Chris Redmond is a performance poet, musician and educator who weaves tall tales from a broad pallet of James Brown concerts, journey's via cow trough portals to the centre of the Earth and sometimes about getting poo in his eye. His work has been featured on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 (Bespoken Word & Pick of The Week), XFM and SKY Arts. Gigs range from pubs to festivals (Glastonbury, Big Chill, Latitude) to London’s Southbank Centre and Shepherds Bush Empire. In 2010 he supported Ben Okri at Soho Theatre and in 2011 he performed at Kosmopolis Festival in Barcelona on behalf of The British Council.
Chris is the founder and host of Tongue Fu – a show, in which the UK’s best performance poets flex their lyrical ninja skills to an improvised soundtrack from the Tongue Fu band. Tongue Fu’s current home is Rich Mix, East London, but gigs also include The Barbican, The Roundhouse and an increasing number of UK music and literature festivals. The Guardian described it as “Poetry, but not as you know it..amazing to listen to”. “Tongue Fu is at the high end of the scene” – Time Out.
Tongue Fu is produced by Renaissance One.
Chris has toured with The Spoken Word All-Stars – produced by Poet In The City and Apples and Snakes and his own show ‘The Lost Menagerie’ - a BAC commission - is touring in 2011-12.
"A wordsmith wizard, whose sublime art of storytelling in verse is impossible to ignore."
The Poetry Book Society
“Coming on like Jay Swinscoe’s Cinematic Orchestra sound-tracking Gil Scott Heron sat trading stories with a relaxed Saul Williams” John Hillcock XFM
“Just amazing, one of our favourite poets on the show” Colin Murray BBC Radio 1