Chris Wood's "Trespasser" is loosely concerned with the idea of enclosure and imprisonment -- from the enclosures of common land in the agricultural revolution which drove the rural workforce into urban wage-slavery, to the creeping loss of liberty which afflicts English society today.
"Mad John" tells the story of rural poet John Clare, driven insane by the loss of the land in which he loved to wander; "Summerfield Avenue" quietly mourns the generation swindled by the post-war "you never-had-it-so-good" suburban confidence trick. Sometimes it's impossible to tell traditional songs ("The Lady of York", "John Ball") from Wood's own compositions ("England in Ribbons", "The Cottager's Reply") without consulting the sleeve notes, so rooted is his gift in the fabric of English history and tradition.
A bearded bear of a man, Chris Wood doesn't have the youth or good looks of a Seth Lakeman or a Kate Rusby. However, his gift for songwriting and communication through music is so strong that almost any listener will be moved by something on this album. Even if you think you don't like folk music, give it a try.