Chris T-T is an English songwriter, acclaimed for vivid, outspoken, inventive songwriting and occasional bursts of withering sarcasm. T-T songs are fiercely literate, brimful of unique perspective and underpinned by a strong sense of place. He has recently signed up to Xtra Mile Recordings and label-mate Frank Turner often includes a cover of Chris T-T's "The Huntsman Comes A-Marchin'" in his live set.
He's released four full-length studio albums, one live collection and a pile of singles and EPs. His most recent release, 9 Red Songs (October 2005), is a folk-protest mini-album. His previous two albums, The 253 (2001) and London Is Sinking (2003) form two-thirds of an as-yet incomplete trilogy about London.
Chris has also played sessions on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3, BBC6Music, Resonance FM, LBC, Selector for the British Council and various regional stations, and has headlined shows across the UK, toured mainland Europe and the United States, including the CMJ Seminar in New York and Glastonbury Festival. His support CV includes Ben Folds, British Sea Power, The Divine Comedy, Elbow, Tom Robinson, Brakes, Electric Soft Parade, Quasi, Emma Pollock (Delgados), Jim Bob (Carter USM), author Iain Sinclair, KT Tunstall, Madrugada, Hefner, Robyn Hitchcock, Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue) and many others. In 2004, Chris joined the Tom Robinson Band for Tom's annual Castaway Party at Battersea Arts Centre.
Chris has written pieces for several books and articles for a number of magazines. He has composed a live re-soundtrack to cult Japanese movie Battle Royale, which was performed at Soho's Other Cinema and he's been commissioned to write music for an exhibit at the Natural History Museum.
He has also read short stories on Resonance FM, written childrens' poetry for the BBC's Jackanory website and curated an evening of political documentaries at Greenwich Film Festival."Outstanding. Genius. A modern-day Blake."
- SUNDAY TIMES (top 5 albums of the year, 01 & 03)"A wry smile, a white-knuckle ride - and builds to a blistering climax. A folk wonder."
- NME"A national gem of a songwriter."
- THE INDEPENDENT"Genius songwriting."
- THE GUARDIAN"Too many protest singers, not enough protest songs. Luckily we found the best one."
- DROWNED IN SOUNDJULIPmyspace.com/julipmusic
After the dissolution of the enormously popular Torgas Valley Reds, Barry Peak (ex-Backwater) began playing solo shows around Belfast, opening up at punk rock shows with an acoustic set that saw his songwriting take a new, melancholic direction. Joined frequently by Niall Harden on banjo, guitar and drums, the two played for around a year as a duo with friends like Tanya Mellotte of Skibunny (formerly Barry's bandmate in Go Commando) helping out when they could. In April 2007 the two were joined by some friends from the Belfast rock-post-rock group Tracer AMC, and became Julip. MY FIRST TOOTHmyspace.com/myfirsttooth
My First tooth is the brain child (and love child) of One Toy Soldier's Ross Witt. Influenced and inspired by bands like the Eels, Okkervil River, The Good Life and Neutral Milk Hotel, Witt initially began MFT as a solo singer songwriter project with an unabashed adoration of modern indie folk. But, with an enthusiastic response from many local musicians (and the addition of violins and more vocals) it quickly developed into something else...something grand and with ambition but slightly awkward and unsure of itself at the same time.
Witt's admiration for musicians like Joanna Newsom and Will Sheff shine through in his eloquent and lucid storytelling, which raises the whole project way above the usual singer songwriter dross. Yes, Witt can spin a yarn about a boy with a broken heart but he’ll do it so subtly and deftly that it will wrap you up in a blanket under the stars and enchant you like the first fairy tale you heard as a child. These songs can be a lullaby for lost and the lonely or a swift punch to the chest, but either way, we defy you not to be moved."Simultaneously rough and delicate, MFT make music that’ll quietly ravage your heart, then give it a gentle stroke better. Killer pretty stuff"
- XFM"There really is no reason why this guy cannot become the British Willy Mason."
Heliopause began with the quiet sketchbook tracks created by Singer/Songwriter/Artist, Richard Davis. They were low-key songs made up of layered guitar and vocals. Soft and haunting. Towards the end of 2005, Michael Kinloch (Tracer AMC) and Niall Harden (Iden Green) came on board and so Heliopause was formed, making their debut in February 2006. Their sound has been compared to the likes of American Analog Set and Grandaddy, and they have already supported acts such as Quasi and New York’s Jeffrey & Jack Lewis. Heliopause is still ever changing, taking the music to Berlin (and back again), with recordings planned and a forthcoming 12" EP release in the new year. DOLBRO DANmyspace.com/dolbrodan
Dolbro Dan aka Daniel Mulligan, is a 23 year old songwriter from Bangor, Northern Ireland. He plays Bob Dylan-esque alt-folk songs on harmonica and 'dolbro' resonator guitar, and has been busy all summer in the studio recording "Singin' Homemade Music" which is out now on Grab It & Run Records."Don't miss acoustic folk-minded Dolbro Dan whose musical maturity belies his tender years"
- BELFAST TELEGRAPH "Daniel's songs are simple but effective strummers with charming self-referential ruminations. There's a great sense of self-deprecating humour and fun with a keen handle on when to play it entirely straight too."
- AU CHRIS T-T
MY FIRST TOOTH
@ THE BUNKER, BELFAST
SUNDAY, 2ND DECEMBER '07
DOORS 8PM, £5 (pay on the door)