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Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and performer Chris Startup has been playing and writing music for the past 20 years.


His music stems from the roots of folk and blues re-created in a mix of chilled ambient folk and banging blues.


Chris has played with several collectives performing regularly on the English Festival circuit,  and was an instrumentalist playing alto saxophone, electric guitar and percussion for the band                            

(a member since 2003).


His credits include the  Glastonbury and Knockengorroch Festivals, The Big Green Gathering, Sunrise Festival, Solfest, Alchemy Festival, Endorsit Festival, Spratton Folk Festival, Bearded Theory Festival, Strawberry Fair, Small World Festival, Hawkfest, Nuts In May, Alchemy Festival and the Umbrella Fair.


Between 2006 - 2008 Chris toured Europe playing on the Americana Circuit throughout France, Switzerland, Norway and Lithuania as a session musician for Rachael Warwick and playing great venues such as the Cognac Blues Festival, Country Rendez-Vous festival in France, Disneyland Paris and Cardiff Arena.


Chris has written, recorded and produced both King’s Gambit’s albums  - Lines and Verses in 2011, FolkBeat written and produced in 2013 and From One To Another in 2016 and now 'Live' our new 4th album.  



Influences: AoS3, Tarantism, Don Bradmans,

Tragic Roundabout, Inner Terrestrials, RDF, Dreadzone, Hawkwind, Soothsayers, Los Albertos, Captain Hotknives, Pain, The Pogues, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Janis Joplin, John Marytn, Deus, Pearl Jam, Cat Empire. Nick Cave, Nuyorican Soul. Primal Scream, Smashing Pumpkins, X-ray Specs. Faith No More, Bob Marley, Eliza Carthy, Christi Moore, John Lee Hooker, Magnus, Damien Rice, Zeppelin, Neil Young. Zappa, Elliot Smith, Air, Big George Brock and the House rockers, Miles Davis, Xavier Rudd, The Moldy Peaches, Nick Cave, Ry Cooder, Counting Crows.

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