Chris Gillespie

Chris Gillespie


Contemporary, alternative, folky. With an observational yearning. "Sydney's answer to Bob Dylan.." (Dave Regos FBi Radio)


Chris Gillespie is an independent artist from the Blue Mountains of NSW. His songs are beautiful, bursting with observational yearning. “A fingerpickin’, harmonica playing troubadour... ‘Sydney’s answer to Bob Dylan” (Dave Regos – FBi Radio). Gillespie is renowned by his audience and peers for his songwriting craft, especially his lyrics – “Chris Gillespie is definitely one of those timeless songsmiths” - Joe Gould, (The Crooked Fiddle Band). There are songs about highways, unexplained lights at night, getting lost in the mountains, songs about old houses and the thoughts that still live there, songs about cockatoos petitioning state governments and privatizing, songs of dogs that take wickets with left hand unorthodox spin, about gravity, about satin bowerbirds, dawn choruses, declarations, roaming free. There’s a song about Balmain in Sydney on a Saturday night as the sun goes down. This music is very Australian, highly original and delivered with refreshing honesty and integrity. You are guaranteed to be moved by this songwriter. Chris has been a regular feature on the national music scene since 2006, previously releasing two EPs: the Road to Tamworth in 2006 and Free to Roam in 2008. Since then, in 2012 after four years of touring and performing comes his new full length album, “Unnatural Light”. Chris was recently invited to perform on Fuel TV (Foxtel) with his band. The new album has been receiving radio play all across Australia from Sydney to Geelong to Kalgoorlie. The album is currently receiving play on Triple J and the title track has spent 2 months in the Triple J Unearthed overall national charts. “Autumn Winds (from ‘Unnatural Light’) is such a simply constructed tune, with gorgeous harmonies. It just goes to show that you don’t need all the bells and whistles to make an excellent song come to life” – Sarah Howells, Triple J presenter (Roots n’ All) “It's beautiful stuff... I'm really loving this album... (it's) an impressive final result for a completely independently produced recording...” (Tim Higgins – 2SER FM)
Watch the ‘Unnatural Light’ Music Video on Youtube


2006 - The Road To Tamworth (EP)
2007 - Free To Roam (EP)
2012 - Unnatural Light (Album)