12.55-13.35, Stage 2 • Sunday
English singer, writer and presenter Chris T-T has been consistently acclaimed for two decades, releasing 10 solo albums and clocking up 2,200 shows around the world, touring with Ben Folds, Bellowhead, Frank Turner, The Divine Comedy, The National, Tom Robinson, Emma Pollock, British Sea Power, Elbow, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo and many others.
In this year’s sole UK performance, Chris sings A.A. Milne, a unique work of new musical settings on piano and guitar for poems from the author’s 1920s children’s books When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six.
Guest Curator John Boden on Chris T-T
Chris is a massively influential figure on the low-fi, acoustic punk scene. Frank Turner has performed a number of his songs and cites him as an inspirational figure. As a performer of his own political material he is uncompromising, aggressive, forensically deconstructive in his observations. So it was something of a surprise when a few years back he announced that he would be taking a one-man show of original settings of A. A. Milne’s children’s poems to the Edinburgh Festival.
It was an enormous success, not least because he managed to inject a fair amount of that punk vivacity into the settings whilst totally staying true the the melancholy, tender, drily humorous tone of the poems. I am so excited to see him perform these songs once more before he hangs up his plectrum - he announced in April this year that he would be retiring from live performance, so don’t miss him!