Chris began performing at bars and pubs while completing his degree in performance music at the University of Windsor. Chris started out playing open mic nights at Patrick O’Ryan’s Irish Public House and soon became a regular fixture at a dozen Windsor and Detroit bars.
After three years of playing both solo shows and as a member of the Celtic rock band The Distractions, Chris returned home to Eastern Ontario, playing in a variety of bands and duos before starting to concentrate on his own solo show.
Chris has captivated crowds from university students to legionnaires, with a collection of songs that range from current top 40 rock hits, to Scottish ballads. While tending to focus on a fast-paced mix of rock and modern Celtic favourites, Chris is always up to the challenge of satisfying the requests of any crowd.
Before leaving Windsor, Chris released his first CD, Celtic Stepson, independently. The album features a collection of traditional songs arranged in a less-than-traditional manner. Chris has always felt that the beauty of traditional music lies in it’s ever changing nature and how it it can shift and change from one generation to the next. With this first album Chris was able to share his own interpretation of songs that he had heard performed hundreds of times before.
Since leaving Windsor, Chris has come into his own as a singer/songwriter, releasing three more independent albums showcasing his own original songs. Look for him now in iTunes and Google Play!
Photographer: Lori Hoddinott
Musician: Chris Angel
Festival: Kemptville Live Music Festival, 2015