Chris Dawson

chris dawson


musique celtique celtic music

Musician, composer, arranger and producer, Chris is a multi-instrumentist playing principally traditional flutes / whistles, and cittern/bouzouki, but also other instruments including bodhran, mandolin, didgeridoo, keyboards, bass guitar etc...

Having grown up amongst the fantastic musical diversity in north-west UK, he likes to keep an open mind and attitude towards other musical styles and influences while at the same time staying close to his musical roots.
His early professional experiences (while still playing the flute/tin whistle at home or in folk sessions) saw him working regularly in a soul/funk band touring all over UK and europe and also working in diverse studios with a top recording artist (music chart top ten hits) in other musical styles and proved to be a great learning curve in both musical and technical aspects, with the traditional music taking on a professional level in the early 90's.

Has worked alongside some notable musicians such as Sylvain Barou (Triad, Guidewires), Dan Ar Braz, Michael McGoldrick, Niamh Varian-Barry (Solas) Annie Ebrel, Alain Genty (Barzaz), David 'Hopi' Hopkins (Barzaz)
Currently working with BOGHA, and duo with Ciara Brennan, duo with Dimitri Boekhoorn



Completely self taught, Chris has for over 20 years been making and playing his own professional quality bamboo flutes.
Michael McGoldrick was the first person to realise their potential and play them in the early 90's and has continued to play them to this day, along with Sylvain Barou (Guidewires), Jean-Michel Veillon, Eric Cunningham (Frankie Gavin & De Dannan), and many others.
Chris is also one of the rare flute players who can play the flute using circular breathing, a technique which allows to play indefinitley without a break in the notes.



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