Chris Hoban is one of the leading songwriters in the South West and is enjoying a growing reputation as a solo performer and multi-instrumentalist, accompanying himself on guitar, piano accordion, mandocello or ‘cello. He has appeared in folk clubs and festivals with the West Country folk musicians Steve Knightley, Phil Beer, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Jim Causley, Geoff Lakeman, Phil Henry & Hannah Martin.
He regularly writes songs for the nationally renowned Devonian folk duo “Show of Hands”, has featured on a number of their albums and joined them both on their 2017 autumn tour, “Sanctuary”, performing in the cathedrals of Britain as well as several of their summer outings in 2018 including Sidmouth, Shrewsbury and Abbotsbury folk festivals. He also appeared as a guest artist in Show of Hands’ sell out show in the Albert Hall in April 2017.
He began his teaching career in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, spent a decade working in music theatre at home and overseas and has worked extensively in professional theatre and with choirs as a composer and musical director. His choral engagements and commissions have been diverse, including high voice choral pieces and folk carols suitable for schools, musicals for children and adults, a capella songs for community choirs and a millennium song performed without conductor by 1,000 massed singers in Liverpool cathedral.
In recent years his songs “Hallows’ Eve” and “The Old Lych Way” have been played on BBC Radio 2 & 3, BBC Radio Devon, on Channel 4 television and are increasingly covered by folk artists nationwide.