NEWS:LE VANNEUR A new CD and booklet available now with 12 great tracks.It tells a complex story of life, love, success, disapointment and a world view underpinned yet evolving through faith" Produced by Matt Fairley for Atlantic Audio Recording. It includes CM favourites; Another Night In Rosco's, Warm Pride On Queenswalk and the award winning 'Colours Of Wealth' This recording features Andy Davison (from Brother Crow) on Bazouki and also includes keyboards, percussion, Bass and electric guitar complimenting Chris Milner's famed song wrtiting, vocals and acoustic guitar playing. There is also an 8 page booklet with sleeve notes about the songs written by journalist Lisa Bradley with location photographs from Clare Hirst and Rebecca Milner. "This collection of songs has it's roots in a set of individual experiences - but is intended for you to take a cutting to grow and inspire your own" Le Vanneur is available at gigs and festivals - or direct from the recordings page here at www.chrismilner.com
AUTUMN TOUR OF GERMANY AND HOLLAND
(From a write up in Kavelaer Arts (Germany)
A TRUE JOURNEYMAN..Singer/Songwriter Chris Milner convinced the audience during his concert at The Golden Apple. Kevelaer
Chris Milner is a kind of musical story teller - He began writing and singing his own songs "I've been writing songs since the first time my heart got broke" (he was 15)
Dylan, Cohen, McTell
When he started singing in British folk clubs as a young guy in the 70s he had no idea that his career would survive the "ups and downs" of the music business "I absolutely wanted to be Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen or Ralph McTell he confessed during the concert. His music has taken him to many places such as Africa and Turkey as well as previous visits to Germanys lower Rhine. He is in Kevelaer courtesy of musician friends he's met along the way:- Bernd Roff and Dearn Reesar as well as Netherlander Wouter Hoffman who greeted the guests at the beginning of the concert. He informed us that later he will be bringing round the 'Hat' as Chris needed the fare home.
And so, the experienced musician kept switching between his Gibson J 200 and his 1972 Yamaha guitar, turning The big room of the 'Apple' into a place of tales. In doing so, he succeeded in competely capturing the space and the people seated in it with his quiet melodic voice-pictures and clean playing. Whether he told the story of a man who was supposed to go to the army and who's loved one would like to go with him. Or 'Watching You' about a fan who came to hear him many times but never ever came to speak to him. Also a song about his sister (Sister Song) in Africa. He has experienced great moments at other times while the audience in the 'Golden Apple' followed the earthy sincere sound and his lyrics.
Brexit and Big Brother
Inevitably, with a view to Brexit and the forthcoming elections- he was also very politically involved . A perpective he viewed from his own (quietly apparent) Christian faith. With 'Democracy Week' ; 'Song For A Change Of Heart' and 'Ashe Ole Wha' which is the grateful greeting of African tribal women. With 'Streets Of London' he sang only one song from one of his heroes and inspired the audience into collective singing. An enjoyable evening with a true artist. Alexander Florie-Albrecht
FEEDBACKI wish you well in your endeavors. I enjoyed the songs the poetry and the folk edge to your style Through the songs you write you are able to communicate to a wide variety of people on a number of different levels..Dave Bilbrough
Hi Chris, We met in Straelen.. remember? . Just wanted to say. Great performance, and great CD (Le Vanneur). We love it. Hope to meet you again, have a good tour-kind regards Sijtse
Money paid by BAKS for the 2 CDs you let me have last night. Enjoyed your singing especially At the Gate Where 4 Fields Meet. Love that song. Lizz (Cook)
Realy nice to meet you the other day, and thank you for the album, which we are enjoying thoroughly, there is a real spirituality in the songs and arrangements. Also thanks for being part of the Quiet Day. Garth Hewitt
Great to see you last night Chris. marvellous singing and playing. The Gibson sounds truly wonderful too. Well worth investing in Hope to see you again.Mike Garner
Hello Chris, it was a amazing concert in Rees and I hope I see you again next year. Maybe we can make music together again on the Irish session in Xanten? Isn't it a nice place for this?.Stefan Reddig