THE MUSIC of John Denver is coming to Gilling.

An evening with Chris Bannister showcases the exceptional talent of the singer/songwriter with his self-penned collection of songs, his covers of much-loved classics or undiscovered folk songs or his simply stunning tribute to the music of John Denver, it is easy to see how he has gained an international reputation which has delighted fans for over two decades.

In 2010 Chris began touring with his solo show ‘The Music of John Denver’ celebrating the life and work of the legendary singer/songwriter in his own unique way. Unlike “lookalike” tributes, Chris’s uncanny ability to recreate the sound of John Denver has brought him widespread acclaim. It is a testament to his talent that Chris now has an international reputation and no surprise to learn that he regularly performs in Aspen Colorado to sell out audiences.

His debut album ‘Only Human’ was released in 1992. Produced in a small Liverpool studio and on an independent label, the album which combined country, folk and rock elements immediately caught the attention of legendary broadcaster, Bob Harris who added the album to his radio playlist. The single ‘We Were Children’ was released in 1993, and having been included on the BBC radio 2 playlist, brought Chris’s work to a wider audience.

Chris spent the next few years focussed on extensive touring, performing up to 200 live shows a year before releasing his second album ‘Colours’ which he once again toured extensively.

Chris has worked alongside Wrecking Crew saxophonist and flautist Jim Horn who was the longest serving musician in Denver’s band. Chris also worked with John Denver’s legendary lead guitar player SteveWeisberg, who played on hits like ‘Annie’s Song’ ‘Back Home Again’ and ‘Grandma’s Feather Bed’.This year sees Chris returning to Colorado for the fifth time, 2017 is the 20th anniversary of John Denver’s death and Chris is honoured to have been asked to perform as part of the celebrations of John’s life and work that are taking place in Aspen, the singer and activist’s adopted hometown.

As well as continuing to write, record and perform his own music, Chris has recorded several John Denver radio specials for the BBC and toured the show extensively.

The show at is coming to Gilling East Village Hall, Pottergate, Gilling East on Friday, September 15, 8pm, doors open from 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 from Lynn Harrison - or phone Sarah on 07973 802637.