1st August 2017
live happenings - august
2nd Wed
Chris Conway & Andy Nicholls - Cactus Cafe, Loughborough
5th Sat
Govannen - Village Ceilidh, Harston
6th Sun
Govannen - Don Paddy's, Uppingham
16th Wed
Chris Conway & Andy Nicholls - Marabel Ristorante, Leicester
17th Thu
Three Gentle Men - Chris Conway/Andy Griffiths/Steve Parker - The Musician, Leicester
19th Sat
Chris Conway & Dan Britton - 40min set - Randall Rootz Festival, Charters Bar, Town Bridge Peterborough PE1 1FP
20th Sun
Govannen - Acoustic & Folk Music Picnic - Bradgate Park, Leics
22nd Tue
Quadelectronic 111 - Quad Studios, 75 Friday Street, Leic
26th Sat
Govannen - Beer Festival, The Wheel, Branston, Lincs
27th Sun
Chris Conway & Dan Britton - A New Day Festival, Faversham, Kent
28th Mon
Govannen - Leics Countryside Fair, Beacon Hill, Leics
31st July 2017
chris conway & dan britton @ simon says... festival
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Dan & I with percussionist Neil Rabjohn played a 45 minute set at Simon Says...Festival in Leicester.
It was our first at this kind of festival in quite a while but nerves settled in after a couple of songs. I got through the tricky Leaf Boat Dreams with no lyric lapses for the first time - Yay! We had great sound from our chum Neil Segrott. The set just seemed to breeze by. More photos when we get them.

Set - The Storm, Call Of The Wild, Song For Eric, Leaf Boat Dreams, When Will We Be Married?, The Alien Jellyfish Song, The Snow & The Fire.
14th July 2017
a full moon summer night's dream - new piano release
Chris Conway - A Full Moon Summer Night's Dream

I recorded a new solo piano improvisation album - all one track. My last piano album

Outside In
was recorded at noone with outside sounds. This album was recorded by candlelight at full moon at midnight and thus is its nightime companion. I struck a Tibetan singing bowl 3 times at the beginning, along the way, and at the end, making a kind of ritual. I recorded it in one go in about an hour.

The music is quiet, sparse and like nothing I have done before - it sounds like modern classical somehow. But it makes an interesting step on the journey from Glisten (short varied tracks), Midnight Window Blue (longer tracks & minimalism), Outside In (one whole piece wandering where it will)

See webpage here
- it is streamable and downloadable (£5) from Bandcamp now.
- iTunes, Amazon, Spotify in a few weeks
- CDrs made to order.
- hear it here

26th June 2017
memory wire - dervish house - new release
Memory Wire - Dervish House

Ambient duo Memory Wire release new album Dervish House. It is their 9th album and their first for 2 years.
All tracks feature special guest guitarist & bassist Dave Everitt, who also featured on the group's Parallel album. It also features on one track vocalist Linda Faulkner who sang on their previous Underground album.

The plan was to make an album with a stronger minimal music influence - this time we went for it with a long first and short 2nd track. The third track continues the minimal theme, then transforms to an albient dreamscape, a vibe which carried through the rest of the album. We are delighted at the result!

see web page here
hear it here

8th June 2017
great 4 star reviews for "pathways" and "essesnce"
Chris Conway & Andy Nicholls - Pathways . Audible Light - Essence

Hot on the heels of his duo album, Safe Harbour, with fellow singer-songwriter Dan Britton, Leicester-based Chris Conway recorded this album of instrumentals with tenor sax player Andy Nicholls. Indeed, Conway is a talented multi-instrumentalist and here he contributes piano. The pair have enjoyed playing jazz together for approaching three decades now but their improvisational approach on Pathways, pretty much live in the studio, is a first for them.
It’s a magnificently mellow sound that they conjure, on tracks entitled ‘Gentle Fire’, ‘A Mist Of Trees’, and ‘Open Skylight’ (graced by the resultant rain and bird sounds), perfect for late nights or that slow-to-surface Sunday morning-after-the-night-before, and the two musicians’ mutual familiarity is evident in the relaxed, intimate sounds that they generate.

Meanwhile, in yet another release on Conway’s prolific Oblong label, he and fellow musicians Andy Atyeo (electric guitar, synthesiser, laptop), Lee Hayden (bass), Jim Tetlow (laptop with keyboard) – collectively known as Audible Light – and guest Chris Thornhill (guitar, violin, effects) have recorded Essence, another in their series of ambient collections, this one multi-tracked live at the Ambient Underground 5 event in Leicester.
Conway himself contributes keyboards and theremin amongst other sounds and textures, and overall Essence proves a suitably moody complement to the jazzier Pathways, each album stimulating and relaxing in equal measure.

