An Australian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and award winning producer who mashes up acoustic folk, roots and blues music ~ drawing on encounters with places, people, and magic; echoing global grassroots traditions.
“With a delivery somewhere between Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Memphis Minnie, Chris’s own songs stay firmly within the tradition that has so inspired her, with trains, work gangs, and cotton fields the back-drop to the usual tribulations of life, from hard lovin’ to just makin’ ends meet workin’ for the Man. You can hear the passion, the commitment, and that gives her own songs the necessary authenticity, a true master’s apprentice”. (Rhythms Magazine)
“A well-travelled and truly professional performer, Chris has an extensive repertoire of songs to make you laugh or cry, sing along with or tap your feet to, all sung with great empathy in her special style. A delicate player of the slide guitar, dobro, banjo and ukulele, her voice meanders between roughness and tenderness and is weighted with feeling.” (Blue Mountains Gazette ~ Australia)
“…a gifted songwriter, understated singer and wicked multi-instrumentalist with catholic tastes and a penchant for inspired and creative collaborations.” (SING OUT Magazine U.S.A.)
Folk: An Seann Triucha (trad arr. Okunbor & Kirwan)
BLUES: Catfish Blues (trad)
BLUES: Police Dog Blues (Blind Blake)
FOLK: Dirty Boots (Okunbor)
“Acoustic Blues has always had a special spot in my heart and soul. It is the sound of pure music and the connection between artist and instrument that first called me to the blues. So thanks you to the artists who carry on this tradition. We first met and saw our winner at the International Blues Challenge. Her performance then and her release this year makes for a bright future for her and the acoustic branch of the tree that is the Blues.”
BLUES 411 JIMI AWARD, USA
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