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Christopher Rees

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San Francisco may sound an unlikely place for a young guitarist, singer and songwriter from Llanelli (South Wales) to start his musical career but that’s where the story begins for Christopher Rees.

In 1994, after playing guitar and developing his song writing skills during his time at Cardiff University he packed his bags and like his hero John Cale bought a plane ticket to New York.

A period of self discovery followed with a Zen-like summer spent teaching Kayaking and Canoeing on the lakes and rivers of Vermont before a Kerouac-inspired journey across America. It was on his travels from The Big Apple through Chicago (where he quite literally bumped into Blues legends Buddy Guy and Otis Rush playing pool!) to Montana, Seattle, San Francisco and everywhere in-between that he acquired the anonymous confidence to perform his own songs in public.

Making his solo debut at a low key hippie hangout on Haight-Ashbury, he was so encouraged by the response that he went on to make other memorable performances in bars and coffee houses all over Southern California. Sleeping rough or on the floor of people who had come to see him play he even woke up one morning to find himself having breakfast with acclaimed LA keyboard player Dave Palmer (Fiona Apple, Chris Isaak, AIR) and Austin drummer Earl Harvin (Richard Thompson, The The).

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