David White - RnR Magazine

29th May 2017
chris conway & andy nicholls - uncharted waters - video

Chris Conway & Andy Nicholls - Pathways

23rd May 2017
chris conway & dan britton - suprise me - video

Safe Harbour

15th May 2017
electric skies - so far away - video

Chris Conway Electric Skies

14th May 2017
buddha dreamer youtube gets 5 million views!

this YouTube of my album Buddha Dreamer played twice over just passed 5 million views!!! . That is amazing! This last million took just 3 months!

It was uploaded by a company under license from the record label. I do get some royalty and PRS from this but sums from streamed music is small and there is a complex path to get to me.

But I am just chuffed at the numbers of listeners and I get such lovely comments under this YouTube. :-)

26th April 2017
outside in - full album video on youtube

Chris Conway Outside In

I have slowly been trying to put up 1 track from each album as a promo video on Youtube. Well Outside In only has 1 track - so a 51minute video had to be done!

6th April 2017
chris conway & ajahn achalo - three jewels and a lotus
- new download release
Conway Achalo Three Jewels And A Lotus
After 8 months of work the collaborative album with Buddhist monk Ajahn Achalo and myself, all conducted by email between his monastery in Bangkok and my studio in Leicester has been completed. His chanting and my wafty music, plus guests sitar player Neil Donoghue I worked with on Ayurveda Gold, and Celtic harper Mo Coulson

His students are releasing a CD but it will only be distributed at monasteries in Thailand and Malaysia, but he has said I can co-ordinate a digital release. It has just gone up on Bandcamp, where you can listen or download it and name-your-price (including £0). iTunes, Spotify, etc to follow.

Hear it here

3rd April 2017
great review for "safe harbour"
Safe Harbour

Safe Harbour ****
Chris and Dan celebrate twenty-five years of working together, in Safe Harbour, the pair’s third album as a duo. They’ve also pursued active solo careers during that time, with Conway in particular a prolific songwriter, composer and recording artist across an array of styles, while both play in Celtic outfit, Govannen.

Safe Harbour, released on Conway’s own label, is a fine collection of songs – six from Conway and five from Britton. There’s also a cover of Charles Kingsley and Garnet Rogers’s ‘Three Fishers’, which references the 1838 Clovelly fishing disaster, as does opening track ‘The Storm’ from the pen of Britton, three of whose ancestors perished when twelve boats and twenty-six men left for the herring fishing grounds; only one vessel would return after a storm in the Bristol Channel.

Much of Britton’s material draws its strength from his West Country roots and personal experience (‘Song For Eric’ is about the death of a friend) while Conway’s reveals something of the musical and spiritual traveller. His near-seven-minutes-long ‘Magical Rooms’ is arguably the album’s standout track, reflecting on what makes him who he is and how he got there.

The entire album is a delight, though – satisfyingly rootsy in places (fiddles, mandolin, Irish whistles, bodhran, kalimba and more contributing to the overall mood) with a little jazzy piano here and there in the mix. Strong songs are graced by warm, mellow voices, often in ambitious arrangements, and all beautifully produced in Conway’s home studio. David White - R2 Magazine

30th March 2017
quadelectronic 100 - Volume 1 & 2 - new releases

Quadelectronic is the monthly electronic improvisation event I organise and to celebrate our 100th event we said we would release all of the music from the night and here it is. A splendid night it was with 9 musicians and our liquid lightshow artist Lumiere Ogbanje -

Chris Conway:
theremin, electric piano, low whistle, vocals, effects
Jez Creek: iPads, effects
Steve Escott: bass, effects
Linda Faulkner: vocals
Alan Freeman: Korg MS-20, effects
Steve Freeman: Moog Rogue, bowed CD, effects
Dave Powell: symphony hurdy-gurdy, effects
Matt Stone: guitar, effects
Jim Tetlow: laptop with keyboard, cajón

There is variety on both volumes but Volume 1 is the more sounds based and Volume 2 the more melodic. You can stream them online or download them and name your own price (including £0)


28th March 2017
quadelectronic documents - new archive
Quadelectronic documents

An archive of all recordings made at Quadelectronic events over the past 8 and a half years is being uplodaded by Alan Freeman. More recordings are being added all the time from the very first Quadelectronic 1 in 17 June 2008.

