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Recording...

Just a quick note to let you know that I'm currently busy recording dozens of new songs for a new album or three. Hopefully one of them will be released before the end of the year. Watch this space for more news asap. 

2014... Hold On I'm Comin'...

Happy New Year!!!
Well, 2013 certainly was a tough year, but with the dawn of a new year comes new possibilities, so here goes...
After talking some time out at the end of last year I'm now looking forward to getting back out there, playing live as much as possible and releasing more new music. I've already been busy, catching up in the recording studio and I'm currently planning big things for later this year. Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime you can still enjoy listening to a selection of music from 'Stand Fast' and all the previous albums via the media player here or visit the http://redeyemusicshop.bigcartel.com/ to buy physical CD copies and have them delivered straight to your door.
Many thanks and best wishes,
Chris.

My Father's Hands

My Father 'Hugh Lewis Rees' sadly passed away on Sunday 8th September 2013 after a long and courageous 7 year battle with cancer. The funeral took place in Llanelli on Tuesday 17th September and somehow I managed to sing this song to him and the congregation during the church service.

The song is called 'My Father's Hands and it was his favourite song of mine. It was an incredibly emotional day but I'd like to thank all my dear friends and family for all their love and support over the past few weeks.

You can listen to the original demo of the song and read the story behind it on the Soundcloud page via the link below.

https://soundcloud.com/christopher-rees/my-fathers-hands

Green Man Festival!!!

Christopher Rees will perform on the Green Man Rising Stage at the Green Man Festival on Sunday 18th August 2013. Time to be confirmed asap. Check back again for more details.

http://www.greenman.net/news/green-man-rising-new-stage-undiscovered-artists-plus-haiku-salut-win-green-man-rising

Patty Griffin & Christopher Rees at RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester 20th July 2013.

Christopher Rees with David Pulkingham & Patty Griffin after the show at the Royal Northern College of Music, Concert Hall, Manchester 20th July 2013.

Patty Griffin & David Pulkingham onstage.

Patty Griffin & Christopher Rees - RNCM, Manchester !!!

Christopher Rees is delighted to announce that he has been invited to open the show for the wonderful Patty Griffin at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on Saturday 20th July 2013.

http://www.rncm.ac.uk/whats-on/event/2013/patty-griffin/

http://www.pattygriffin.com/

Wales Arts Review Interview (re-Dorothy Squires) & Live acoustic version of 'Alright Squires'

Wales Arts Review’s Jane Oriel chats with Welsh musician Christopher Rees, playwright Meic Povey and entertainer and writer Johnny Tudor about their inspiration Dorothy Squires, ahead of a new play by Sherman Cymru inspired by her life. Catch Christopher at the end playing his song ‘Alright Squires’.

Watch via the link below...

http://www.walesartsreview.org/say-it-with-flowers-a-conversation-about-dorothy-squires/

SXSW - Showcases, Austin, Texas!!!

(SXSW - OFFICIAL SHOWCASES)

Wed 13th March - Stephen F's Bar (The Intercontinental Hotel, 7th & Congress) 10pm -10.40pm.

Thurs 14th March - Jon Langford's Day Party (The Gingerman, 301 Lavaca St) 7pm.

Friday 15th March - 2nd Play Stage (The Hyatt Place Hotel, Downtown, 211 East 3rd St) 6pm.

Sat 16th March - Goorin Bros Hat Shop (1323 South Congress Ave) 6pm.

Christopher Rees gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council Wales.

'STAND FAST' OUT NOW!!!

ORDER the new album 'Stand Fast' direct from the Red Eye Music Online Shop HERE...

Download from i-Tunes here...

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Or from Amazon here...

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Alright Squires 'New Single & Video' OUT NOW!!!

Christopher Rees - Alright Squires is released to download on Monday 21st January 2013.
Check out the new video for the single here...

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Download the single from i-Tunes here...

NEW ALBUM!!! STAND FAST!!!

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Christopher Rees will release his 6th album 'Stand Fast' on February 18th 2013.

"A spit and sawdust holler that's as close to a Southern hell-fire preacher as you can get hailing from Cardiff. Very, very good". (MOJO)

"This album is so good". (Kristin Hersh - Throwing Muses)

"Dark, thoughtful songs of understanding and undeniable humanity... Stand Fast is staking it's place to be heard and understood for the powerful piece of music it is". (Lonesomehighway.com)

Listen to 'Raise My Head' from the new album 'Stand Fast' by clicking on the soundcloud link below...

https://soundcloud.com/christopher-rees/christopher-rees-raise-my-head

Welsh singer song writer Christopher Rees returns with his 6th album, 'Stand Fast' on 18th February 2013.

