Chris Ricketts to release a new album after seven year gap

Chris Ricketts

After seven years away from the folk scene, Chris Ricketts announces a much anticipated new album of self-penned sea songs and re-visited traditional shanties for 2020.  Renowned for his unique take on sea song classics Chris promises his best work yet. The album is titled Songs In The Key Of Sea, a humorous name that accurately reflects the intelligent, quick-witted storytelling at live performances.

The album features Ricketts’ usual suspects including Feast Of Fiddles’ Garry Blakeley, the extreme talent of Steve Hampton (Dead Crow Road), fan favourite Matt Blackwell (piano) and newcomer David Dove (acoustic guitar).

The release will be supported with a tour featuring these musicians that includes dates in the UK, Canada and Europe throughout June and July. This will be leading up to the official release date at a well known festival at the start of August (yet to be announced). Physical copies of the album will be available only at live shows prior to this release date.

Ricketts’ previous albums have been endorsed and praised favourably by the likes of BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, CBC Canada, R2 magazine, fRoots,,, Acoustic Magazine, Spiral Earth, Folk London to name just a few.

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To whet your appetite. Chris calls this version of ‘Shenandoah’ a rough mix but it sounds good to us:

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