learned all that he knows about songwriting and stagecraft from
two places: His unreasonably large music collection, especially
singer-songwriters like John Gorka, Patty Larkin and Dan Fogelberg;
and at the hands of an endless parade of British-folk luminaries
who passed through his family's house during his teenage years ...
Musicians like Ivan Drever (guitarist and singer for Wolfstone),
Martin Carthy, Jez Lowe, Johnny and Phil Cunningham, Andy M. Stewart,
Manus Lunny, Old Blind Dogs, the Tannahill Weavers and dozens of
Though he's been playing piano and singing since he was a small
child, he first picked up a guitar in 1990 to try his hand at songwriting
and hasn't stopped since. Practically a native of Arizona, Chris
spent five and a half years in the Coast Guard, traveling the country
and the world before returning to his homeland. He's performed for
audiences in nearly a dozen states (once sharing a stage with a
pre-fame Jewel Kilcher), a handful of countries and on the deck
of a tall ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way,
he picked up some other instruments, such as percussion, mandolin,
tin whistle, Irish bouzouki and more, and found that he could cause
them to make pleasing noises, too. But only the percussion and Irish
bouzouki (and, of course, guitar, keyboards and his voice) join
him on stage with any regularity.
In addition to his sensitive singer-songwriter personality, which
can occasionally be seen on display at intimate private gatherings,
Chris has an alter-ego named Neon. Said doppelganger can sometimes
be seen working his synthesizer and computer like a mad scientist
in search of earth-shattering electronic sounds. This evil twin
is also occasionally responsible for incredibly over-the-top remixes
of Hadrian's Wall and Haiku Rd. songs, and has recorded two bizarre
Always reluctant to toot his own horn (so to speak), Chris must
be threatened with bodily injury to reveal that he has a bachelor's
degree (cum laude) in journalism and a master's in library science.
Not that it makes a difference. It's just there.