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


1st December 2017
live happenings - december
earth 
2nd Sat
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Sally Barker + Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Alstonefield Village Hall
songs
5th Tue
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Andy Nicholls Quintet - Regent Jazz, The Regent Club, Leicester
jazz
8th Fri
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Govannen - Thornton Community Centre
Celtic
10th Sun
1-2pm
Govannen - Loughborough Xmas Fair
Celtic
13th Wed
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Chris Conway - Kettering Library
songs
17th Sun
4-6pm
Govannen - The Boat, Melton Mowbray
Celtic
19th Tue
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Quadelectronic 115 - Quad Studios, 75 Friday Street, Leicester
electronic
20th Wed
8pm
Chris Conway & Andy Nicholls - Marabel Ristorante, Leicester
jazz
22nd Fri
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Govannen - Sugar Loaf, Ab Kettelby
Celtic
29th Fri
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Govannen - Unicorn's Head, Langar, Leics
Celtic
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
Image may contain: one or more people, people on stage and people playing musical instruments

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
Image may contain: one or more people, people on stage and people playing musical instruments
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
Image may contain: one or more people, people on stage and people playing musical instruments
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


30th March 2017
quadelectronic 100 - Volume 1 & 2 - new releases

Quadelectronic is the monthly electronic improvisation event I organise and to celebrate our 100th event we said we would release all of the music from the night and here it is. A splendid night it was with 9 musicians and our liquid lightshow artist Lumiere Ogbanje -

Chris Conway:
theremin, electric piano, low whistle, vocals, effects
Jez Creek: iPads, effects
Steve Escott: bass, effects
Linda Faulkner: vocals
Alan Freeman: Korg MS-20, effects
Steve Freeman: Moog Rogue, bowed CD, effects
Dave Powell: symphony hurdy-gurdy, effects
Matt Stone: guitar, effects
Jim Tetlow: laptop with keyboard, cajón

There is variety on both volumes but Volume 1 is the more sounds based and Volume 2 the more melodic. You can stream them online or download them and name your own price (including £0)
Vol.1

Vol.2



28th March 2017
quadelectronic documents - new archive
Quadelectronic documents

An archive of all recordings made at Quadelectronic events over the past 8 and a half years is being uplodaded by Alan Freeman. More recordings are being added all the time from the very first Quadelectronic 1 in 17 June 2008.

It's fascinating hearing these undedited recordings. Although each event has it;s own atmosphere, it is fair to say we have eveolved over the years to more of an ambient aesthetic. Things were pretty lively and noisy back then and we started out doing long improvisations where players dropped in and out as they please. Only after a few months did I come up with the randomly chosen groups playing for 7ish minutes format.

Check out the Quadelectronic Documents archive page here


26th March 2017
alessandro monti - urban folk - intuitive maps
Alessandro Monti Unfolk - Intruitive Maps

Last summer a bass player from Venice came to Leicester and organised some jam sessions involving myself and other local msuicians to record for his Urban Folk project album "Intuitive Maps"
The music was instrumental and quite psychodelic. Well the album has been released and I play theremin, keybaords, flutes, kalimba and voice on 3 long tracks = 35minutes

Trailer YouTube here
Alessandro's page here

20th March 2017
govannen annual st patrick's vlog 2017
video





12th March 2017
solo songs gig at broood
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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


7th March 2017
meeting gilbert o'sullivan
Gilbert O'Sullivan & Chris Conway

I got to meet Gilbert O'Sullivan after his concert in Birmingham. I gave him a copy of my album Out Of The Blue which I thought he might like - especially Lost In My Mind - and he singed my copy of his great Latin album Latin A La G.

I told him what I liked most about his music was the unexpected chord changes, especially in the bridge of his songs, and he lit up and said that was what he enjoyed most as well.
A nice guy and it was a great concert :-)

26th February 2017
audible light - essence - new release
Audible Light - Essence

Audible Light release our 5th album Essesnce on the Zorpin label.
Recorded live at the Ambient Underground 6 concert at The Cookie, Leicester in January in multitrack enabling us to mix it really nicely. Guitarist/violinist Chris Thornhill joined us a special guest on 2 tracks.
Every Audible Light album has a slightly different vibe and this onehas an airy, floaty feel. There are some great minimal music tracks and some spacey waftiness too. As always, balance is our thing.
CDrs available soon, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify in a few weeks.
Hear it here, and download it if you like for £5


11th February 2017
chris conway & andy nicholls - pathways - new release
Chris Conway & Andy Nicholls - Pathways

