Chris Tavener is the witty, satirical songwriter saying things that everybody thinks, but nobody says. Rock ‘n’ roll infused with comedy. Folk dipped in satire.
It’s like Peep Show set to music! If Jimmy Carr played guitar…he would be Chris Tavener.
“Comedic genius” – Pop Culture Pipebomb
Chris has been known to play as many as 350 gigs a year, making him one of the most hard-working singer-songwriters in the UK. He’s had endorsements from Carl Barat of The Libertines, Will Ferrell’s ‘Funny Or Die’, Paddy McGuinness, Jamie Lawson and Steve Lamacq of BBC 6 Music. Steve has played Chris’ tracks four times on national radio.
Originally from Northwich in Cheshire, Chris began writing and producing demo albums annually from age 17. He writes storytelling songs about the ironic comedy in everything from drunken romance, celebrity worship, football hooligans and small town problems. Chris has performed at Glastonbury Festival, The Great Escape, Latitude Festival and The Edinburgh Fringe. He’s also performed as the support act for Channel 4’s Peep Show character, Super Hans, at Manchester Academy.
In 2018, he released his first live album. Recorded over two back-to-back, sold out shows at Manchester’s Three Minute Theatre – ‘Is He Joking? (Live) went on to receive plaudits from Tim Minchin’s management and The British Comedy Guide. On the strength of the album release, Chris embarked on an 18-date European tour through France, Germany and The Netherlands which was soon followed by a ticketed UK joint tour with folk and comedy legend Gavin Osborn.
He rounded off that year with an appearance at the famous Lowry Theatre for BBC Radio Manchester’s Christmas Extravaganza. The lineup boasted Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley, as well as Joy Division’s Peter Hook who followed Chris’ set on stage.
“”An interesting lad with an elastic turn of phrase” – Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music
“Nice set. Kinks-y vibes” – Carl Barat, The Libertines
“Brilliant!” – Jamie Lawson
“Amazing. Often with comedy songs you can only enjoy them once or twice, but you can listen to his songs again and again” – Gavin Osborn (Singer-songwriter for BBC Radio 4)
“That was proper funny!” – Mike Sweeney (BBC Radio Manchester)