Hailing originally from Dundee, Chris Wright is a folklorist and ethnologist based in Edinburgh. His lifelong interest in Scottish culture and folklore saw him pursue a Masters degree in Ethnology and Folklore at the Elphinstone Institute at Aberdeen University, and he is currently planning to follow this with a PhD looking at the contemporary community-building aspects of vernacular singing practices in Scotland.
As a longstanding member of the Kist o Riches sound archive team, Chris works for the project as a Scots-language catlaloguer with a speciality in Scots song and balladry. In 2012, he also founded The World’s Room traditional singing club – an open and welcoming place for people to share songs from all kinds of everyday tradition. When time allows, Chris occasionally performs as a traditional singer himself, and sometimes as an accompanist and session musician.
In addition to contributing essays and articles to the academic and popular presses on a range of ethnological themes, Chris continues to work as a freelancer on a range of projects, which currently includes the role of Project Co-ordinator for TRACS’ People’s Parish project – a place-based community venture being piloted in Aberdeenshire.