It's fascinating hearing these undedited recordings. Although each event has it;s own atmosphere, it is fair to say we have eveolved over the years to more of an ambient aesthetic. Things were pretty lively and noisy back then and we started out doing long improvisations where players dropped in and out as they please. Only after a few months did I come up with the randomly chosen groups playing for 7ish minutes format.

Check out the Quadelectronic Documents archive page here

26th March 2017
alessandro monti - urban folk - intuitive maps
Alessandro Monti Unfolk - Intruitive Maps

Last summer a bass player from Venice came to Leicester and organised some jam sessions involving myself and other local msuicians to record for his Urban Folk project album "Intuitive Maps"
The music was instrumental and quite psychodelic. Well the album has been released and I play theremin, keybaords, flutes, kalimba and voice on 3 long tracks = 35minutes

Trailer YouTube here
Alessandro's page here

20th March 2017
govannen annual st patrick's vlog 2017

12th March 2017
solo songs gig at broood

First solo songs concert since I can remember - months certainly. Went well - new whistles, new kalimba, & new bombarde all debuted - see photo :-) Was fairly bold with the setlist in the first set - "hits" in the 2nd. Then lots of folks to talk to. When I got home I was very tired, a bit hoarse, but pleased. :-)

Old/New" Set 1 - Time To Talk, Tomorrow Lives Again, Long Days Waiting, Alien Phone Invasion, A Little Bit Of Loving, Surprise Me, Easier, Leaf Boat Dreams, Ten Years.

"Hits" Set 2 - The Wishing Tree, Alien Salad Abduction, Lifespell, bombarde interlude, Love Space Station, Damned, Super Heroes Never Die, Wiccan Chicken flutes, Green Clothes, - encore - Three Headed Girl

7th March 2017
meeting gilbert o'sullivan
Gilbert O'Sullivan & Chris Conway

I got to meet Gilbert O'Sullivan after his concert in Birmingham. I gave him a copy of my album Out Of The Blue which I thought he might like - especially Lost In My Mind - and he singed my copy of his great Latin album Latin A La G.

I told him what I liked most about his music was the unexpected chord changes, especially in the bridge of his songs, and he lit up and said that was what he enjoyed most as well.
A nice guy and it was a great concert :-)

26th February 2017
audible light - essence - new release
Audible Light - Essence

Audible Light release our 5th album Essesnce on the Zorpin label.
Recorded live at the Ambient Underground 6 concert at The Cookie, Leicester in January in multitrack enabling us to mix it really nicely. Guitarist/violinist Chris Thornhill joined us a special guest on 2 tracks.
Every Audible Light album has a slightly different vibe and this onehas an airy, floaty feel. There are some great minimal music tracks and some spacey waftiness too. As always, balance is our thing.
CDrs available soon, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify in a few weeks.
Hear it here, and download it if you like for £5

11th February 2017
chris conway & andy nicholls - pathways - new release
Chris Conway & Andy Nicholls - Pathways

Piano & tenor saxophone improvisations
After 27 years playing jazz together we decided to do something new - record an album of improvisations. For me it was a logical extension of my solo piano improvisations albums Glisten, Midnight Window Blue & Outside In.
It was a quite a revelation how naturally we took to this. We mostly play compositions at our gigs in bars and weddings. but it all came naturally and the interaction showed our long association had been built on listening and responding.
We haqve made a short run of CDs but the album is also available to download from Bandcamp. now.
For more info see album website
Hear the album here

29th January 2017
piano & tenor sax improvisations album - recording complete
Chris Conway Andy Nicholls recording

Months ago Andy Nicholls and I recorded 6 piano & tenor saxophone improvisations. Today we recorded 7 more and have completed recording for the album. In fact we have more than we need. Next comes mixing and mastering, then tracks and albums titles, and cover art. It's amazing that int he 26 years we have played together we have never thought of doing this.

26th January 2017
mo coulson in the studio & other studio news
Mo Coulson
Celtic harper chum Mo Coulson came to the studio yesterday without much of a plan but we seem to have started another album.
It will be our 3rd after Spirits Of The Mermaids & Spirits Of The Angels. We completed 3 tracks in the afternoon and we shall return to this project over the next few months.

Sax player Andy Nicholls comes to the studio soon to finish our album of improvisations ofr piano and tenor saxophone.

Audible Light took good multitrack recordings from Ambient Underground 6 concert and we are mixing it soon.