As the title suggests it's an album that revolves around themes of resilience, defiance and determination. It's a life affirming and arresting album that celebrates the courage of conviction with raw, roots power.

After the deep soul of his last album 'Heart On Fire' (with The South Austin Horns) which attracted great acclaim from MOJO, Uncut and Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 among others, we see Rees re-embrace the banjo picking intensity of his earlier work while drums, bass, harmonica and that trademark Gretsch guitar twang produce a sound as strong and seductive as the subject matter.

Opening track 'Alright Squires' immediately sets the tone with a concise overview of the life of fellow Llanelli born singer Dorothy Squires. The Welsh belter's rise to success in the 1940s and tragic fall from grace in the '70s is the stuff of legend. Inspired by her compelling life and formidable character, Rees tells her story in a lyrical nutshell. Both Squires and Rees were born in the 'Wild West Wales' town - a connection that initially fascinated him. “I saw a documentary Cerys Matthews narrated about Dorothy Squires a few years ago and couldn't believe that such a huge star had come from my home town and I knew nothing about her until relatively recently”, said Rees. “Her life was equally blessed and cursed. It was both glamorous and heartbreaking and I couldn't resist the temptation to write about it”.

Written, recorded and produced entirely by Rees in various isolated Welsh locations, other songs like 'I Heard You Call My Name', 'Sing Out Loud', 'Raise My Head' and 'Lover Oh Lover' recall the Appalachian fire and brimstone of 16 Horsepower, together with the primal rhythms of Tom Waits and the percussive western shuffle of Calexico. 'Tonight We'll Dance' introduces a mesmerizing folk groove underneath a Duane Eddy twang that leads gently into the explosive blues of 'Fighting Time' and the gospel of 'I Will Follow'. The mariachi trumpets of 'Knock On My Door' yearn with emotion before culminating with the provocative profundity of 'The Corner'.
Over the past few years Rees has toured with and earned the respect of several legendary figures in music from John Cale to Steve Earle, Alejandro Escovedo, Wanda Jackson and Kristin Hersh to name but a few - endorsements that speak volumes about Rees, his talent and credentials.

Committed to serving the song and his own particular vision for it, Rees might confound expectations by always following his instincts, but it's that courage of conviction and that ever passionate voice that defines him as an authentic, dynamic and steadfast artist that is here to stay.

'Stand Fast' is further proof of that.

ALRIGHT SQUIRES!!!

The 1st single from the album will be 'Alright Squires' which will be available to download from i-Tunes and all other download sites from January 21st 2013.



"She'd rather spit in the devil's eye than lick her wounds and cry, she was a fighter”. (Alright Squires)

Opening album track 'Alright Squires' immediately sets the tone with a concise overview of the life of fellow Llanelli born singer Dorothy Squires. The Welsh belter's rise to success in the 1940s and dramatic fall from grace in the '70s is the stuff of legend. Inspired by her compelling life and formidable character, Rees tells her story in a lyrical nutshell. Both Squires and Rees were born in the 'Wild West Wales' town - a connection that initially fascinated him. “I saw a documentary Cerys Matthews narrated about Dorothy Squires a few years ago and couldn't believe that such a huge star had come from my home town and I knew nothing about her until relatively recently”, said Rees. “Her life was equally blessed and cursed. Both glamorous and heartbreaking and I just couldn't resist the temptation to write about it”.

It's a rags to riches to rags story that beggars belief. From her humble beginnings in Llanelli to the glittering London club scene of the 40s and 50s, a much publicised marriage to Roger Moore (before he became 007), the famous parties, Hollywood lifestyle and multi million record sales, Squires appeared to have it all. But then came the much talked about break up with Moore, her singing career began to slide and after a brief revival in the late 60s she lost one house to fire, then another to flood and became obsessed with taking the tabloid newspapers to court. There she lost most of her fortune before being declared a 'vexatious litigant' and was banned from The High Court. Bankruptcy soon followed and sadly she was forced to spend the rest of her days a poverty stricken recluse, back in Wales, living in a small terrace house provided by a charitable fan in the Rhondda Valley until her death in 1998 aged 83.

