"THE REAL CHRIS RAINBOW" ( that is the one born on the Isle of Ely in 1968 ) is still alive and rocking in the South West of England and beyond. We hope you enjoy this new website dedicated to Chris & his music. 



UK Singer/Guitarist Chris Rainbow  began his musical career aged 14 and went on to sing and play in various groups as well as performing as a cabaret Artist and Country Music Singer. In 1986 he recorded his first Album entitled " Let Me Be There", forming the Chris Rainbow Band in 1987 who went on to become a popular attraction on the Club Scene. At the end of the decade Chris relocated to California
where he continued performing and recording. Since his return to  England in the early 90's Chris has been  an active live performer and recorded some great CD's. Chris has also written and recorded a number of his own songs one of which "Clever Man" received extensive radio play in a number of countries particularly Australia & Europe. Away from music Chris has worked on a Circus and made numerous Film & TV appearances.


Sad to note the passing of Christopher James Harley who used the name Chris Rainbow and had a minor chart placing in the 1970s. There has been regarding his death a lot of internet activity resulting in some confusion.
For anybody who is concerned I am very glad to report that I am still very much alive, performing and in good health.
Unlike James Harley I was actually born Chris Rainbow, hence I often use the term The "Real Chris Rainbow" to avoid any misunderstandings.
I hope this clarifies the situation.
See you soon
Chris The "Real Rainbow"




16 great new tracks featuring Wild Bunch members and
 former Uriah Heep Bass player Paul Newton.
The CD was produced by Chris Rainbow and Big Ted Turner and recorded at Arena Sound Studios Rockwell Green, England.

New CD (Chris Rainbow's Wild Bunch All Stars)  available now.
Mail order £ 5-00 plus p&p or from CD BABY



Winnerton Flats.
A spooky guitar led instrumental with a retro feel from the mysterious Rainbow/Turner Project. Alias The "Real" Chris Rainbow and "Big" Ted Turner. The video shows clips of a post war modernist Britain adding to the tension and giving atmosphere to the music.
Note..Winnerton Flats is the strange new town in the classic Hammer film Quatermass 2.

 Click on the picture to watch the DVD and listen to the music

      
                                                                                Rainbow/Turner Project
            
                                                     Chris with Harley May 2015

          





UK Singer/Guitarist Chris Rainbow  began his musical career aged 14 and went on to sing and play in various groups as well as performing as a cabaret Artist and Country Music Singer. In 1986 he recorded his first Album entitled " Let Me Be There", forming the Chris Rainbow Band in 1987 who went on to become a popular attraction on the Club Scene. At the end of the decade Chris relocated to California
where he continued performing and recording. Since his return to  England in the early 90's Chris has been  an active live performer and recorded some great CD's. Chris has also written and recorded a number of his own songs one of which "Clever Man" received extensive radio play in a number of countries particularly Australia & Europe. Away from music Chris has worked on a Circus and made numerous Film & TV appearances.

 

                           Chris and Paul Newton rock out at Ledbury RFC 17th April 2015

                                           
Chris Rainbow and Paul Newton "Better Late than Never" CD EP. Four brand new tracks, written by Chris
and featuring former Uriah Heep, Gods and Spice Bassist Paul Newton. Available now. Email for details.
click on the song titles to listen to the tracks
All's Not Lost
Satan's Claw
Mr. Tell Me
This Lonely Road

                                          CD REVIEW BY CONRAD MALPAS

Chris Rainbow has done it again.  He has written 4 songs that speak to the heart of any person.
From the opening track ‘All’s Not Lost’, through to ‘Satan’s Claw’ and ‘Mr Tell Me’, finishing with ‘This Lonely Road’.  He keeps you coming back for more and more.
The main addition to recording this EP is the skill and precision of the great musicians which includes Paul Newton, a member of Uriah Heep and Gods and Spice, who adds an extra special element, to Chris’ own great skill and talent to make these great tracks superb.  Also we also have to mention the fabulous Big Ted Turner and Charlie who added their own personal talent to enhance these tracks.
This is again a must have CD to add to any collection.  Chris’s keep up the good work.  Can’t wait for the next one.

