“Many years ago in a small village in the south of the Low Countries, a tousle-headed nine-year-old Dutch boy picked up a guitar…Christof’s journey had begun…”
Hailing from the Lowlands of Holland, singer songwriter Christof composes contemporary folk music from the heart. Inspired in early childhood by the classical singing of his mother and the guitar-pickings of his father, Christof has spent the last number of years perfecting his trade (and his collection of stories) as a travelling troubadour across Europe and further afield. He draws his inspiration from the people he meets and the places he lives – from the damp cobbled streets of Galway on Ireland’s Atlantic coast to the bustle and life of London Town.
In late 2007, Christof was lured by the bohemian bright lights and the smoky winding cobble-stoned late nights of Galway in Ireland’s wild Atlantic west . The city received him warmly and he was soon dubbed “Galway’s Adopted Son”. His journey brought him from street corners busking for locals to touring and playing with many local and international folk luminaries. In 2009 he released his debut EP ‘Springtime’ which featured legendary bass player Trevor Hutchinson (The Waterboys, Lúnasa, Eric Bibb) and drummer Dave Hingerty (Josh Ritter, The Frames, Swell Season), The Staves and Gerry Paul (Gráda).
A period of relentless touring across Europe followed, including dates in London, Manchester, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Zurich. This culminated with the release in late 2011 of the ‘Honey Tears’ EP – a melodic, whistle-stop tour of new material with collaborators Wim van den Hout (Cello and Double Bass), Paul Gerrits (Bass Tuba) and Miriam Rademakers (Piano). Honey Tears found Christof reaching new audiences in Australia and New Zealand (where he supported Tim O’Brien on his tour) also taking in festival appearances at the Port Fairy Folk Festival and Blue Mountains Folk Festival and tour dates in Germany, Ireland and the UK.
2012 saw Christof relocate to London and commence work on his third EP – ‘Love’s Glory’. This was quickly followed up with tours of the UK, EU and North America supporting The Staves, The Boxer Rebellion & Bear's Den. In November 2014, Christof released his latest single - Empty Handed'.