Conceived as a musical autobiography, and a perfect showcase for his extraordinary skills as guitarist, mandolinist, composer and arranger, the CD comprises eighteen tracks, ten of which are originals. Balancing "finger-busting wizardry" (The Scotsman) with tender lyricism, it crosses boundaries with consummate ease, exploring genres from English, Scottish, Irish, Swedish, American and Québecois traditional, to country, ragtime, latin, African, swing and modern jazz - while creating a seamless and uplifting whole. The accompanying commentary is a warm and witty invitation into his rich and adventurous musical world. www.stillgettingawaywithit.com
Chris is a "brilliant English master of the acoustic guitar" (Daily Telegraph) and a prolific composer, arranger and record producer. His distinctive style of composition was forged in the melting pot of cultures that was the London of his youth and the wide spectrum of music to be found in the English folk clubs of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Like all real composers, he doesn't consciously set out to write a tune in a particular genre. A fizzing creativity infuses his music with an infectious energy and humour that inspires an irresistible urge to dance!
Down the years, Chris has played with luminaries of many musical worlds: folk (harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh - with whom he's toured worldwide - and Boys of the Lough), jazz (Stéphane Grappelli and Diz Disley) and comedy (Fred Wedlock) - receiving a silver disc for producing Fred's hit Oldest Swinger in Town.
Somewhat surprisingly, it is twelve years since his 1998 solo CD Fretwork (described as "Dazzling" Acoustic Guitar (USA) and "a veritable feast of immaculate guitar playing from a revered guitarist" by Wales folk and roots magazine Taplas.
Still Getting Away With It balances virtuosity with lyricism and ranges from the dark and hypnotic Pear Drops and Fourteen Pounds via the haunting Air on a Shoestring, the smoky Moanin' and the tender Closing Time to the helter-skelter Not Likely! and the joyfully effervescent Québec Reels. It’s a delightfully eclectic platform for such a singular talent and a very personal statement: the front cover features Chris as a five-year-old playing the guitar in his grandmother's garden!
What the media say about Chris Newman:
"In the virtuoso class" The Guardian
"Dazzling virtuosity... guitar-playing to be marvelled at" The Daily Telegraph
"One of the UK's most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists" fRoots
"Guitar-playing of astonishing virtuosity and versatility" Songlines
"Spectacular" Time Out
“The John Williams of folk guitar” The Inverness Courier
"Nothing short of brilliant" Dirty Linen (USA)
Chris Newman acoustic and electric guitar; mandolin; octave mandolin; fretted and fretless bass; electric double bass; keyboards Arty McGlynn acoustic and electric guitar Simon Mayor mandolin Nollaig Casey violins Máire Ní Chathasaigh harp Paul Buckley guitar (track 8) Mark Newman guitar (track 8) Davy Stuart fiddle (track 15) Roy Whyke drums and percussion