100th Quadelectronic event recordings are also due to be mastered for release soon.
19th January 2017
audible light - night forest - 40 minute promo video
Audible Light - Convergence

Trying to cathc up on promo videos, I made a YouTube video for 40 minute track Night Forest from the Audible Light album Convergence.
The whole album is now uploaded and can be hear on this playlist

11th January 2017
vikki clayton - messenger
Vikki Clayton - Messenger

My compadre of old Vikki Clayton has a new album out. Called Messenger, I play on 7 of the 12 tracks and Vikki sings a version of my song Coming In To Land, and on a song of hers, The Gardener, I produced and played all the instruments.

You can hear clips and buy the album here.
You can hear Vikki's version of Coming In To Land here

31st December 2016
2016 round-up

(last year’s figure in brackets)

Gigs – 128 (120)
Celtic - 55 (59)
jazz - 28 (26)
songs - 27 (20)
electronic - 18 (15)

albums – 5 (10)

Govannen – Celtic Air
Audible Light – Convergence
Chris Conway – Outside In
Chris Conway – Electric Skies
Chris Conway & Dan Britton – Safe Harbour

as guest musician - 2 (3)

Lorraine Bowen – The Crumble Lady
Simon Waldram - Insolation compilation - 1 (1)
Dan Britton & Friends – A Falling Leaf

Music from piano album Midnight Window Blue used for DVD 188 Miles To Appleby - a film by Charlotte Patte.

Notable Venues & Festivals
Simon Says...Festival
Leicestershire Countryside Fair
Clovelly Herring Festival
Kettering Arts Centre
Leicester Guildhall
Acoustic Gardens 2, Belgrave Hall
Solo theremin set opening for The Enid @ The Musician

Notable Events
Happy Landings 25th Anniversary,
Quadelectronic 8th Anniversary
YouTube of Buddha Dreamer passes 2.5 Million listens.
First studio Conway/Britton album for 15 years.

A busier year live but not so manic in the studio. Celtic Air took a long time to put together, co-ordinating 5 of in the band and arranging it all. Focussed thereafter on more arty albums for me. Wouldve been busier but had to cancel 4 gigs with the flu. Studio time was busy with working for recording fchants or Buddhist monk Ajahn Achalo. Celtic - a new album from Govannen Celtic Air. Govannen stayed pretty busy.

Songs – Chris Conway & Dan Britton album Safe Harbour, tour to Devon, and gigs with Sally Barker & Mia and the Moon.

Jazz – Solo jazz piano album Outside In. Happy Landings trio 25th Anniversary reunion concert.

Electronic - Audible Light album Convergence and solo ambient theremin album Electric Skies. Solo theremin concert opening for The Enid.

New Age – Govannen album Celtic Air released on new age labl Paradise Music. Ongoing recordings of chanting with Buddhist monk Ajahn Achalo.

A very busy summer (60 gigs in 4 months) and a quieter winter. It's been a year of greater variety, - more songs, more jazz, more electronic, and one where I allowed myself to follow my interests more.

24th November 2016
chris conway & dan britton - safe harbour - new release
Chris Conway & Dan Britton Safe Harbour

Studio album by singer songwriters & multi-instrumentalists Chris Conway & Dan Britton - their first duo studio album in 15 years!

Despite being very busy with Celtic band Govannen, Chris & Dan had never stopped playing concerts of their own songs in a duo, often augmented by Neil Rabjohn's percussion. But they never had the time to go back to the studio.

Sometime around the start of 2016, Dan had recorded a couple of songs with Chris about his family history which were put out on Youtube. Then they started to really enjoy the duo concerts. Somewhere along the line they decided to write some news songs, combine them with songs from their solo albums that were firm favourites in their live set, and record them. This they did here and there throughout 2016, with Chris adding more to the ones Dan had originally recorded. Then suddenly it was done.

Hear and read about and buy the album on the Safe Harbour Page

1st October2016
electric skies - new release - ambient theremin album
Chris Conway - Electric Skies

5 years after Adagios Electric I have released another album of ambient solo theremin & effects (plus a little low whsitle, voice, and shaker) I recorded it one afternoon (4th October) as a way to rehearse for my solo theremin perfomance opening for the legendary prog rock band The Enid.
Interesting to hear the differences in 5 years - I was using similar effects. I think some subtle refinements can be heard. Anyway it sounds pretty anyway so check it out.

It's downloadable or streamable on Bandcamp now - iTunes, Amazon, Spotify in a month plus I can sell you a lovingly handcrafterd CDr on a you-want-one-I'll-print-one basis.

30th September 2016
what's been happening?
Govannen recording Celtic Air album - after...

