Chris Tavener is the witty, satirical songwriter saying things that everybody thinks, but nobody says.
He’s like Bob Dylan meets Tim Minchin; Paul Simon meets Monty Python…
As a musician, Chris performs hundreds of gigs a year, making him one of the most hard-working singer-songwriters in the UK. He’s had praise from Carl Barat of The Libertines, Jamie Lawson and Steve Lamacq of BBC 6 Music. As a performer, he has shared the stage with Super Hans (Channel 4), Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2), Peter Hook of Joy Division and Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet.
Originally from Northwich in Cheshire, Chris began writing and producing demo albums regularly from age 17. He writes sarcastic, storytelling songs about the irony in everything from drunken romance in nightclubs to climate change and mental health.
Chris has performed at Glastonbury Festival, The Great Escape, Latitude Festival and The Edinburgh Fringe. In 2018, he released his first live album and embarked on an 18-date European tour through France, Germany and The Netherlands which was soon followed by a UK joint tour with folk legend Gavin Osborn. Following the tour, he appeared at the famous Lowry Theatre for BBC Radio Manchester’s Christmas Extravaganza.
In 2019, Chris toured Ireland, both North and South of the border, before releasing a much anticipated video collaboration with Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. His song was the centrepiece of a short animation, in which Chris co-starred with national treasure, Sir Ian McKellen.
When the 2020 pandemic hit, Chris took his musical wit online performing live streams and supporting acts like Britain’s Got Talent’s Micky P Kerr. A stream he recorded with BBC’s Mark Radcliffe aired on Sky’s Showcase TV in April 2021 and BBC Upload Festival selected his pandemic song ‘The Folks I Know’ for broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester.
Armed with new music, he is set to record his next release very soon.
“”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
“The idiosyncratic but ever so loveable Chris Tavener. Try and see him live, he really creates an amazing atmosphere” – Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2)
“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)