Chris is a 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, attending the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester between 2000 and 2004. 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 his guitar playing, his vocal interpretation of English song (Chris’s late mother, Hazel Sarjeant was a widely respected singer who passed up the opportunity to study opera in the United States to concentrate on a career in Folk music), and for his modern yet sympathetic arrangements.
In a 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 worked as a performer for several years on behalf 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. 2012 will see the release of Chris’s debut album, ‘Heirlooms’, on Wildgoose Records, one of the country’s top traditional labels and will feature several of the current movements leading instrumentalists 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.
Chris co-arranged a number of tracks on Jackie Oates recent 2013 Lullabies album, touring alongside Jackie and Belinda O’Hooley (O’Hooley & Tidow, Nic Jones) and has made an appearance alongside Jackie on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. Chris has recently joined an impressive cast of guitarists including Martin Simpson, Tim Edey, Kris Drever and Dave Kosky in contributing parts for Will Pound’s 2013 solo release, A Cut Above and is currently working as one third of a team including Jim Moray and Sam Carter in transcribing the classic arrangements of Nic Jones for a forthcoming book and multimedia project.