Chris Brain renders songs embedded in folk tradition and the pastoral, with a contemporary resonance. Drawing inspiration from the outdoors and song writers such as John Martyn, Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell, Chris explores distinctive fingerpicking patterns and alternate tunings in his sound.
Bound to Rise, Chris Brain’s debut album was released in April and according to BBC 6 Music's, Tom Robinson ‘Recorded straight to tape like the good old days, its an acoustic gem’’.
"It is the atmospherics of a Nick Drake album that first come to mind when listening to Chris’s songs, and his intricate guitar playing has overtones of John Martyn and even Joni Mitchell with the songs flowing well without being intrusive so very easy to listen to"
"Leeds-based Chris Brain specialises in songs full of bucolic imagery to which his balmy voice with shades of John Martyn, Nick Drake and Colin Blunstone and intricate fingerpicking are ideally suited. ★★★★"
"Bound to Rise is an album firmly based in folk tradition, but with Chris’s fine voice and guitar playing there could be quite a future ahead for him judging by this accomplished debut."