Archive for June, 2010

Upcoming Festival – NRGFEST in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales

June 23rd, 2010

Pete Christie profile page on NRGFEST ‘Help for Heroes’ website.

The festival, which is being called, the ‘Biggest little Charity Festival in the UK’
… is being held Llanwrtyd Wells
… the ‘smallest town in Great Britain’
… in the heart of Wales
… on the border of the Brecon Beacons

*** on Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th August 2010 ***

*** A weekend ticket is amazingly only £45! ***

NRGFEST will feature 36 hours of new music from some of
the freshest artists in the UK : Rock, Acoustic, Folk, Punk etc.
and provides a platform for top unsigned musicians from Wales and across the UK

All the artists are well promoted by UKMusicreview and Unsigned Chart

UKMusicreview by Elliot Ramsey – Acoustic / Alternative / Folk Rock

June 21st, 2010


of Pete Christie’s album ‘Frank’

Rating (1-10): 8.0

Pete Christie Review by Elliot Ramsey

Defined by The Troubadour as a ‘powerfully melodic and intelligent, lyrically diverse and thought-provoking singer-songwriter’, great things were to be expected from my first listen of Pete Christie. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. Residing in the Isle of Purbeck near Bournemouth, Christie is a true ambassador of the genres of Folk and Traditional music, writing honest and sincere lyrics which are lost with many of today’s modern singer songwriters.

Ranging from the stripped back beauty of ‘Just a Song’ to the full electric sound of ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’, Christie provides his listeners with a remarkable array of talent across a spectrum of 9 well crafted compositions. Every song features Christie’s signature simplistic guitar playing which lays the foundations for his plain spoken yet powerful lyrics, accompanied by the Band of the Royal British Legion Christchurch and his own backing band.

Inspired by his late mother who suffered from dementia, Christie speaks on his MySpace page of how she addressed him as ‘Frank’ which gave him the inspiration to produce the album. This is, indeed, evident throughout the entirety of the record; the emotion, integrity and sentiment found in each lyric presents his fondness and love for his mother. Certainly, his unique and mature writing style, met with lyrics which hold such depth, present a modern and somewhat ‘cool’ depiction of folk and traditional music; Christie truly is the epitome of what modern folk artists could only aspire to be.

His sincere arrangement of the Bob Dylan classic ‘Not Dark Yet’ clearly shows his sheer versatility as an artist; his individual interpretation illustrates a whole separate musical dimension to him and demonstrates his capabilities as an exceptional guitar player. Despite the open nature of ‘Frank’, the album proves slightly repetitive due to a lack of variety among songs; his pure simplicity, which often works in his favour, creates at times a rather tedious listen and each song is somewhat reminiscent of the last.

Criticisms aside, there is no doubt that Pete Christie has crafted a sheer masterpiece and his latest album proves to be a frank portrayal of an influential era in his life.

Pete Christie Live in Session with Phil Jackson, BBC Introducing the South

June 21st, 2010

on iPlayer

Normal Shade of Blue



Easy Come, Easy Go

Thanks to Phil Jackson: the South Coast’s answer to John Peel, Dan on sound and Tash on production, for a great show!

BBC Introducing: The South – live session with Phil Jackson

June 14th, 2010

BBC Introducing: The South with Phil Jackson.
The best in unsigned music with live lounge gigs

BBC Radio South Live's Phil Jackson

BBC Radio South Live's Phil Jackson

Specialist music show, BBC Introducing: The South, is broadcast across the south and online via BBC iPlayer.


Date: Sunday, 20 June 2010

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Location: BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey & BBC Radio Solent

Listen in Brighton on 95.3 FM
Listen in Sussex & Surrey 104-104.8 FM
Listen in Solent & Hampshire on 96.1 FM
Listen in Dorset on 103.8 FM

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you can text the show on 07786 20 70 70
or you can e-mail

‘Frank’ Track List and Credits

June 8th, 2010

Album ‘Frank’ 2009


Track List

1)   Open Your Heart

2)   Normal Shade Of Blue

3)   Not Dark Yet*

4)   Shattered

5)   Waiting in the Wings

6)   Easy Come, Easy Go

7)   Monday Morning

8)   Making Waves

9)   Just A Song


All songs by Pete Christie except *Not Dark Yet – Bob Dylan


Recorded at Active Music Studios, Poole 2009


Pete Christie                              Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards on “Monday Morning”

Pete Wallbridge                        Bass Guitar, Drums on “Monday Morning”

Ted Wallbridge                         Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals


Frankie Milner Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Aimee Newsome-Stone Backing Vocals

Monique Houraghan Backing Vocals

The Band of the Royal British Legion, Christchurch on Waiting in the Wings


Produced by               Pete Christie and Martin Condon

Engineered by            Martin Condon

Photography               Bob Whetton Photographer

Design                            Bob Hall Graphic Artist

Pete Christie album artwork

Robert Whetton Photographer image of Pete Christie album ‘Frank’

from the Robert Whetton Photographer blog


Pete Christie’s guitars:

Gurian C Series

Lowden O10

David Oddy

Avalon A100

Yamaha SG1000

Yamaha APX10 Classical



Author: Pete Christie

HiFi cables – important to musicians – Atlas Cables

June 3rd, 2010

All cables used by Pete Christie, from guitar to pedal board, between the pedals, from the pedal board to the d/i box, and from the d/i box to the mixing desk are made using Atlas Quadstar, an Atlas Cables product.

More details on the Pete Christie Guitar Techniques page.