      
                                      
On the 30th of October 2014 former Uriah Heep Bassist Paul Newton came in to the studio to record tracks from the forthcoming Wild Bunch All Stars Project. The tracks all written by Chris  "Satan's Claw" "All's Not Lost" "Mister Tell Me" and "The Lonesome Road" will all be available on CD and download in 2015 . As you can see from the photos we had a great day. Paul will also be appearing with Chris at Ledbury British Legion on 24th December.    

 
            Handsome Tony recording drums on Lazy Boy at Arena Studios November 2014

 
Scotch Johnnie Coyle recording Bass parts at Arena Sound Studios for the forthcoming Wild Bunch All Stars Album on 12th Feb 2015.


          
    
Brand new  CD due for release early October 2013
20 great tracks. Click on song titles to hear advance promos.

The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
Gentle on my Mind

Click on the picture to play the Video Promo





Six excerpts from tracks recorded by Chris Rainbows Wild bunch. Three Black Oak Arkansas covers, two original tracks and a cover of The Boyzz back to Kansas.
Click on the picture to play the video


          

Chris also writes, records and performs the occasional gig with his Southern Rock side project
 "Chris Rainbow's Wild Bunch UK". Please check out our sister site at www.wildunchuk.co.uk


21st Feb 2015 Chris played at the Ebdon Arms Wick St Lawrence for Ivan's 80th birthday.Sadly Ivan passed away in March. Ivan was a great friend and music fan who will be sadly missed.



   
 October 5th 2013 saw Chris perform at Rogate Village Hall near Midhurst playing for the Oakgate CMC. Back in the day Chris had palyed in this area of the country a lot with his band and as well as bringing back lots of memories it was nice to see many familiar faces in the crowd. Needless to say it was a great night Chris rolling back the years keeping the dance floor full all night. Opening with "Let me be there" notable pics of the night included a rocking "Tempted","One Night at a Time" and encores "Until It's Time For You to go" and "You're  My Best Friend".
   
(above) On stage at Rogate Village Hall.

              
On the 23rd of February 2013 Chris was back at the El Paso CMC
South Wales.Classics such as "Wings on My heels","On the Other hand" and "That's the way Love Goes" were lapped up by the appreciative crowd of dancers and listeners.Chris finished off the show with a rousing American Trilogy.For those who missed the show Chris has already been booked for 2014.
Thanks to Phil for the pics.




Sunday 21st October 2012 saw Chris put on a cracking show
at the Rodbourne Social Club, Swindon






Chris with Dave Stokes at W.S.M Con Club 24-01-2015. From the mid 80's to the mid 90's Dave played guitar in the Chris Rainbow Band.
This was a great period with the Band appearing at many Venues throughout the country. They were featured on the front cover of the Southern Country Magazine and won the band of the Year Award at the Lord Haldon CMC in Devon. Chris also was voted Solo Artist of the year at the Wellworthy CMC in Somerset



Chris with John Armstrong after Chris's show at the Begbrook and District Club in Bristol.John had played Bass guitar in The Chris Rainbow Band for many years. It was great to catch up with John as we had lost touch. It brought back some great memories of the shows and good times we had.

        

After meeting John Armstrong again I managed to find
 a copy of The Southern Country magazine
which featured the Chris Rainbow Band on the front cover wayback in1995.
From left to right, Me, John Armstrong, Dave Stokes, and drummer Andy Grant.


BACK IN THE DAY

Chris Rainbow Band History and related items.
         

  
Chris Rainbow Band, Sante Fe CMC, W-S-M early 90's

        
Unkown Venue early 90's

                
Write up's from local Torbay News and Southern Country Magazine.



    

                                                      The Farmers Tavern. Brean. Somerset. Early 90's.

         




Chris in Cabaret. Mid/late 80's.

               



Chris, John and Roger...Venue unknown, mid 90's.



Girls at Timsbury RBL



Chris with BSA Starfire back in the day.




       
For those of you who don't know Joe Meek was one of the pioneers of recording techniques in the late 50's and early 60's. He recorded some of the great British rock'n'roll records of the era, culminating in the Tornados great and timeless instrumental "Telstar". As you can see from the photos I stopped off at his birthplace in Newent Glos.