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GIG DIARY

Chris Leslie

Friday 30th October 2015

The Kingston Barn, nr Canterbury


Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start
Tickets 
£15 online
£16 in advance 
£17 on the door
 



Chris Leslie is gifted well beyond his years with fabulous skills on fiddle, mandolin and vocal chords!  Primarily known for the past eighteen years for his outstanding work with Fairport Convention.

Brought up in Oxfordshire and inspired by local musicians, Chris began playing the fiddle at the age of thirteen. One of his early influences and, later, his mentor was Fairport Convention's then-fiddler Dave Swarbrick.

Chris studied violin making in Nottinghamshire and completed his three-year course in 1983. Back to Oxfordshire, he was invited to tour with Dave Pegg to promote Dave's solo album.  Dave Swarbrick then invited Chris to become a founder member of the pioneering acoustic group Whippersnapper. This band made several albums and toured the UK, Europe and the USA. Chris also toured with rock group All About Eve.

During the 1990s, Chris worked as a duo with Whippersnapper guitarist Kev Dempsey, collaborated with folk pianist Beryl Marriott, and was a member of Simon Mayor's Mandolin Quartet. He also played fiddle on tour with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. In 1995 Chris joined The Albion Band, touring and recording with them before joining Fairport Convention the next year. As well as playing and recording with them, Chris has contributed many songs to Fairport's repertoire.

He has played and recorded with, amongst others: Steve Ashley, the Albion Band, Jez Lowe, Ian Anderson, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Whippersnapper, Alan Stivell, Feast of Fiddles and St. Agnes Fountain. 

Chris has provided music for a number of Radio Four plays and classic serials. His fiddle playing has also been heard on the TV series Heartbeat, Midsommer Murders and Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland.

Chris is certainly the sweetest fiddle player you’ll ever meet and will leave you with that feel good factor for the rest of the day.  He is very well known to Folk in the Barn audiences as a member of the very popular Christmas touring show St Agnes Fountain, here is a rare chance to see the wonderful Chris perform solo. 

www.chrisleslie.org.uk



- Date Added 14/06/2015