Chris Morris is a folk singer from Kingston, Ontario.
His music and high-energy performances encompass folk and other traditional genres from the Delta to Dylan, the plantations to the Appalachians, the Mississippi to beyond the Great Lakes. Folk, blues, roots, rock, outlaw country, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, spirituals – it’s all blended together and performed with a captivating intensity that will take you along the same versatile ride – feeling great, feeling bad, feeling hopeful, feeling lost, but glad to be a part of the creation of amazing music. His debut solo album, I Know This All Too Well, will be released in April 2018.
Chris began performing live at the age of 14. He recorded two albums of original material in the mid-90s as school projects, and several copies (of each!) were sold, and they have sadly fallen out of circulation, largely due to disinterest from both Chris and the general public. Chris was a member several rock bands throughout high school and college, but he maintained a strong repertoire of solo material rooted in folk and other acoustic-based styles. Always a champion of local and unknown artists, Chris started a concert promotion business in 2002: Rock Crew Productions. Rock Crew Productions produced over 250 concerts in 4 years, including Arcade Fire, Tegan & Sara, The Weakerthans, Serena Ryder, k-os and many more. Much of his focus throughout this time was on the business and his family, and it wasn’t until 2008 when the opportunity came to host an open stage, the Kingston Folk Club, that Chris returned to regular performing and writing.
Chris listens to a wide variety of music and pulls influences from everything he hears: traditional folk and mountain music, blues, spirituals and field hollers, bluegrass, classic rock, classic country, jam bands, soul, jazz, reggae, alternative and indie rock, and more. His diverse repertoire of well over 150 songs mixes originals, traditionals, and covers of artists like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Phish, Paul Simon, Bruce Cockburn, The Who, Elmore James, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, The Velvet Underground, and many more.