A professional and established solo Celtic harpist, specialising particularly in traditional Celtic music including much Irish, Welsh, and Scottish music, plus some Breton, Manx and Cornish music. He also plays some original material and live improvised music.
For weddings & corporate bookings, he also offers a large selection of popular music on the harp, as an alternative to the traditional Celtic music. He also has a set of early / medieval / renaissance music.
Chris Knowles plays a variety of instruments; his principal instrument is the Celtic harp, and his other main instruments for traditional Celtic music are Irish bouzouki, whistle & low D whistle. He also often plays other styles of music, on electric mandolin and alto and soprano saxophones.
Performs solo, also in duo with uilleann piper/flute player/whistle player Ben Walker.
Hundreds of traditional Irish, Scottish and Welsh tunes. Approx 70 medieval/early pieces. Popular: Theme from Zeffirelli film Romeo & Juliet Theme from 'Braveheart' (A Gift of a Thistle) Theme from 'Titanic' (My Heart will go on) Wagner's Wedding March ('Here comes the bride') Cavatina (Theme from the Deer Hunter) Pachelbel's Canon in D Flower Duet (Delibes) Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Gluck) Schubert's Ave Maria Bach's Prelude in C (excerpt) Birds Flew Over the Spire (Gary Ryan) Have I told you lately that I love you (Van Morrison) Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton) When a Man loves a Woman (Percy Sledge) Everywhere- Fleetwood Mac (slower, like Carrie Mac version) Ordinary People (John Legend) A Thousand Years (Christina Perri) Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Elton John) Let Me Wrap you in my Warm &Tender Love (Percy Sledge) Songbird (Fleetwood Mac, Eva Cassidy) Thinking out Loud (Ed Sheeran) Your Song (Elton John) Sacrifice (Elton John) Unchained Melody All of Me (John Legend) Annie's Song (John Denver) My love is like a red red rose (Rabbie Burns) Myfanwy You Raise me Up Moon River Nights in White Satin (Moody Blues) Someone to Watch Over Me And I Love her So (Don McClean) A Taste of Honey Autumn Leaves Somewhere Over the Rainbow Groovy Kind of Love Fields of Gold (Sting) Shape of My Heart (Sting) Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin) Time after time (Cyndi Lauper) True Colours ( Cyndi Lauper) Make you feel my love (Dylan) Come away with me (Norah Jones) Nightingale (Norah Jones) We are Sailing (Rod Stewart) Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol) Moondance (Van Morrison) The Rose Bette Midler) G I'll Find Someone Like You – (Adele) Plaisir d'Amour I Can't Help falling in love with you Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison) I won't Give up- (Jason Mraz) Halo- Beyonce Use Somebody- Kings of Leon Dakota- Stereophonics When I Fall in Love (Nat King Cole) Scarborough Fair And I Love Her (Beatles) Carrickfergus Down by the Sally Gardens South Wind Danny Boy Mountains of Mourne (Carrickdhoun) Dawning of the Day (Raglan Road) Star of the County Down My Lagan Love The Rose of Allendale The Dark Island Curragh of Kildare Skye boat song Men of Harlech She moved through the Fair May Morning Dew The Galway Shawl Lakes of Pontchartraine When you were Sweet Sixteen (Fureys) I Will Love You Every time (Fureys) The Lonesome Boatman (Fureys) The Coulin Roisin Ddu Wild Mountain Thyme The Rocks of Bawn The Last Rose of Summer Bright Blue Rose Ride On Women of Ireland A Woman's Heart Tammy