Now living in Vancouver, Canada, contemporary folk singer-songwriter Chris Ronald emigrated from his native England in 2002. He was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire, and brought up in Derby & Burton.
Influenced by countless British and North American artists of the 60s onward, Ronald’s music has been described as “Canadian folk with British roots,” and The Province likened it to “the country and folk that came out of Laurel Canyon and the British Isles in the mid-seventies.”
Ronald first got hooked on songwriting at the age of fifteen when he put to music a poem he wrote in high school, but he only started to go public in his thirties after moving to Canada and self-producing his first two albums: Pacific Time (2004) and Turning Tides (2011).
In a glowing review, The Georgia Straight praised Ronald’s songwriting and “beautifully clear tenor voice” and wondered “where his obvious talent has been hiding for so long.” Encouraged, Ronald went one step further on his next project hiring ace producer and multi-instrumentalist, John MacArthur Ellis.
The resulting Timeline (2014) album catapulted Ronald to a new level in his career with, among other accolades, a nomination for “Songwriter of the Year” at the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Chris Ronald is an international touring artist. In live performance, he draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician (guitar, harmonica, and ukulele) to deliver a show that is captivating and unique. And in 2017, Ronald added another batch of “refreshingly original” songs to his repertoire with his latest album, Fragments, released on the esteemed Canadian folk label Borealis
John Ellis is an award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist from British Columbia who flits effortlessly between guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo, and more.
He has worked with top Canadian talent such as Colin James, Ferron, and Jane Siberry and produced Ronald’s last two albums.
Also, you might be interested to know that John is a direct descendent of Elizabeth Fry.
Originally from Alberta, Mike Sanyshyn has been named British Columbia provincial champion four times as well as fiddle player of the year at the Canadian Country Music Awards.
He was placed in the top three at the Canadian Grand Masters Championship.
A first call studio musician, his fiddle features heavily on Ronald’s new Fragments album.
UK Tour Dates April 2018 (16 Trio Dates + 3 Solo Dates)
Chris Ronald Trio
Wed 4. Baldock & Letchworth Blues Folk & Roots Club The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire SG7 5AW
Thu 5: The Lab 95-97 Charles Street, Northampton NN1 3BG
Fri 6. The Maypole Theatre 42 Brook Street, Derby, Derbyshire DE1 3PH
Sat 7: The Dog and Bone 10 John Street, Lincoln LN2 5BH
Mon 9. Boston Folk Club The Eagle, 144 West Street, Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 8RE
Tues 10. Hoy at Anchor Royal British Legion 7/9 Northview Drive Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 9NG
Wed 11. The Red Lion folk Club Vicarage Rd, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7LY
Thurs 12. Garstang Unplugged The Kenlis Arms, Ray Lane, Barnacre, Garstang, Lancashire PR3 1GD
Fri 13. Lake District Folk & Acoustic Club Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 9LR
Sat 14. The Caledonia 22 Caledonia Street, (corner with Catharine Street) Liverpool L7 7DX
Mon 16. The Harrison 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WCIH 8JF
Tues 17. Bracknell Folk Club The Sun, 1. Chertsey Road, Windlesham, Surrey GU20 6EN
Wed 18. Dorking Folk Club @ Dorking Golf Club, Deepdene Avenue Dorking, Surrey RH5 4BX
Thur 19. Pontardawe Inn 123 Herbert Street, Pontardawe, Swansea, Wales SA8 4ED
Fri 20. Penarth Acoustic Club Prince William Suite, Penarth Conservative Club, 15 Stanwell Rd, Penarth, Sth Glamorgan CF64 2EZ
Sat 21. Wychwood Folk Club The Swan Inn Shipton Road Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire OX7 6AY
Chris Ronald (Solo)
Wed 25. Folk Blues and Beyond The Old Hall Hotel, Market Place, Hope, Derbyshire S33 6RG
Chris Ronald (Solo Hometown Show)
Thurs 26. Brewhouse Arts Centre Union Street, Burton upon Trent, East Staffordshire DE14 1AA
Chris Ronald (Solo) + Palmerston + The Very Lazy Sundays
Fri 27. Kontra Roots Club Earls Barton Working Men’s Club, 1 Queen St, Earls Barton, Northampton NN6 OLN