Christina Kulukundis is half English and half Greek, an odd combination for a country singer-songwriter which is essentially what she is. A native Londoner, she spent her holidays as a child in Upstate New York, a quiet mountainous region of East Coast of America. Here the country sound started to seep in. Christina made an impact with her 2006 debut release. It received Radio 2 and Radio 4 plays, was awarded 4 stars from Mojo Magazine and was BBC Radio Scotland Record of the Week. Then came dogs (two) and children (two) and, four years ago, a move to the foot of Bredon Hill, the last outcrop of England’s Cotswold Hills. Since then Christina has not been idle. Inspired by the beautiful surroundings and the ups and downs of rural life, a recently finished record (release autumn 2013) will constitute a long-overdue follow-up to her acclaimed debut album. She has also been refining a great live set featuring Ben Church (guitar, banjo, harmonica) and Pete Bryden (bass guitar). The alt-country lilt is still there, and the warm, sweet-ache vocals, but mixed this time with a few sharp corners in the song writing that make Christina’s sound all the more interesting and touching.
Next gig: Friday 19 April, 2013 – The Globe, Hay on Wye at 8pm
If you’re looking for Christina’s much acclaimed album, you can click here to buy it on Amazon
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