Rees's tribute to Dorothy Squires may sound more 'Wild West America' than 'Wild West Wales' but it does capture certain aspects of her personality with heartfelt compassion and respect. “The song provides some brief observations of her character in 3 short verses but ultimately I wanted to produce something that portrays and celebrates a much maligned yet truly amazing Welsh singer”, said Rees.

JOHN CALE (Plus Special Guest - Christopher Rees)!!!

Very pleased and excited to announce that Christopher Rees has been invited to open the show for the one an only legend that is Mr JOHN CALE at Cardiff Coal Exchange on Sunday 7th October!!!

John Cale and Band

(Plus Special Guest - Christopher Rees)

The Coal Exchange, Cardiff.

Sunday 7th October 2012.

http://www.orchardentertainment.co.uk/gigs/john-cale-and-band/

Wanda Jackson & Christopher Rees

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John Lewis, Wanda Jackson & Christopher Rees
The Factory, Porth, Wales. 16th July 2012.

Christopher Rees to support 'The Queen Of Rock'n'Roll' WANDA JACKSON!!!

Thrilled to announce that Christopher Rees will open the show for the 'Queen Of Rock'n'Roll' - Wanda Jackson when she visits Wales for a show at The Factory in Porth on Monday 16th July 2012.

Wanda jackson & christopher rees

Tickets: £12 Doors Open: 7pm
Please see 'Live' section for more details or visit...
http://wandajackson.com/ 

The Sadies & Christopher Rees - Live in Cardiff & Bristol!!!

Thrilled to announce that Christopher Rees will be supporting the most AMAZING!!! JUNO Award Winning!!! 'THE SADIES' in Cardiff at Bogiez on Monday 30th April and in Bristol at The Polish Club on Friday 4th May!!! Tickets from Spillers Records, Cardiff and Bristol outlets. 

Don't miss it! 

Check 'Live' section for more details...

The sadies & christopher rees live at bogies cardiff

Christopher Rees live session on BBC Radio Wales

Christopher Rees will play a live session on BBC Radio Wales and talk about the forthcoming shows with The Sadies on Saturday 28th April from 7pm with the lovely Amy Wadge.

Tune in! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01h23sk

Download 'Sparks Flying' (Single) from i-Tunes!!!

The 3 track 'Sparks Flying' Single is AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FROM 
i-TUNES NOW!!!
1. Radio Mix 
2. Solo Acoustic 
3. Instumental
To visit the i-Tunes store click here...
Sparks Flying - Single - Christopher Rees (with The South Austin Horns)

To Watch the video for the 'Solo Acoustic' version of Sparks Flying click here...

Sparks Flying (Solo Acoustic) VIDEO!!!

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Click the link above or here to watch the video for 'Sparks Flying'(Acoustic Version) filmed/recorded live at Minny Street Chapel, Cardiff.

October Newsletter!!!

Check out the latest Christopher Rees e-mail newsletter: http://t.co/PNCj2Cb2

Sparks Flying - Radio Mix / Solo Acoustic / Instrumental (SINGLE RELEASE!)

Release Date : 24th October 2011

Artist : Christopher Rees (with The South Austin Horns)

Title : 

1. Sparks Flying (Radio Mix)

2. Sparks Flying (Solo Acoustic)

3. Sparks Flying (Instrumental)

Label : Red Eye Music

I love this record...I think it's absolutely terrific”. (Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2)

Fine old-school country soul...The South Austin Horns provide shades of Muscle Shoals”. (UNCUT)

An old school soul revue, heavy on stabbing brass and greasy Hammond”. (MOJO) 

Startlingly confident country soul”. (BBC.CO.UK)

A soul-drenched album that smacks of vintage Stax”. (Maverick)

Christopher Rees will release Sparks Flying as a download single on the 24th October 2011. Taken from the widely acclaimed album 'Heart On Fire', (with The South Austin Horns) the single will feature a fresh 'Radio Mix' of the album favourite,along with an intimate, stripped down 'Solo acoustic' version recorded recently in an old Cardiff Chapel. The acoustic rendition is included due to popular demand at Rees' solo gigs, and reflects the way the song was originally written before it was transformed into the hook laden, full band interpretation presented on the album.

