Winmalee resident Chris Venn has experienced a colourful career in the entertainment industry. Emigrating from the UK in the 70s, he worked as a lighting technician at the Sydney Opera House in its heyday, when it featured performances from the likes of the Bee Gees, AC/DC, Kamahl, Marcia Hines and Little River Band.
He soon emerged as a performer in his own right, singing and playing 12-string guitar in wine bars and clubs, later forming the electro-pop duo Delaney/Venn. They recorded an album and two singles. The song Prisoner featured Marcia Hines as co-vocalist and received wide radio airplay including ABC Countdown appearances. He later formed a duo with former Aztecs bass player, Paul Wheeler, playing a wide variety of Sydney venues.
In the 90s Chris resumed his career at the Opera House, working as lighting supervisor and lighting designer, He focused on songwriting and music production in his home studio.
Now Chris is performing solo again. His experience with high production values and talent for lead guitar has distilled into his solo performance, which blends his vocal with guitar and personally recorded multi-timbral sound elements. The resulting sound delivers emotional depth and exciting musical arrangements. He finds this approach works well and audiences respond enthusiastically to his style. He performs both original and cover songs in his show.
Chris will be performing at the Springwood Sports Club on July 20 from 7-10pm.