Chris Funk

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Christopher Funk
The Decemberists at Yale, 28 April 2009 - 57.JPG
Funk performing with The Decemberists, 28 April 2009
Background information
Origin Valparaiso, Indiana
Genres Folk, Folk rock, Country rock, indie rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, pedal steel, piano, violin, dobro, hurdy gurdy, mandolin, saxophone, theremin, banjo
Associated acts 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.[1] 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.[citation needed]

He curated the Portland edition of Burn to Shine DVD released in 2006.[clarification needed]

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.

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The Decemberists[edit]

Black Prairie[edit]

Flash Hawk Parlor Ensemble[edit]


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