Britton and with Andy Nicholls.
Album totall reached 130.


13th December 2017
chris conway solo songs @ kettering library - gig report
Image may contain: 1 person, playing a musical instrument and guitar
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
video 
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


See the video playlist here



9th December 2017
chris conway & dan britton - leaf boat dreams - live
video 


16th Novenmber 2017
Chris Conway & Ajahn Achalo - Homage To Buddha
video 


9th November 2017
the enchanted forest - win a signed cd
Mo Coulson & Chris Conway - The Enchanted Forest 
To be up for winning a signed copy of the Chris Conway & Mo Coulson album The Enchanted Forest, just sign up for the Chris Conway e-newsletter -------------------->

I will draw the lucky winner from the newsletter subscriber list at the end of November using random.org number generator. Mo & I only signed 1 copy so this is a unique thing!

CONGRATULATIONS! to Suzie in Leicestershire - the lucky winner!

5th October 2017
audible light - a thousand seeds - video
video
Audible Light - Essence


I made a promo video for Audible Light's Essesnce album using the liquid light art of Lumiere Ogbanje.


25th August 2017
chris conway & dan britton - leaf boat dreams - video
video

Safe Harbour



26th September 2017
the enchanted forest - mo coulson & chris conway - new release!
Mo Coulson & Chris Conway - The Enchanted Forest 

Mo Coulson & Chris Conway's 3rd album The Enchanted Forest is now out on Bandcamp to stream and/or download (£5)
CDs in limited numbersare available. from the CD webpage or Bandcamp

Downloads - Bandcamp - Amazon.co.uk - Amazon.com - Mo Coulson Chris Conway album The Enchanted Forest album

streaming
- Spotify - Bandcamp

It is a multi-instrumental journey through an enchanted forest, and like the last 2 albums Spirits Of The Mermaid, and Spirits Of The Angels. there is a story to follow in the liner notes which are also on the Bandcamp and album website pages.

We've been recording it through the spring and summer and we are delighted how it has turned out. It is the 2nd album on my new Twilight Sky label.
Enjoy the journey. :-)




31st August 2017
chris conway & dan britton @ a new day festival - gig report
Chris Conway & Dan Britton @ A New Day Festival 2017

It was cool playing at a proper festival - A New Day Festival was down in Faversham, Kent - Left home at 7.15am and back home at 7.15pm for a 40 minute set!

Went well though, nice to see old friends, a good crowd, and we sold 24CDs and I met Focus's Pierre van der Linden backstage.

Set - The Storm, Lifespell, Song For Eric, Train Of Thought, Snow and the Fire, The Alien Jellyfish Song, When Will We Be Married?



25th August 2017
chris conway & dan britton - leaf boat dreams - video
video

Safe Harbour



19th August 2017
three gentle men - chris conway + andy griffiths + steve parker @ the musician, leicester - gig report
Three Gentle Men - Chris Conway, Steve Parker, Andy Griffiths
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
Chris Conway & Dan Britton @ Simon Says Festival 2017
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.
14th July 2017
a full moon summer night's dream - new piano release
Chris Conway - A Full Moon Summer Night's Dream

I recorded a new solo piano improvisation album - all one track.
My last piano album Outside In was recorded at noone with outside sounds. This album was recorded by candlelight at full moon at midnight and thus is its nightime companion. I struck a Tibetan singing bowl 3 times at the beginning, along the way, and at the end, making a kind of ritual. I recorded it in one go in about an hour.

The music is quiet, sparse and like nothing I have done before - it sounds like modern classical somehow. But it makes an interesting step on the journey from Glisten (short varied tracks), Midnight Window Blue (longer tracks & minimalism), Outside In (one whole piece wandering where it will)

See webpage here
- it is streamable and downloadable (£5) from Bandcamp now.
- iTunes, Amazon, Spotify in a few weeks
- CDrs made to order.
- hear it here


26th June 2017
memory wire - dervish house - new release
Memory Wire - Dervish House



Ambient duo Memory Wire release new album Dervish House. It is their 9th album and their first for 2 years.
All tracks feature special guest guitarist & bassist Dave Everitt, who also featured on the group's Parallel album. It also features on one track vocalist Linda Faulkner who sang on their previous Underground album.

