From UK to Canada, folk singer Chris comes back to his roots

Chris Ronald
Chris Ronald

Contemporary folk singer-songwriter Chris Ronald emigrated from England in 2002 and now lives in Vancouver – but folk fans can catch him at this month’s Garstang Unplugged night.

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Influenced by British and North American artists, Ronald’s music has been described as ‘Canadian folk with British roots’, and likened to ‘the country and folk that came out of Laurel Canyon and the British Isles in the mid-seventies.’

A spokesman said: “Ronald first got hooked on songwriting aged 15 when he put to music a poem he wrote in high school, but he only started to go public in his 30s after moving to Canada and self-producing his first two albums: Pacific Time and Turning Tides.

“Reviews praised his songwriting, clear tenor voice and wondered where his obvious talent had been hiding.

“Encouraged, Ronald went one step further on his next project hiring ace producer John MacArthur Ellis. The resulting Timeline album catapulted Ronald to a new level in his career with a nomination for Songwriter of the Year at the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

“In live performance, he draws on his abilities as a highly-skilled singer, storyteller and musician to deliver a show that is captivating and unique. And in 2017, Ronald added another batch of songs with his latest album Fragments.”

- Garstang Unplugged, Kenlis Arms, Garstang, Thursday, from 8pm. Tickets cost £10 on the door.