September 11, 2021 N/A
At Raglan Old School Arts Centre
CHRIS THOMPSON is a senior N.Z. bluesman, a Singer/Songwriter and composer of 260 published songs.
All the songs in this program were written during the fifteen years that Chris was resident in Raglan.
The songs in the program include many songs of family life and Community like 'Sunday Lunch', 'This little Destination by the Ocean' and 'Little Ballerina'. 'Little Ballerina' was written for Chris' daughter and has been recorded in a cover version by Willard Ribeiro, a singer from Santa Catarina in Brazil. Other humorous songs written to amuse Chris' daughter are 'I want to grow a Goatee Beard' and 'Silly dilly Wooga' (a song about the cat).
Other selections include 'The Arrow and the Song', a setting of the poem by H.W. Longfellow that first appeared on Chris' album 'Time Flies'(2001) which was recorded in his house in Raglan West, and his well-known blues/song 'The Road to Raglan', from the album of the same name which was released by Ode Records in 1990.
'Faraway Drum' (a reminiscence of Olde England) will feature a guest vocal appearance from old friend Penni Ha'penny on the night of the concert, September 11th. Chris is currently performing every Friday morning at the Lost Boys Cafe in Hamilton.