Chris Difford

Grammy nominated lyricist and Double Ivor Novello Award-winning enigma Chris Difford has brought us characters and sketches from every day life, and has successfully turned 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 such as 'Up The Junction', 'Cool For Cats' and 'Labelled With Love', and many others. 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 to name but a few. One of his most recent co-writes appears on the best selling Ollie Murs album, demonstrating Difford’s classic yet contemporary touch.

Well known within the industry for his biannual songwriting retreats, Chris 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 in Greenwich Park to perform songs by Londoners about London.

Chris has also found time to tour and mentor The Strypes on the road and in the studio for Rocket Management. Chris will continue to work with The Strypes into their second album in 2014.

Looking ahead to 2014 he is writing again with Glenn Tilbrook for a new ITV/BBC series called 'Cradle To The Grave' which is based on the life of Danny Baker and is co-written by Danny Baker and Jeff Pope.  Glenn and Chris are also looking at touring together for the first time in 20 years as a due with the ‘Odd Couple' show.