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“One of the great underground artists of our time.”
“Outstanding, indispensable genius. A modern-day Blake.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES
For the past decade, writer and music maker Chris T-T has been one of the most consistently acclaimed artists in British underground music and a key influence for a generation of songwriters.
Since 1999 Chris has released eight albums, including a trilogy about London: The 253 (2001), London Is Sinking (2003) and Capital (2008), as well as political protest album 9 Red Songs (2005) and more recently the inward-looking Love Is Not Rescue (2010).
Based in Brighton but restlessly mobile, he has written for Dark Mountain, Louder Than War, Huffington Post, New Public Thinkers and for almost five years a regular arts column in The Morning Star. Alongside writing and touring, Chris speaks regularly at conferences and runs seminars and workshops.
“A national gem of a songwriter.”
Emerging from roots in late 90s lo-fi and psych-folk, Chris first gained acclaim for sarcastic, city-obsessed urban folk. More recently he has developed into an influential figure of UK song; crossing barriers between punk, psych-pop and English folk, inspiring a generation of successful home-grown artists.
Chris has played shows around the world with artists such as Ben Folds, Elbow, The National, Divine Comedy, Bellowhead, Walkmen, Delgados, British Sea Power, Arab Strap, Carter USM, Frank Turner, Marcus Brigstocke, Madrugada, Robyn Hitchcock, Stewart Lee, Iain Sinclair and many others. He has played piano for three generations of great British singer-songwriter; accompanying Tom Robinson, Jim Bob (Carter USM) and Frank Turner.
Chris has been a speaker or panellist at TEDx, Great Escape, Boring 2011, SOAS, Interrogate!, V&A Museum Of Childhood, Brighton Digital Festival, LSE, White Night and many others. He leads seminars for all ages and abilities, working with schools, universities and songwriter groups across the UK.
In 2007 Chris co-founded Midwinter Picnic to organise charity fundraising events. In 2010 he co-founded Arc Alliance to have ideas for the TV and charity industries. In 2010 he instigated the #IAmSpartacus global Twitter meme, as an act of civil disobedience in support of Paul Chambers’ Twitter Joke Trial.
Chris has also performed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square for Anthony Gormley’s One & Other project; re-soundtracked live cult Japanese film Battle Royale for Soho’s Other Cinema and composed music on commission for the Natural History Museum and the World Health Organisation.
In 2011, Chris took his one-man show Disobedience to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, singing new musical versions of A.A. Milne’s 1920s childrens’ poems. In 2012, his blog entry criticising the Olympics Closing Ceremony, Not Just Shit But Dangerous brought 65,000 readers to this site in two days and was republished by NME.com.
Chris T-T’s 9th album The Bear, recorded with his band lineup Hoodrats, is released by Xtra Mile Recordings in October 2013.