Archive for September, 2011

Playing at The Farncombe Cavern, Godalming, Surrey 16 December 2011

September 30th, 2011



Upcoming Live Music Event: Pete Christie @ The Farncombe Cavern, Godalming, Surrey



Check out the Farncombe Cavern / Pete Christie Facebook Event Page

The Farncombe Cavern
The Freeholders
St. John’s Street
Surrey GU7 3EJ
Tel: (01483) 416741

The Farncombe Cavern is an intimate and comfortable venue, with a capacity of about 75 with a mix of seating and standing.

Their focus is covering a broad range of genres including blues, country, folk, roots, and jazz.

Pete Christie Tickets can be purchased online or at The Freeholders Public House in advance at £8.00 each, or £10.00 at the door.

Let us know on the Facebook Event for Pete Christie @ The Farncombe Cavern if you are joining us for this fun evening of great music.



Pete Christie is a singer-songwriter/acoustic guitarist who plays from the heart and sings

from the soul – a must see for anyone who loves acoustic music. “Intense, passionate vocals and a clear grasp of how to write a great song – mesmerising….” Pete Christie has been compared to many acclaimed musicians from Martin Simpson to Paul Weller,

and was recently described as being “a cross between Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler and

Richard Thompson, but with a great voice; though without the fame !!!” Pete Christie has developed his own original powerful style of acoustic fingerstyle

guitar technique. His songs are original and contemporised anglicana roots, with a mix of rock,

folk and country. His individualistic fingerstyle guitar technique can coax anything from

achingly beautiful simple, sparse, and haunting accompaniment, to an explosive,

almost neo-flamenco rhythm. It’s as if Pete “duets” with the guitar rather than just

casually strumming it, and he has perfected the art of making it sound like there

has to be more than one musician on stage. Over his 40 years as a performing musician, Pete has been a guest with a diverse array

of guitarists and musicians such as Nick Harper, Jeff Lang, Glenn Tillbrook, Ezio,

Ruby Turner, Hugh Cornwell, Bob Brozman, Martin Harley, Matt Andersen, Ben Montague,

Jackie Leven, Kieran Halpin, Steve Tilston, Rory Ellis, Dave Pegg, and frequently

with Derrin Nauendorf. Pete is based on the Isle of Purbeck in southern UK and is touring with his latest

studio album ‘Frank’, which shows off his gift for tethering his romantic ruminations

to memorable melodies and instrumental harmonies. The album has been called “refreshing”,

“honest”, “wonderful”, “natural”, “versatile”, “…heartfelt songs that recall

McTell’s glory days…”, and “delivered by a master craftsman”. “Frank is not

background music. It’s a wonderfully written book brought to life by sounds”.

“Waiting in the Wings” is Pete’s most famous song; and according to Minor 7th in the USA,

“it is reminiscent of the off-the-wall stuff of Brian Wilson and Sir Paul as produced

by Sir George Martin.” Pete Christie is passionate about his handmade guitars and the quality of sound he

is producing and proud to be a “Featured Artist” for Avalon Guitars.

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please check out ‘Pete Christie Google Reviews’



Gomstock 2011 Charity Music Festival at The Compasses Inn Gomshall Surrey

September 21st, 2011

Gomstock 2011 Charity Music Festival held at The Compasses Inn in Gomshall, between Dorking and Guildford, Surrey is a lovely music festival to play at. The audience is used to good quality music every Friday, where Fiona, the landlady not only pays a musician fee but she also passes around a helmet to collect a donation from the enthusiastic audience as a contribution to the artist.



The weather stayed sunny all through my set and I enjoyed bending those strings. ‘Waiting in the Wings’ went over well with the audience.

In recent years The Compasses has been responsible for organising a mini music festival now known as ‘Gomstock’. The festival is set within the delightful surroundings of The Compasses garden with green lawns rolling down to the gently flowing Tilling Bourne brook., where they hold a fun duck race.

 The event features musicians and other entertainment activities for all age groups hence ‘Gomstock’ has now become a favourite family event which attracts both locals and visitors from much further afield. The proceeds of this charity music event are distributed to charities nominated by Fiona, the Landlady. All musicians invited to perform kindly give their services completely free of charge. The event takes place during the last August Bank Holiday weekend; this year on Sunday 28th .

Check out more Gomstock photos on Facebook

Pete Christie, Purbeck Folk Musician at The Black Swan Inn, Swanage Folk Festival ‘Fringe’

September 12th, 2011

Playing at The Black Swan Inn in Swanage is always a fun event.

The crowd ebbed and flowed throughout the evening but 3 men from Gloucestershire stayed glued to my acoustic roots and folk set and offered a wonderful praise comparing my original anglicana songs, fingerstyle guitar and loopstation technique by saying ‘I was in a league of my own’, as they had originally planned to see award winning Martin Simpson, who has been nominated 23 times in eleven years of BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards, again. Thanks guys! High praise indeed.

Maybe it is time I played in Gloucestershire again!

You could hear a pin drop when I sang ‘Waiting in the Wings‘ I love how this song touches so many people. It has become one of my classics; ‘Waiting in the Wings’ has on occasion changed the course of people’s lives after taking on the sentiment of the lyrics ‘that life is not a rehearsal and to make the most of it by doing what you want to do, now’.

Swanage Folk Festival, Swanage, Dorset

“A weekend of concerts, dance, sessions, workshops, a ceilidh, a craft fair, children’s entertainments, trade stalls, around 50 traditional dance sides in a grand parade Saturday afternoon through the town and ending on the sea front.” 9th – 11th September 2011

Local pubs hosted a number of informal sessions, with music for all to join in with. According to The Daily Echo, Swanage expected to attract thousands of revellers to the seaside town for the Swanage Folk Festival annual folk festival.

Shot taken at Dancing Ledge, a cliff-top beauty spot on the Isle of Purbeck.

See the Pete Christie Music map to local music events.