In popular usage, an heirloom is something, perhaps an antique or some kind of jewelry, that has been passed down for generations through family members. In a reasonably short time, Chris has built a strong reputation as a live performer, appearing at a number of the country’s leading folk clubs and venues, in addition to this, Chris has worked as a performer for several years as part of leading music charity Live Music Now and is in high demand in London where he lives, as a teacher, most recently tutoring in folk performance at Goldsmith’s College.
Chris Sarjeant - Vocals/ Guitar/ Harmonium/Piano
Jonny Dyer - Accordion
Issy Emeny - Melodeon
Pete Flood - Percussion
Keith Kendrick - Concertina
Jackie Oates - 5 String Viola/ Vocals
Vicki Swan - Nyckelharpa/ Double Bass
Benedict Taylor - Strings
Chris is a young singer and guitarist steeped in the folk music tradition of the British Isles. Chris’s father, Derek Sarjeant was an early pioneer of the British revival, a performer, promoter and collector of folksong who made a number of radio and television appearances during the 1960s.
Chris initially set out to train as a professional pianist, a path which led to him spending four years in Manchester studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. It was whilst up north that Chris began rediscovering the sounds of his childhood and before long, a hankering for nostalgia developed into an obsession with the music of the folk tradition. Since making the decision to devote himself to folk music, Chris has steadily built acclaim for both his guitar playing and for his vocal interpretation of English song and for his modern yet sympathetic arrangements.
2012 will see the release of Chris’s debut album, ‘Heirlooms’, and will feature several of the current movements leading instrumentalists including Jackie Oates, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Keith Kendrick and Pete Flood in support. The title, ‘Heirlooms’, is a reference to songs that Chris performs now, passed down and cherished by successive generations of his family, and to the traditional passage of folksong in general.