Influenced by countless British and North American artists of the 60s onward, Ronald’s music has been described as “Canadian folk with British roots.” Ronald first got hooked on songwriting at age 15 when he put to music a poem he wrote in high school, but he only started to go public in his thirties after emigrating to Canada from England. In recent years, Ronald’s “keenly luxuriant voice and immaculate songcraft” (The Georgia Straight) have won him numerous accolades including a nomination for “Songwriter of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for his Timeline album. 2017 saw Ronald’s fourth album, Fragments, released on esteemed Canadian folk label Borealis Records ahead of national and international tour dates. In live performance, Chris draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician to deliver a unique and captivating show.
“Ronald possesses a keenly luxuriant voice matched with immaculate songcraft.” (The Georgia Straight)
“Essential listening from an artist who needs to be more widely heard.” (Roots & Blues Radio)
“Informed by the country and folk rock that came out of both Laurel Canyon and the British Isles in the mid-seventies.” (The Province)
Neil Young, Paul Simon, Don McLean, Paul McCartney, Jim Croce, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Boo Hewerdine, The Carpenters, Ralph McTell, John Lennon, Carol King, James Taylor, Nick Drake, David Gray, Harry Nilsson, Ron Sexsmith, Johnny Cash, Peter Gabriel, Bill Withers, Gerry Rafferty, Nat King Cole, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Tracy Chapman, Chris Rea, and many more.
Folk Alliance International (2015) – official showcase
Canadian Folk Music Awards (2014) – “Songwriter of the Year” nomination
Kerrville New Folk (2014) – finalist
International Songwriting Competition (2014) – shortlisted
Edmonton WinterFest (Feb 2017), European tour (Oct 2016), Calgary Folk Club (Oct 2015), Rogue Folk Club (May 2015), European tour (Apr 2015), VIA Rail “artist on board” (ongoing), Victoria Folk Music Society (Feb 2015), Cowichan Folk Guild (Feb 2015), Bluebird North (Nov 2014), Canadian tour (Oct 2014), Gabriola Theatre Festival (Aug 2014), Nanaimo Fringe Festival (Aug 2014), Rhythmtree Music Festival, UK (Jul 2014), TwickFolk, UK (July 2014), Kerrville Folk Festival, TX (May 2014).
Unplugged as trio (more Chris Ronald Trio videos at https://vimeo.com/chrisronaldtrio
Live with band
Timeline promotional video