Chris - Lead Guitar, 12-String Guitar & Vocals
Chris is a versatile guitarist with a distinctive vocal style, well suited to delivering rock ‘n’ roll, pop and ballads.
It’s been a long-term ambition for him to be in a band playing the songs that turned him on to music at a very young age.
‘Some of my earliest memories are of the armfuls of records that my dad would bring home, all second hand, all early 60s stuff: The Beatles, The Hollies, The Tremeloes, The Searchers, etc. We’d play them all on this little record player in a home made cabinet which gave off this amazing smell of rubber as it warmed up!'
After years of posing with tennis rackets and plastic ukuleles, Chris started playing guitar aged 12; playing in bands in earnest once he left school. In the 1980s his ‘alternative’ group Strange Men with Guns signed to an ‘indie’ label and played support to The Fall, The Jazz Butcher and Microdisney. Despite excellent reviews from the NME and airplay on John Peel’s show, the band failed to make national impact.
From 2000 to 2005 Chris played lead guitar and sang with 70s disco outfit Dolores Funk, stalwarts of the wedding and corporate scene. Ready Steady 60s sees Chris getting back to his roots.
‘It’s such fun music - you can’t hear these songs without smiling. The tunes are fantastic. It’s got great energy and a real ‘good time’ vibe - and that’s what this band is all about.’