Chris Foster (folk singer)

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Chris Foster (born 1948), is an English singer and guitarist known for his interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs.[1][2]

He was born in Somerset, a county in the west country of England. It is there that he first heard and started singing traditional songs. He trained as an artist at the Norwich, and Chelsea Schools of Art. His professional "break" came in the early 1970s when a music agent spotted him singing at Dingles Folk Club in London. This led to eight years as a professional solo folk singer/guitarist.

He recorded two, highly regarded albums in the late 1970s: "Layers" (1977) and "All Things in Common" (1979). Both featured mainly traditional songs with often complex fingerstyle accompaniments (some in open tunings) on a Fylde acoustic guitar.

He stopped full-time touring in the 1980s to work on various arts-based projects including appearing in several "mixed media" shows. Since September 1999 he has been the Co-ordinator of the Baring-Gould Heritage Project.[3] However, he has continued to produce solo albums, tour (both in the UK and abroad), and collaborate with other artists, including his current partner, the Icelandic Folk singer Bára Grímsdóttir[4]


  1. ^ Chris Foster Archived October 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. (Biog at "The Tradition Bearers")
  2. ^ Chris Foster Archived October 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. (Biog at "The Living Tradition" - UK Folk magazine)
  3. ^ "Baring Gould heritage project". Archived from the original on May 9, 2008.
  4. ^ Funi (Chris Foster and Bára Grímsdóttir)


  • Layers (1977) Topic records
  • All Things in Common (1979) Topic Records
  • Sting in the Tale (1994) Green Man Productions
  • Traces (1999) Green Man Productions
  • Jewels (2004) Tradition Bearers
  • Outsiders (2008) Green Man Traditions

Chris Foster also appeared on the following recordings:

  • Fylde Acoustic (1977) Trailer LER 2105 ("Georgie")
  • Nuclear Power No Thanks (1981) The Plane Label.
  • Questions (1994) Fuse records.
  • Intruders (1995) Fuse records.
  • Rolling Down the Road (1998) Duke records.
  • Dead Maid's Land (1998) Wild Goose.
  • As We Walked Out (2001) Meersbrook Recordings.
  • Plotters (2003) Meersbrook Recordings.
  • Funi (2004) Green Man productions (with Bára Grímsdóttir).
  • And They All Sang Rosselsongs (2005) Fuse Records.
  • Flúr (2013) Green Man productions (with Bára Grímsdóttir).

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