Chris Ricketts and Mark Willshire

Chris Ricketts and Mark Willshire


Chris Ricketts is a fantastic performer who manages to successfully combine modern day songwriting with some traditional songs. Now teamed up with Mark Willshire on bass to add a new 'funk' sound. The fusion of music adds a lot. for full gig list and vids:


Chris Ricketts is a talented singer/songwriter from Portsmouth currently studying folk and traditional music at Newcastle University. Having been 'on the scene' from around the age of 15 and having received rave reviews from a host of musicians/journalists, Chris is already somewhat of a gigging veteran and decided to team up with bassist Mark Willshire in the summer of 2009. The pair complement each other in a somewhat unorthodox manner- Chris's traditional guitar and vocal structures being interspersed with Mark's big, almost funk-like basslines. The combination creating a fresh take on a genre often written off before it has been given the chance it deserves.

With their album 'Simple Folk' due out early 2010 and dates to support it following it should be a good year for the duo.

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"Mudlarks" 2007 (Studio Album Chris Solo)

"Simple Folk" (2010) Chris Ricketts and Mark Willshire (Hobgoblin Records)

Set List

Woodstock (Acapella)
Haul Away Joe
Wild Goose
Shenandoah / One More Day
Sally Brown
Digging Down
Which side are you on?
Tilbury Town
Drunken Maidens
Farewell Shanty
Chase the Buffalo
Drunken Waggoner/ A Road To The North
My Social Blues
Rambling Rover
Walk With Me Tonight
Who Will You Be
Down To The River to pray
Nobodys Fault But Mine