Christopher Ford has been attacking acoustic guitars on stages throughout Western Canada for the past half-decade, grinding out a soulful, energetic form of folk that demands a second listen. Despite his quick smile and penchant for a cheeky joke, ‘CFord’ brings a profound-yet-paranoid urgency to the stage that has earned him a devoted following. After cutting his teeth standing out from amongst the cowboy hats in Calgary and the blue-collar bars of Edmonton’s
winter, Christopher moved westward to the land of long beards and thick-rimmed glasses, and the transition has helped him to find his true voice.
With a blues howl that hovers somewhere between Cat Stevens and Steven Page, the lyrical soul of an urban nomad, and playing a baker’s dozen of instruments, Christopher has been making an impact on the barroom stages, open mic nights, and street festivals that mark the burgeoning folk scene of Vancouver.
Recordings from his first two albums produced and brought to life by Chris in his homegrown studio in Calgary, AB earned him the ear of the Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, where he placed fourth and third overall in 2009 and 2011.
A tireless worker, Christopher completed a tour of Western Canada in the summer of 2012, and has spent the fall and winter playing shows throughout the Vancouver/Lower Mainland area, including appearances on CITR and CJSF radio. During that time, he also wrapped up recording on a 5-song EP that is due to release at the end of 2013.
You can follow Chris’s adventures on his blog at c-ford.net and on Twitter at @toolestooles