Who is this guy,…?

Chris at JFK Center


Chris at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


Christopher Shaw

Adirondack Singer, Songwriter, and Storyteller

Christopher Shaw was raised in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.  He was born the son, of the son, of a commercial steamboat pilot on Lake George.  Shaw worked the big boats and grew up listening to the songs and stories passed down in those mountains from generation to generation, never suspecting he would bring those same songs and stories to audiences all over the world.

For over ten years Shaw toured for Taylor Guitars as a clinician demonstrating American Folk and country style guitar from Anchorage to Berlin.  In addition to his trips for Taylor, he has appeared at such highly respected venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, two appearances for the Smithsonian Institute, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Old Songs Folk Festival, and the Chautauqua Institute, as well as music halls, festivals, and coffee houses across the US and Europe.  He has produced a number of TV soundtracks for Public Television.  Chris wrote the soundtrack and was “the voice of Seneca Ray” on the television special “Seneca Ray Stoddard: An American Original” seen coast to coast onPBS.   Most recently, a live concert special called“Chris Shaw: Live in Concert” is showing on PBS stations across the country

Shaw has ten recordings under his belt , and is contemplating his next one as you read this. His 1988 debut, “Adirondack”, has been inducted into the Library of Congress Folk Archives.  Performers who have contributed to Chris’ recordings include such acoustic innovators as Artie Traum, John Sebastian, Garth Hudson (The Band), Vassar Clements, Cindy Cashdollar (Asleep at the Wheel), Tony Trischka, Jay Ungar, and Steve Riley.

He is married to singer/songwriter Bridget Ball, and together they have presented the highly acclaimed Christmas show“Mountain Snow and Mistletoe” at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for the last 13 years.  The couple have two boys, Christopher (Tink) Shaw, and Silas Shaw. Both, whenever possible, accompany their Dad on tour, and always accompany him on fly fishing treks into the Adirondack wilderness

Adirondack Serenade Twining Tree 0013-2/4 (2000)
Back Porch Picking
(instructional video) Twining Tree 9812-3 (1998)
Songs from the Big Front Porch (with Bridget Ball) Twining Tree 9611-2/4 (1996)
Mountain Snow & MistleTWO (with Bridget Ball)  Hudson River Co./Twining Tree 9410-2/4 (1994)
Been to Town and Back Again Hudson River Co./Twining Tree 9409-2/4 (1994)
Fireside:  Adirondack Stories, Humor, and Downright Lies (spoken word)
Hudson River Co. /Twining Tree 9308-4 (1993)
Mountain Snow & Mistletoe (with Bridget Ball)  Hudson River Co./Twining Tree 9106-2/4 (1991)
Born and Raised Hudson River Co./Twining Tree 9005-2/4 (1990)
Adirondack Hudson River Co./Twining Tree 8802-2/4 (1988)

North River, North Woods Sleeping Giant Records (2009)

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