Chris Herring was born in Sunderland in the North of England, and moved to Southern Germany at the age of 9. He started studying classical guitar in his teens and played in various Rock’n’Roll and Blues bands.
Chris has a passion for finger-style guitar, he has always admired great guitarists like Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Gordon Giltrap.
A few years ago Chris began restoring old guitars and consequently started making his own guitars, that can be heard on his first album Chris Herring plays Gordon Giltrap.
Gordon himself writes: "It is always a thrill and an honour when one hears another guitarist playing one of my compositions and there have been a few over the years. In my opinion Chris is undoubtedly the best I have ever heard. It's not enough to just replicate the written notes, the secret is to try and get inside the piece itself and inject emotion into that piece. Chris Herring does this superbly and not only that he adds his own creativity to what was originally created. He truly owns every piece he has ever tackled of mine. I'm truly humbled when such a fine player such as this brings these tunes of mine to life in his skilled hands."
My first own album starts off with Steam, a tribute to Bert Jansch, one of my main idols in the guitar world. The TAB for this is freely available to download from this page.
I play a few different instruments on this record, restored and self-made guitars, also mandola (Dance Of The Mermaid), mountain dulcimer (Ohio Sunset), and even a steel tongue drum (Canyon Chimes), influenced by the great harp player Andreas Vollenweider. Sometimes I will back my tunes with synths and orchestral music like on April Rhapsody.
All tunes are also on my YouTube channels:
Herring Instruments https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYZr092VWkxGN1F6QWCP6Vw
Lewis D. Lancaster
"It gives me great pleasure to write a few well chosen words about the extraordinary gifts that nature has bestowed on my friend Chris Herring. From the first moment I heard him play I knew he was special, even when playing other people's material he had his own original touch.
So here at long last is a recorded collection of his own creations superbly played, partly on instruments he has crafted himself! Yes, not only does he play beautifully but he builds the most sublime guitars.“
Gordon Giltrap MBE