Now living in Vancouver, contemporary folk singer-songwriter Chris Ronald emigrated from his native England in 2002. Influenced by British and North American artists of the ’70s such as Neil Young, Don McLean, and Ralph McTell, Ronald’s music has been described as “Canadian folk with British roots.” Stuart Derdeyn of The Province likened it to “the country and folk that came out of Laurel Canyon and the British Isles in the mid-seventies.”
Ronald first got hooked on songwriting at age 15 when he put to music a poem he wrote in high school, but he only started to go public after moving to Canada then self-producing his first two albums: Pacific Time (2004) and Turning Tides (2011). In a glowing Georgia Straight review, Ken Eisner praised Ronald’s songwriting and “beautifully clear tenor voice” and wondered “where his obvious talent has been hiding for so long.” Encouraged, Ronald went one step further on his next project hiring ace producer and multi-instrumentalist, John MacArthur Ellis. The resulting Timeline (2014) album catapulted Ronald to a new level in his career with, among other accolades, a nomination for “Songwriter of the Year at the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
In live performance, Chris draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician (guitar, harmonica, ukulele) to deliver a show that is both captivating and unique. Ronald balances national and international touring with a busy family life. He has just completed his next album, to be released on Borealis Records in the spring of 2017.