Apologies for not keeping up with the website, blogs, photos, gig reports and e-newsletter. I've had the busiest summer for years with 60 gigs in the last 4 months, plus recording in the studio and promtion to do. I've been to busy doing it to document it.
So briefly...

1. Chris Conway & Dan Britton album - Getting there - 12 songs recorded but need some sessions with percussionist Neil Rabjohn and a few things to add ourselves. We had a cool photoshoot in a pub in Oakham.

2. Buddhist monk chanting album - A Buddhist monk in Thailand heard my Buddha Dreamer album and asked me to make music around his chanting recordings. This is quite a big project of 8 tracks, some quite long, and multilayered, so it will keep me busy for quite a while

3. Chris Conway & Andy Nicholls - piano & saxophone improvisations. Still halfway through - not had time to add to this.

4. Sally Barker + CC & Dan Britton
- Planning 2 upcoming gigs in October with Dan Britton and sharing the bill with Sally Barker

5. Quadelectronic 100, Happy Landings 25th, Ambient Underground 5 -planned and happened.

6. recorded a 20minute drama scene with 2 actors.

7. recorded with my friend Lorraine Bowen in Brighton.

27th September 2016
happy landings 25th anniversary concert
Chris Conway's Happy Landings 25th Anniversary Concert

My jazz trio Happy Landings - CC piano, Neil Segrott bass, John Runcie drums recently celebrated our 25th anniversary with a dinner - then we decided to have a concert.

Happy Landings recorded 3 albums Meet You There, Sky High, Think Blue Count Two of jazz & fusion between 91 & 94. Then teor sax player Andy Nicholls joined in 95 making a more mainstream jazz album Who Cares?
So Happy Landings played the first set at the Regent Jazz Club in Leicester. in the 2nd half they were joined by sax player Andy Nicholls. There was a great turnout and it was a blast to air these tunes again - and were amazed how well we did on only one rehearsal :-)

20th September 2016
quadelectronic 100!
Quadelectronic 100

Another milestone for the monthly improvised electronic music session I run at Quad Studios - for 100 months we have made our strange sounds.

The plan this time was to have Jim Tetlow record it all on his multi-track and release the best it somehow. Luckily it was a really great session of moody subtle ambient music.
Watch this space for a release.

14th August 2016
cc @ acoustic gardens 2 & the criterion - gig reports

Acoustic Gardens 2 - Belgrave Hall
Twas a warm and sunny day, and a lovely crowd had gathered on the lawns of Belgrave Hall, Leicester. I had long wanted to play there as Belgrave Hall and it;s gardens is a special place I discovered for myself many years ago and had been my "secret garden".
My chum Neil Secrott did the sound expertly and all around were many friends int eh audience. I was a little adventurous playing Storyteller and Out Of The Blue.

Set - Storyteller, Monkeys On The Moon, Lifespell, Superheroes Never Die, Out Of The Blue, Wiccan Chicken, Three Headed Girl

The Criterion

I had just dashed from playing a 30minute set at the Acoustic Gardens 2 event and set up quickly to play what was 2nd out of 3 gigs that day (I had a party gig with Govannen that night) . It's been a while since I played a 2 x 45 minute solo set of songs. 15 minutes before the gig the room was empty but friends arrived and a nice mellow crowd assembled. My set wandered wandered around off my list as i relaxed into it. I plyaed My Mind's Eye for the first time in years. A Chinese lass said afterwards my songs reminded her of Gershwin. I'll take that!

Set 1 - Another Way Of Living, Easier, Lifespell, My Minds Eye, The Wishing Tree, Monkeys The Moon, Surprise Me, Damned, Call Me

Set 2 - Call Of The Wild, Superheroes Never Die, Love Space Station, Deja Blues, Wiccan Chicken Flutes, Green Clothes, Journey's End, Three Headed Girl

2nd August 2016
outside in - piano improvisation + outside sounds - new album
Chris Conway Outside In

I recorded a new piano improvisation album last week. It is a single 51 minute track, and this time I placed 2 microphones out of the window to record the outside - rain, breeze in the trees, the odd car, which adds an otherworldy underscore to the music and sounds at times like the ocean.
I first did this outside recording on my first solo album 4am where I recorded a blackbird singing on my street at 4am.

It is available to listen, download to on Bandcamp and CDs will be on a you-want-one, I'll print one basis. It will be on iTunes & Amazon in a month or so.

I'm delighted with it - the music is a bit sparser perhaps than the previous piano album Midnight Window Blue, and the occasional folk-ish melody appeared.


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