CHRIS T-T – BIOGRAPHY
One of the great underground artists of our time.
Outstanding, indispensable genius. A modern-day William Blake. Music so unfettered it never had mornings to slip.
SUNDAY TIMES (Top 5 Album Of The Year twice)
Writer, music maker and broadcaster Chris T-T is one of the UK’s most consistently praised underground artists. Active since 1997, Chris has made ten solo albums, including a trilogy about London: The 253 (2001), London Is Sinking (2003) and Capital (2008); influential political protest record 9 Red Songs (2005) and most recently – 10 years on – similarly radical follow-up, 9 Green Songs (2016).
Chris has clocked up more than 2,200 live shows. In 2017 he marked 20 years with a double-album Best Of collection and announced that he was giving up Chris T-T music. His final concerts take place on 2nd and 3rd December in London.
Chris has written for Dark Mountain, Louder Than War, ecnmy.org, NME and New Public Thinkers and for four years wrote a weekly column on the arts for The Morning Star. He has been artist-in-residence with organisations including The National Trust, The Royal Pavilion & Museums, Leeds Beckett University and Arts Residency Thailand. Most recently, through summer 2016 he was the inaugural National Trust Creative Fellow at The Workhouse, Southwell.
Chris has spoken at TEDx Brighton, Louder Than Words (Manchester), Great Escape Convention, War Of Words (Norwich), SOAS, Boring Conference (London), How The Light Gets In (Hay), Brighton Digital Festival, Interrogate! (Dartington Hall), AIM Music Connect, Leeds Uni, Falmouth Uni, Middlesex Uni and others.
Chris also presents and produces weekly late-night folk music radio show Midnight Campfire broadcast Tuesday nights on Juice 107.2 (FM / DAB in Sussex, UK) and archived online at TotallyRadio.com (worldwide).
A national gem of a songwriter.
CAROLINE LUCAS MP
Emerging from roots in late 1990s lo-fi and London-centric psych-folk, Chris T-T first gained acclaim for sarcastic, city-obsessed urban alt/folk music. Later he developed into an influential figure of UK song, straddling 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, Frank Turner, The Divine Comedy, Tom Robinson, Bellowhead, Walkmen, Delgados, British Sea Power, Carter USM, Robyn Hitchcock and many others. He’s been piano accompanist for Tom Robinson, Jim Bob (Carter USM) and Frank Turner.
He performed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square for Anthony Gormley’s One & Other project; re-soundtracked live cult Japanese film Battle Royale for The Halloween Society at Soho’s Other Cinema and has composed music on commission for the World Health Organisation and Natural History Museum.
A veteran of online activism and an early adopter of social media, in 2010 Chris instigated the #IAmSpartacus global Twitter meme and many of his satirical and political memes have gone viral in recent years. Chris was also the first person ever to mention Jeremy Corbyn on Twitter.
In 2011, Chris took his one-man show Disobedience to Edinburgh Fringe, setting A.A. Milne’s 1920s childrens’ poems to new music. 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.
In March 2015 Chris released a duo album of covers with folk singer Gill Sandell, Walk Away Walk Away and joined radical rock’n’roll group Thee Cee Cees as lead singer on their debut album Solution Songs.
In June 2016 Xtra Mile Recordings released his 10th solo album 9 Green Songs, his fourth for the label. He was also sole musician (playing piano) on the new album by Jim Bob (ex Carter USM), Jim Bob Sings Again.
In 2017 Chris marked his 20th anniversary making music and in May Xtra Mile Recordings released a double-CD Best Of collection. At this point Chris announced his intention to give up making Chris T-T Music before the end of the year. Shortly after that, ‘farewell’ concerts were announced in London, Glasgow and Winchester.