Fusing comedy and music, Chris Tavener always brings a smile to your face with his quick-witted lyrics and complimenting chords. On Saturday night Chris took to the stage at Salford’s Eagle Inn, alongside Gavin Osborne, to perform a tickling set as part of their ongoing A Little OTT Tour.

  Chris uses an acoustic guitar to create a folk inspired sound, something that wouldn’t sound too dissimilar to Bob Dylan if you couldn’t hear the audience giggling at the clever wordplay and witty sense of humour that Chris incorperates into his music.

  Opening with a song about an undying love for Harry Styles, Chris grabbed the room with his light-hearted humour. His set went on to feature tracks about everything from ironic first world problems to a song about Elon Musk launching a car into space, a parody of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Chris had a bold presence on stage, one that drew in everyone’s attention, his performance was more than just his music but also acting with subtle expressions and actions, which matched the lyrics, as he sang.

  Although his music is based around comedy, Chris does incorporate more touching subjects in his songs. His set featured a new song about Mental Health, called Bottle it Up and one about a story of a meteor written by a child in hospital, which is going to be released soon.

  Chris closed the night with Let’s All Go to A Festival, a song about the positive outlook of festival and a perfectly accurate and hilarious representation of festival season.

  Still on tour, Chris is set to be playing in London, Cambridge and Exeter over the next few weeks, as well as a few other places, alongside Gavin Osborne. Find out about upcoming dates here. He also has a live album, which you can listen to on Spotify. If you haven’t been able to watch his current tour, I definitely recommend you go to one of Chris’s future gigs for a night of music and laughter.

Liv X

Photo by Olivia Kenny

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