Christophe Capewell is a composer, recording artist, producer, session musician and actor born in Sheffield and now living in county Dublin. He gained his BA Hons degree in Music and French from Durham University in 2002, specialising in Breton folk music. He has written music for radio, film, circus and theatre and has to date worked on almost 100 albums. After the brief success of folktronica band Spool (Irish Times album of the week, Dec 06), he became one of the founding members of travelling folk collective The Rubber Wellies, described by BBC 2’s Mike Harding as “One of my favourite bands in recent years”. He currently collaborates with a number of other artists and recently worked on two productions of the box office smash A Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic as an actor and musician (4 stars in the Times). An album of self-penned compositions is due to be released in 2023.

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Photograph: Vanessa Jordan Photography

“shimmering violins and twinkling piano” – Sinéad Gleeson, Irish Times (2006 review of Spool EP, Irish Times album of the week)

“One of my favourite bands EVER!” – The Mike Harding Folk Show (The Rubber Wellies)

“A big draw on the live circuit” – fRoots Magazine (The Rubber Wellies)

“Songwriting genius… a masterclass in contemporary roots music” – Sean McGhee, R2 magazine (The Rubber Wellies)

“Try and listen to… the Rubber Wellies and be anything but happy, it’s impossible!” – BBC Radio Sheffield

“A range of revered musicians including Lankum’s Radie Peat, Cormac Begley and Christophe Capewell feature throughout, adding gorgeous harmonies and arrangements to the songs” – http://www.totallydublin.ie (review of A Long Gone Song by Lisa O’Neill)

“The quiet drone of Christophe Capewell’s harmonium as a backdrop to Lisa’s banjo grows menacingly” – https://www.folkradio.co.uk (review of A Long Gone Song by Lisa O’Neill)

“The other attribute which shines is the accompanying fiddle and piano performed by Christophe Capewell. The fiddle in particular adds great depth to all the tracks”– 2 U I Bestow (review of Falling Time by Fia Rua, 2011)

Composer, recording artist & multi-instrumentalist