Singer - Songwriter - Musician
About Chris Sayre
A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Chris Sayre has dedicated more than 40 years to the performance and promotion of both traditional and contemporary folk music. With his award winning vocals and accompanied on English concertina, button accordion, fretted dulcimer, acoustic guitars, mandolin, and musical saw, Mr. Sayre takes his audiences on a musical journey through history by exploring the songs and dance tunes of our common experience.
Chris has been recognized throughout his career for his talents.
He was awarded
First Place Male Singer; at the Nebraska State Country Music Championship in
Springfield, Nebraska in 1982. That same year, he earned first place in both folksinger and miscellaneous
instrument categories at the Westfair Championships held in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In 1984, he contributed
to the soundtrack of the nationally aired PBS documentary,
Plowing Up a Storm. During this
period, he was also part of the Nebraska Arts Council's touring program, both with the group
Northwynd and the duo
Newton and Sayre.
Between 1988 and 1992, Chris performed nationwide at over 1,000
schools. In 1995, he contributed both to the soundtrack of the Nebraska Educational TV documentary on the
life of George Norris called,
The Fighting Liberal, and then the nationally aired PBS
In Search of the Oregon Trail.
In 2000, Mr. Sayre was honored to receive the Lincoln Community
Radio Station KZUM Members Choice Award for
Artist of the Year. In 1999, 2000, and 2001, he
was also awarded the Members Choice Award for
Folk Artist of the Year. His Irish group
Paddywhack won the award for
World Artists of the Year in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Also during
that period, he received a
Bitsy award from the Nebraska Arts Council for his many years of
service to the arts.
In 2016, Chris wrapped up a successful 30 year run in the Artist in Schools/Communities Program, cosponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council. As of 2020, he continues to be a popular long time presenter with the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau, as well as keeping busy with his solo career.
Chris has two recordings available.
includes 14 original songs from folk to country blues. Released in 2016,
Most Times Good
includes 16 of his own songs written in a variety of styles and features Lincoln legends Steve Hanson
and Steve 'Fuzzy' Blazek. Chris also appears with the Celtic group Paddywhack on recordings:
Whacked Out (2001),
Something Old, Something New (2006) and
They'd Do It Now (2015).
For more information, contact:
834 S 36th Street / Lincoln, NE 68510
402-477-6777 / email@example.com / www.chrissayre.com