Recorded in Texas, USA with 'The South Austin Horns',Heart On Fire has been championed by MOJO magazine and legendary broadcaster Bob Harris amongst others,who didn't hold back with their praisefor the album. Heart On Firepresents a more soulful and uplifting side to Rees' music fuelled by a rich horn section, swirling Hammond organ, tremolo soaked guitars and his ever passionate voice. Critical acclaim came flooding in with 4 star reviews from national music magazines MOJO,UNCUT, and BBC Musicamongst others. "An authentic and heartfelt artist. A master of musical and vocal prowess". (Americana-UK)

Fresh from a busy summer of festival performances including Glastonbury, a 'Live Session' for The Bob Harris Show on BBC Radio 2, a UK tour with American soul sensation Eli Paperboy Reed and live dates in Europe, Rees heads out on tour again with another legendary American figure - Austin's Alejandro Escovedo in October. He will also make a special appearance with his 'Full Band & Horns' at Cardiff's SWN Festival on October 22nd. Please see forthcoming live dates below...

Christopher Rees – Live Dates...

10th Oct 2011 – Fibbers, York (w/ Alejandro Escovedo)

11th Oct 2011 – The Iron Works, Oswestry

12th Oct 2011 – St Bonaventures, Bristol (w/ Alejandro Escovedo)

13th Oct 2011 – The Glee Club, Nottingham (w/ Alejandro Escovedo)

14th Oct 2011 – Tingewick Village Hall, Bucks (w/ Alejandro Escovedo)

15th Oct 2011 – The Railway Inn, Winchester (w/ Alejandro Escovedo)

22nd Oct 2011 – SWN Festival, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff (w/ Full Band & Horns)

Christopher Rees with Alejandro Escovedo - the morning after the final date of the October 2011 UK tour.

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Alejandro Escovedo & David Pulkingham invite tour support act Christopher Rees to join them onstage for a rendition of the classic song 'It Makes No Difference' by 'The Band' (Watch Video here...)

The Netherlands - Tour Sept 2011

A BIG THANKS to everyone who came out to see the shows on my short little tour of The Netherlands. Especially to all at MFC (Metal Front Coevorden) for a particularly enjoyable and memorable night! Here's a link to some cool photos from the show...   http://s407.photobucket.com/albums/pp154/digiturf/Christopher%20Rees%2024-09-11/?albumview=slideshow

Christopher Rees 'Live Session' on Bob Harris Show (BBC Radio 2)

Christopher Rees performed a 'Live Session' on The Bob Harris Show, BBC Radio 2 on Sunday August 7th.

He was accompanied by Simon Rooney (piano) and Edward James Mugford (guitar) and performed 3 songs from the new album Heart On Fire. Rees discussed the making of the album and the collaboration with The South Austin Horns in Texas and played stripped down versions of Heart On Fire, Sparks Flying and Morning Light. You can listen again to the session until Saturday August 13th via the Bob Harris Sunday Radio 2 webpage 

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012zvkl

Ed, simon, bob harris & christopher rees

Christopher Rees to support 'Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves' UK Tour

Christopher Rees is very pleased to announce that he will be opening for the fantastic
Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves on their August 2011 UK tour.

The dates are as follows...

Mon 1st Aug - London Islington Academy

Tues 2nd Aug - Birmingham Academy 2 

Wed 3rd Aug - Leeds Brudenell Social Club 

Thurs 4th Aug - Edinburgh Liquid Rooms

Saturday 6th Aug - Liverpool, Kazimier

Check out Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves website for more details here...

http://www.elipaperboyreed.com/

It's gonna be a blast!!!!

Eli Paperboy Reed & Christopher Rees pictured after the final date of the August 2011 UK Tour.

Glastonbury 2011 - Here we come...

Christopher Rees is very excited to be taking his full band and horn section to Glastonbury 2011. If you are going to be there don't miss them play new album 'Heart On Fire' live on 'The Croissant Neuf Stage' - Fri 24th at 7pm.

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Watch Christopher Rees & Band with Horns live at Glastonbury Festival 2011 here...

MOJO Honours List 'New Voice' Award.

Christopher Rees - shortlisted for a MOJO Honours List 'New Voice' Award.

BIG THANKS to everyone who voted. VOTING IS NOW CLOSED!!!

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CR & Band - Live Footage from 'Heart On Fire' Album Launch Gig in Cardiff!!!

Check out live video footage from the 'Heart On Fire' album launch gig at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 13th May 2011 here...

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