Words by Ed King / Video by Trapeze Film
On Friday 21st April, Chris Tye released his third studio album – Stronger in Numbers. Launching the LP with a special gig at Ort Café on Saturday 22nd April, with support from Hannah Brown, Chris Tye will be playing the full track list off Stronger in Numbers alongside selected songs from his back catalogue.
Tickets to Chris Tye’s Stronger in Numbers album launch show are priced at £6.60 (inc booking fee). For direct Ort Cafe gig info, including venue details and online ticket sales, click here.
Birmingham Review last spoke to Chris Tye nearly three years ago, when the singer/songwriter was releasing his previous LP – The Paper Grenade. For the full interview, click here.
Now Stronger in Numbers sits on the table, with ten new tracks and the reworking of an old favourite, ‘No Sing’. Michael Clarke is back behind the glass, with the entire LP being recorded and engineered at Clarke’s King’s Heath based studio – with a who’s who of local musicians jumping in across the album.
Dan Whitehouse, Vijay Kashore, Paul Connop, Jo Hamilton, Jayne Powell, Simon Davies, Michael King and Anna Bennett (Boat to Row) all feature on various tracks, with Jon Cotton working on ‘No Sing’ alongside Tye and Clarke. It’s a rich collage, and a testament to Chris Tye’s quiet reverence within Birmingham’s music community. Although he’ll never admit it.
Birmingham Review grabbed the man once again, for a coffee and chat at Cherry Reds on John Bright Street. We even got him to play the title track off his new album, the deeply personal and pertinent ‘Stronger in Numbers’.
Watch our interview with Chris Tye below, or visit the Birmingham Review YouTube page for this and others. ‘Stronger in Numbers’ is performed at 20mins 44secs.
Chris Tye @ Cherry Reds 21.04.17
Chris Tye launches his latest album, Stronger in Numbers, at Ort Café on Saturday 22nd April – with support from Hannah Brown. For direct gig info, including venue details and online ticket sales, visit www.ortcafe.co.uk/chris-tyehannah-brown
For more on Chris Tye, visit www.christyemusic.wordpress.com
For more from Ort Cafe, visit www.ortcafe.co.uk
For more from Cherry Reds, visit www.cherryreds.com