Archive for May, 2010

Maverick Magazine – 4 star review of Pete Christie’s album ‘Live at Mr Kyps’ by Russell Hill

May 26th, 2010

Maverick Magazine
The voice of country, folk, bluegrass and roots music
Issue 95 June 2010

Pete Christie

Self Released

Solo and outrageously done, this live album demonstrates what an unsung talent Pete Christie is.
Bournemouth based singer-songwriter Pete Christie first started performing in 1979 with his 3-piece ska-rock band the Skavengers.
This nine track album which rightly shows his ability to pick an awesome tune is delightful from start to finish.

Performed with just an acoustic guitar at the Poole venue, he gives a master class into how to use his chosen instrument stupendously, as all but two of these tracks are written by Pete himself.
‘Not Enough’ is one of Pete’s own compositions, and has a sparse sound that features some excellent picking throughout. With some hypnotic singing and frenetic strumming at the end, this song is simply astonishing.

One of the tracks which isn’t written by Pete is Bob Dylan’s ‘Not Dark Yet’. It takes a daring soul to try and upstage any version which Dylan releases, and here Pete gives it his all in a song which by no means harms Pete’s credentials as one of the UK’s finest acts, but strengthens his cause to be regarded as an awesome artist in his own right.

If you haven’t seen Pete live, please rectify this by going to one of his upcoming performances. His music is good for the soul, and when you see him perform live you’ll leave his gig with a wide smile on your face for days due to the superb musical quality you have just witnessed.


Russell Hill

Live at Mr Kyps - CD

soundcheck Halfmoon, Putney

May 26th, 2010

Special Guest for Chris Scruggs Band @ Grub Cafe & Music Bar

May 21st, 2010

album ‘Frank’ review by Tony Foster at bh one

May 17th, 2010

Review by Tony Foster

Honest, down to earth, no airs, no graces. Frank. From my limited knowledge of the man himself, Pete Christie’s music is a true reflection of his personality, which should be said of any artist who’s worth their salt. This seems particularly relevant to Pete and Frank though, as we quite simply have a man and his thoughts, a man who has clearly lived, loved and lost. Pete Christie is a storyteller, his songs aren’t coded or muddied with riddles, it’s honest, down to earth. Frank. That said, whilst there’s no denying the candour, I’ve seen real angst pouring from rain-soaked stages which isn’t to be found here – from man who tells it how it is, even if it’s crap.

Having watched Pete Christie live on a number of occasions the man clearly has more to his musical bow that is apparent on this wonderful album. I’ve seen him work his instrument far more than the perfectly played, yet relatively confined way evident here, showing a fantastic ability to build up songs through a succession of guitar loops. This may suggest Pete has left something in his locker, but then again I’ve never seen Pete play with a band before (he’s just showing off by bringing in the Band of the Royal British Legion from Christchurch) and there’s far more than just a man and his perfectly-picked guitar here. So if he has left something behind he’s also brought in something new… to me, anyway.

One of the most enjoyable features of Frank is indeed the musical and vocal accompaniment which adds depth and warmth, whilst never competing with the lyrics. ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’ particularly stands out as something previously unheard. An up-tempo pop song with a groovy bass line that reminds me of a 1970s children’s TV programme, the name of which has been escaping me for the last month. ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ and ‘Waiting In The Wings’ have been staples of Pete’s live set over the year’s I’ve been watching him, the latter of which hugely benefiting from the brass arrangement and angelic harmonies which add to the song’s earnest appeal.

There is nothing here which hints at mediocrity. Perhaps lyrically some songs dig deeper into the human psyche than others, and no doubt there’s some hard bastards out there who would call some of this “slushy”. Well, if music that affects the emotions, tugs at the heart and dives into the soul is slushy, then I’ll happily be called a softy. Frank is not background music. It’s a wonderfully written book brought to life by sounds.

…and audience comments

Charity Festivals

May 16th, 2010

Charity Festivals

Festival Season is back!!
Pete Christie @ :

Hampshire Green Fair Music Festival
The Sustainability Centre
East Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire, UK

Hampshire Green Fair


Christchurch Festival, Dorset

Festival Proceeds are donated to the Christchurch Mayor’s Charities


NRG Fest
Help for Heroes
Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales, UK

NRG Fest in Wales


Music and Merriment Festival
A Charity Event for the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust
Spetisbury Rings, Spetisbury, Dorset, UK
Music and Merriment


Lowden O10 my first real acoustic guitar | 15 years old and still going strong

May 16th, 2010

Festival Season

May 15th, 2010

Bemis album launch

May 14th, 2010

Richard Leo of Bemis and Pete Christie

Bemis album launch at the Wedgewood Rooms

Great shot by David Coombs

big in Japan

May 14th, 2010

Pete Christie's Japanese online music profile

Pete Christie’s ‘Top Music’  Japanese online music profile

Music & Merriment Festival

May 10th, 2010