The plan was to make an album with a stronger minimal music influence - this time we went for it with a long first and short 2nd track. The third track continues the minimal theme, then transforms to an albient dreamscape, a vibe which carried through the rest of the album. We are delighted at the result!

see web page here
hear it here


8th June 2017
great 4 star reviews for "pathways" and "essesnce"
walker
Chris Conway & Andy Nicholls - Pathways . Audible Light - Essence

CHRIS CONWAY & ANDY NICHOLLS - Pathways
****
AUDIBLE LIGHT - Essence
****
Hot on the heels of his duo album, Safe Harbour, with fellow singer-songwriter Dan Britton, Leicester-based Chris Conway recorded this album of instrumentals with tenor sax player Andy Nicholls. Indeed, Conway is a talented multi-instrumentalist and here he contributes piano. The pair have enjoyed playing jazz together for approaching three decades now but their improvisational approach on Pathways, pretty much live in the studio, is a first for them.
It’s a magnificently mellow sound that they conjure, on tracks entitled ‘Gentle Fire’, ‘A Mist Of Trees’, and ‘Open Skylight’ (graced by the resultant rain and bird sounds), perfect for late nights or that slow-to-surface Sunday morning-after-the-night-before, and the two musicians’ mutual familiarity is evident in the relaxed, intimate sounds that they generate.

Meanwhile, in yet another release on Conway’s prolific Oblong label, he and fellow musicians Andy Atyeo (electric guitar, synthesiser, laptop), Lee Hayden (bass), Jim Tetlow (laptop with keyboard) – collectively known as Audible Light – and guest Chris Thornhill (guitar, violin, effects) have recorded Essence, another in their series of ambient collections, this one multi-tracked live at the Ambient Underground 5 event in Leicester.
Conway himself contributes keyboards and theremin amongst other sounds and textures, and overall Essence proves a suitably moody complement to the jazzier Pathways, each album stimulating and relaxing in equal measure.

David White - RnR Magazine


29th May 2017
chris conway & andy nicholls - uncharted waters - video
video

Chris Conway & Andy Nicholls - Pathways

23rd May 2017
chris conway & dan britton - suprise me - video
video

Safe Harbour



15th May 2017
electric skies - so far away - video
video

Chris Conway Electric Skies



14th May 2017
buddha dreamer youtube gets 5 million views!

this YouTube of my album Buddha Dreamer played twice over just passed 5 million views!!! . That is amazing! This last million took just 3 months!

It was uploaded by a company under license from the record label. I do get some royalty and PRS from this but sums from streamed music is small and there is a complex path to get to me.

But I am just chuffed at the numbers of listeners and I get such lovely comments under this YouTube. :-)


26th April 2017
outside in - full album video on youtube
video

Chris Conway Outside In

I have slowly been trying to put up 1 track from each album as a promo video on Youtube. Well Outside In only has 1 track - so a 51minute video had to be done!




6th April 2017
chris conway & ajahn achalo - three jewels and a lotus
- new download release
Conway Achalo Three Jewels And A Lotus
After 8 months of work the collaborative album with Buddhist monk Ajahn Achalo and myself, all conducted by email between his monastery in Bangkok and my studio in Leicester has been completed. His chanting and my wafty music, plus guests sitar player Neil Donoghue I worked with on Ayurveda Gold, and Celtic harper Mo Coulson

His students are releasing a CD but it will only be distributed at monasteries in Thailand and Malaysia, but he has said I can co-ordinate a digital release. It has just gone up on Bandcamp, where you can listen or download it and name-your-price (including £0). iTunes, Spotify, etc to follow.

Hear it here



3rd April 2017
great review for "safe harbour"
walker
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


 
 

christo trivia

nicknames
CC, Christo
where born
Ann Arbor, Michigan , USA
first album bought
Santana - Caravanserei
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David Crosby
best live gig seen
Kishori Amonkar - Kensington Town Hall,
London 2004
5 desert island discs
Terje Rypdal - Descendre
Terry Riley - Persian Surgery Dervishes
Kishori Amonkar - Born To Sing
The Free Design - Stars Time Bubbles Love
Eduard Artemiev - Soundtracks to Solaris, Stalker & Mirror
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Solaris - (70s Tarkovsky version)
The Time of Your Life
The Gang's All Here
Jab We Met
You Can't Take It With You
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The Prisoner
Star Trek (all)
Larry Sanders Show
Barney Miller
The Addams Family
1st tv/movie crush
Mary Tyler Moore
current tv/movie crush
Deepika Padukone
5 authors

Charles Harness
Bruce Sterling
Ian McDonald
Jack McDevitt
William Gibson

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cereal
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no alcohol / diet coke/ liquorice & mint tea
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