The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Chris Difford is a rare breed. A a member of one of London's best loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as Cool For Cats, Up the Junction, labelled with Love, Hourglass and tempted. Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry in writing rather than sit back and admire his handiwork.
October sees Chris resuming his "Some Fantastic Acoustic Book Tour", Chris will regale the audience about some of the key events in his life in music from his autobiography Some Fantastic Place and perform some of his biggest hits acoustically.
Over the course of a 13 album career with Squeeze, it was clear from the very beginning that Chris Difford has few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. His Kitchen sink drama style has drawn plaudits from fans on both sides of the Atlantic, while his influence is keenly felt today. The likes of Lily Allen, Mark Ronson, Kasabian and The Feeling have all recognised the debt they owe to Squeeze's music and to Difford's way with words, while journalists were so moved by his winning combination with Glenn Tilbrook to dub the pair the "The New Lennon & McCartney".
Chris first learned to stand on his own when he wrote the lyrics for the fictional band Strange Fruit in the 1998 British comedy film ‘Still Crazy’, for which he won his first Ivor Novello award. The film soundtrack was also nominated for a Grammy. He also has written with Jools Holland, Paul Carrack and Elton John, Lisa Stansfield & Bryan Ferry.
Chris hosts songwriter workshops and has done so for over 26 years. In 2014 he formed a partnership with ‘The Buddy Holly Foundation’ to run a week of writing at Pennard House Glastonbury. Other writing events include Guardian Master Classes held in London and smaller events held close to his home in East Sussex.
‘Chris To The Mill’ a box set of his 3 studio albums came out in March 2017 on Edsel Records. His forth studio solo album followed shortly after called ‘Fancy Pants’ a play with music, written with Boo Hewerdine whom he toured with earlier this year.
Some Fantastic Place, my life in and out of Squeeze is published by Orion Books.