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Funk performing with The Decemberists, 28 April 2009
||Folk, Folk rock, Country rock, indie rock
||Musician, songwriter, record producer
||Vocals, Guitar, pedal steel, piano, violin, dobro, hurdy gurdy, mandolin, saxophone, theremin, banjo
||Knock-knock, The Decemberists, Black Prairie, Blue Giant
Christopher Funk is a multi-instrumentalist and member of the Portland, Oregon, indie rock band The Decemberists. He is originally from Valparaiso, Indiana. He plays guitar, pedal steel, piano, violin, dobro, hurdy gurdy, mandolin, saxophone, the theremin and many other instruments. Funk joined the band after attendance at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After the trailer with all their equipment and merchandise was stolen in 2005, Funk wrote "This Machine Kills Thieves" on his banjo, in reference to Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.
He is a member of Knock-knock with DJ Rev. Shines (from the hip-hop group Lifesavas on Quannum Projects). He is also a member of the string band Black Prairie who released their first album, Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, in 2010. He plays in the country rock group Blue Giant. He has produced records for The Builders and The Butchers, Langhorne Slim, and Red Fang.
He curated the Portland edition of Burn to Shine DVD released in 2006.
On December 20, 2006, Funk appeared on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report to end a longstanding mock feud with the show's host, Stephen Colbert. A contest ensued in which Funk and Colbert would each play a guitar solo while a panel of judges decided the winner. After Funk's solo, Colbert (who cannot play the guitar) feigned an injured hand, having Peter Frampton fill in for him instead. The contest ended with Colbert/Frampton being decided the winners by show guests Eliot Spitzer and Henry Kissinger, and Colbert was awarded The Crane Wife by The Decemberists as the grand prize. Funk then performed an "all-guitar jam" alongside Frampton, Robert Schneider (of The Apples in Stereo), and Rick Nielsen.
Funk lives in the Mississippi area of Portland with his partner Seann McKeel and daughter Scout Fahey Funk, who was named after the main character of the book Goodnight Moon and guitarist John Fahey.
- Castaways and Cutouts (LP, Kill Rock Stars, 2002)
- Her Majesty (LP, Kill Rock Stars, 2003)
- The Tain (EP, Acuarela Discos, 2004)
- Billy Liar (Single, Rough Trade, 2004)
- Picaresque (LP, Kill Rock Stars, 2005)
- 16 Military Wives (Single, Rough Trade, 2005)
- The Crane Wife (LP, Capitol Records, 2006)
- The Hazards of Love (LP, Capitol Records, 2009)
- The King is Dead (LP, Capitol Records, 2011)
Flash Hawk Parlor Ensemble
- Langhorne Slim "Be Set Free"
- Laura Veirs "July Flame"
- The Minus 5 "Killngsworth"
- Mirah, "(a)spera"
- The Shins, "Wincing the Night Away"
- The Long Winters, "Putting the Days to Bed"
- Lifesavas, "Gutterfly"
- Norfolk & Western, "Dusk in Cold Parlours" & "If You Were Born Overseas"
- Tracker, "Blankets" & "Polk"
- Blanket Music, "Cultural Norms"
- Casey Neill, "Brooklyn Bridge"
- Typhoon, "White Lighter"
- Markus Ello, "Winesburg, Ohio", "Big Charade", "Rock In My Head", "As Fucked As Me"
- Your Neighbors, "4184"