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Folk // galway, Galway

Many years ago in a small village in the south of the Low Countries, a tousle-headed nine-year-old Dutch boy picked up a guitar and, under the influence of his musician parents and blues-singing Uncle Clemens, picked out ‘The Drunken Sailor’. As his voice developed, he sang Mozart a cappella on long journeys in the back of his parents’ van and entering his teenage years he began to pursue the style of music he loved best, writing and singing songs influenced by 60s rock, Americana and indie-folk.

Three years ago, Christof was lured by the bohemian bright lights and the smoky winding cobble-stoned late nights of Galway in the the West of Ireland. The city received him warmly and well and he was soon dubbed “Galway’s Adopted Son”. The lyricality of his songs and his voice, abundant in strength and sensitivity, charmed the hearts of all who heard him busking and he quickly became a popular performer in venues around the city. 2010 will have seen Christof play in London, Manchester, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Zurich and 2011 will kick off with Christof playing the summer festival circuit in New Zealand and Australia.

’Springtime’, his new EP, was launched in June in Ireland where he was joined by Dave Hingerty on drums (Swell Season/The Frames/Josh Ritter), Trevor Hutchinson on Bass (The Waterboys/Eric Bibb/Natalie Merchant) and Gerry Paul on lap steel/banjo/guitars (Tim O’Brien Trio/Gráda) and he was supported and joined on backing vocals by The Staves from Watford.

Christof confesses to a passion for cheesy 1970s fashion and is currently attempting to grow a moustache and divides his time between his spiritual home of Galway and his troubadour lifestyle across Europe. (read less)