Piano & tenor saxophone improvisations
After 27 years playing jazz together we decided to do something new - record an album of improvisations. For me it was a logical extension of my solo piano improvisations albums Glisten, Midnight Window Blue & Outside In.
It was a quite a revelation how naturally we took to this. We mostly play compositions at our gigs in bars and weddings. but it all came naturally and the interaction showed our long association had been built on listening and responding.
We haqve made a short run of CDs but the album is also available to download from Bandcamp. now.
For more info see album website
Hear the album here


29th January 2017
piano & tenor sax improvisations album - recording complete
Chris Conway Andy Nicholls recording

Months ago Andy Nicholls and I recorded 6 piano & tenor saxophone improvisations. Today we recorded 7 more and have completed recording for the album. In fact we have more than we need. Next comes mixing and mastering, then tracks and albums titles, and cover art. It's amazing that int he 26 years we have played together we have never thought of doing this.

26th January 2017
mo coulson in the studio & other studio news
Mo Coulson
Celtic harper chum Mo Coulson came to the studio yesterday without much of a plan but we seem to have started another album.
It will be our 3rd after Spirits Of The Mermaids & Spirits Of The Angels. We completed 3 tracks in the afternoon and we shall return to this project over the next few months.

Sax player Andy Nicholls comes to the studio soon to finish our album of improvisations ofr piano and tenor saxophone.

Audible Light took good multitrack recordings from Ambient Underground 6 concert and we are mixing it soon.

100th Quadelectronic event recordings are also due to be mastered for release soon.
19th January 2017
audible light - night forest - 40 minute promo video
video
Audible Light - Convergence

Trying to cathc up on promo videos, I made a YouTube video for 40 minute track Night Forest from the Audible Light album Convergence.
The whole album is now uploaded and can be hear on this playlist


11th January 2017
vikki clayton - messenger
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


31st December 2016
2016 round-up

(last year’s figure in brackets)

Gigs – 128 (120)
Celtic - 55 (59)
jazz - 28 (26)
songs - 27 (20)
electronic - 18 (15)

albums – 5 (10)

Govannen – Celtic Air
Audible Light – Convergence
Chris Conway – Outside In
Chris Conway – Electric Skies
Chris Conway & Dan Britton – Safe Harbour

as guest musician - 2 (3)

Lorraine Bowen – The Crumble Lady
Simon Waldram - Insolation compilation - 1 (1)
Dan Britton & Friends – A Falling Leaf

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

Notable Venues & Festivals
Simon Says...Festival
Leicestershire Countryside Fair
Clovelly Herring Festival
Kettering Arts Centre
Leicester Guildhall
Acoustic Gardens 2, Belgrave Hall
Solo theremin set opening for The Enid @ The Musician

Notable Events
Happy Landings 25th Anniversary,
Quadelectronic 8th Anniversary
YouTube of Buddha Dreamer passes 2.5 Million listens.
First studio Conway/Britton album for 15 years.

2016
A busier year live but not so manic in the studio. Celtic Air took a long time to put together, co-ordinating 5 of in the band and arranging it all. Focussed thereafter on more arty albums for me. Wouldve been busier but had to cancel 4 gigs with the flu. Studio time was busy with working for recording fchants or Buddhist monk Ajahn Achalo. Celtic - a new album from Govannen Celtic Air. Govannen stayed pretty busy.

Songs – Chris Conway & Dan Britton album Safe Harbour, tour to Devon, and gigs with Sally Barker & Mia and the Moon.

Jazz – Solo jazz piano album Outside In. Happy Landings trio 25th Anniversary reunion concert.

Electronic - Audible Light album Convergence and solo ambient theremin album Electric Skies. Solo theremin concert opening for The Enid.

New Age – Govannen album Celtic Air released on new age labl Paradise Music. Ongoing recordings of chanting with Buddhist monk Ajahn Achalo.

A very busy summer (60 gigs in 4 months) and a quieter winter. It's been a year of greater variety, - more songs, more jazz, more electronic, and one where I allowed myself to follow my interests more.


 
 

christo trivia

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where born
Ann Arbor, Michigan , USA
first album bought
Santana - Caravanserei
biggest influence on songwriting
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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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
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Mary Tyler Moore
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Deepika Padukone
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Charles Harness
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Ian McDonald
Jack McDevitt
William Gibson

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BOOKS
Ray Bradbury - Green Shadows White Whale
Shine - sci-fi sjort stories with a positive outlook






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Secret Superstar
Secret Superstar -
child singer posts songs to youtube incognito

Judwaa 2 -
silly comedy about sepatarted twins.

Jardin En Autumne -
gently surreal French film

Hindi Medium
- fun satire on Indian school system.

Suspicion (1941)


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Danger Man
Dick Van Dyke Show
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