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. Self-taught on over a dozen instruments, Chris takes audiences on a musical journey through history by exploring the songs and dance tunes of our common experience.
From slide guitar blues to rollicking jigs played on the English concertina, Mr. Sayre expresses his love of music with unabashed enthusiasm. This has included stints as the front-man in the popular western swing band, "The Midwest Ramblers", as well as, a founding member of the Irish band, "Paddywhack." He has also pursued a successful solo career.
Chris has been recognized on numerous occasions 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 Public Broadcast System, 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 nationally 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 documentary, "In Search of the Oregon Trail." In addition to being a sought after performer with the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau, he has recently concluded a 30 year run in the Artist in Schools/Communities Program, cosponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council.
In 2000, Mr. Sayre was honored to receive the KZUM Members Choice Award for "Artist of the Year." In 1999, 2000, and 2001, he was also awarded Members Choice Award for "Folk Artist of the Year." His group Paddywhack also won the award for "World Artists of the Year" in 2000, 2001, and 2002. The summer of 2002, Chris received a 'Bitsy' award from the Nebraska Arts Council for his many years of service to the arts. He was also the first inductee into the new KZUM Member's Choice Awards Hall of Fame. KZUM, the community radio station in Lincoln, Nebraska, has been at the forefront in supporting innovative music for over 25 years.
Chris has three solo recordings available. "Falcon Rust" includes 14 of his own songs in a variety of styles from folk to country blues. Also available is "Tunes From Along The Way." This CD features many of the instruments that Chris uses in his programs. Twelve of the 14 tracks are instrumentals. Six are original and two of these include vocals. Released in 2016, "Most Times Good" is only his second CD of original music. The 16 songs are 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 "I Wish They'd Do It Now" (2015).For more information, contact:
834 S 36thth Street / Lincoln, NE 68510
402-477-6777 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.chrissayre.com