Chris Wood is a veritable English folk encyclopaedia. Singer, composer, fiddler, guitarist, folklorist and more. He is an ardent enthusiast for traditional English dance music (with a background in English church music), including Morris and other rituals and ceremonies, but his repertoire also includes much French folk music and traditional Québecois material. He worked for many years in a duo with button accordion/melodeon player Andy Cutting. He is also a member of Wood, Wilson & Carthy, (with Roger Wilson and Martin Carthy), the English Acoustic Collective (with John Dipper on fiddle and Robert Harbron on concertinas). Other projects include "The Imagined Village", "Listening to the River" and "Glassblower" (described as "an industrial ballet") At the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2006, the Best Original Song category was won by Chris Wood and storyteller Hugh Lupton for "One in a Million", a modern retelling of a widespread traditional tale in which a lost ring is rediscovered in the stomach of a fish. He was also nominated in three other categories: Best Album (for "The Lark Descending"), Best Traditional Track ("Lord Bateman"), and Folk Singer of the Year. In 2009 his album, Trespasser, took on the idea of enclosure: spiritual, intellectual, cultural and physical. Billy Bragg writing in The Independent said "Come Down Jehovah, is a measured statement of atheism that puts Dawkins to shame!". Wood went on to receive "Album of The Year" and "Singer of the Year" at BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards 2010's 'Handmade Life' continues to enhamce his reputation as one the premier songwriters of his generation.
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