Biography

Double Ivor Novello Award-winning lyricist and enigma Chris Difford has brought us characters and sketches from every day life, turning the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over 30 years. With his partner, collaborator, friend and Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, Chris has written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time. Up The Junction, Cool For Cats and Labelled With Love and Tempted, to name but a few.

Chris has 13 Squeeze albums, 3 critically acclaimed solo albums, countless top 20 hits, 52 American tours, 50 UK tours and a variety of global tours under his belt. He is one of the country’s most respected songwriters and has co-written with a host of musicians and performers that reads like a veritable who’s who of the industry – Elton John, Trilok Gurtu, Marti Pellow, Lamont Dozier, Willie Mitchell, Bryan Ferry Jools Holland and Paul Carrack. Chris Braide and Sarah Brightman.

Difford is well known within the industry for his twice-yearly songwriting retreats, which do exactly what they say on the tin! He recently curated two fascinating Songs In The Key Of London concerts which saw a host of thirty or more performers including Suggs, Phil Daniels, Glenn Tilbrook, Elvis Costello, Jools Holland and Gary Kemp gather together at the Barbican and this year in Greenwich Park to perform songs by Londoners about London. He also hosted a serious of school visit inner-city writers workshop across 4 weeks as part of an Arts Council initiative. 2014 will see more of the same, this time in Regents Park. His songwriting retreats have melded together people such as Cathy Dennis, Suggs, Chris Sheehan, Kirsty McColl, Matt Deighton, Gary Clark, and hundreds of other wonderful and creative writers. This passion still burns and recently he joined hands with The Buddy Holly Foundation to run a very successful week in Glastonbury. Recently he added a number of weekend workshops in partnership with The Guardian Newspaper, all of them sold out.

He also works with the amazing band from Cavan in Ireland called The Strypes. With Rocket Management he mentors the band along the tricky causeway of album one and two with Universal Records.

Chris is writing new material with Glenn Tilbrook for a very exciting ITV project. ‘Cradle To The Grave’ is a 6 parter written by Danny Baker and Geoff Pope, the story of Danny growing up with his Dad called Spud. It will air on BBC3 sometime in the Autumn. Squeeze will then tour the album in October around the UK. He is also working on a book about his life, it should be on your book shelf in 2015.  There are also new songs to record with Boo Hewerdine, intended for a pantomime show in 2016 ‘Uncle Alan’ is a satirical look at mid life love and chaos, including prog rock and cross dressing behaviour.

Chris and Glenn have been on tour as the ‘At Odds Couple’ a wonderful acoustic show which reflects their 41 year cannon of songwriting. A tour of the USA is planned for November and December 2015. With some festival shows in the summer back in the UK. Its a busy time. Thanks for asking!