Archive for November, 2011

Video – Pete Christie by Conversion Live!

November 20th, 2011

 

Pete Christie from Conversion Live! on Vimeo.

A newcomer to the show, the power of one man and an acoustic guitar is undeniable. Playing finger-style guitar technique varying from near-silence to a multi-layered wall of sound.

Episode #7
CLive Garden Party 2011. On the lawns of Conversion Studios in Dorset, we hosted an intimate party celebrating the half-birthday of the Conversion Live webshow. This episode highlights 7 of the great acts that performed: The Paper Shades, Saturday Sun, Imber, Pete Christie, Fujalada, Jack Grace and Stop Go Sixty.

conversionlive a pioneering online monthly music show. Featuring intimate stripped down performances and exclusive interviews from both emerging and established artists

Fatea review – Master of Anglicana – Pete Christie album ‘Frank’

November 13th, 2011

 

 

Review

Pete Christie
Album: Frank
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 9
Website: http://www.petechristie.co.uk

When I was off on a trip recently I got talking about singer/songwriters and one name that came up was Dorset singer/songwriter, Pete Christie. Not long afterwards a contact through Facebook came up with the same name. It had been a while since I’d seen Pete perform live and it just seemed right to get out “Frank”, his most recent album and spend some time in his company.

Then came the big surprise, I didn’t actually have a copy of “Frank” which means that my knowledge of the works of Pete Christie come through his live performances and the occasional radio show that I’ve caught him on are what’s implanted his songs in my head, not a bad feat when you hear as much as I do.

So I felt it time to remedy that situation, so Pete, here’s a belated review of “Frank” I hope it’s served you well.

 

Pretty much every time I’ve seen Pete perform it’s just been him and a guitar, occasionally with a bass player in tow, so I wasn’t really expecting a band album. Having got over that shock it was time to give the album a really good listen.

The first thing you notice is the songs, without an iota of doubt it’s the poetry and music that highlight Pete as an outstanding writer. It’s the ability to hold your attention when singing about the everyday that separate the good from the great. It’s turning those observations into words and melodies that capture the imagination where genius lies.

 

Joining Pete on the album are a host of Dorset performers, including Frankie Milner, Aimee Newsome-Stone and Monique Houraghan, who have performed Pete’s songs over the years. Hearing the songs like this shows just how well they’ve been written, how they can sound so different and still impact you the same.

 

As Eric Morcombe famously said about notes, ‘I’m getting all the right notes, not necessarily in the right order.’ It’s the same with words, it’s not just what Pete says in his songs, it’s how he says it and more importantly what he doesn’t say.

 

“Frank” can mean straight forward and honest, not holding back. That sums up the album oh yes and the poetry and the melody. This is an album of songs that matter. Pete Christie is a master of Anglicana.

 

FRANK album cover

Neil King

Purbeck Folk Musician – a modern storyteller – he doesn’t play music, he creates it

November 6th, 2011

  – an audience review

Review by Katherine Knotts 29/09/2011

The Ship Inn, Langton Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset UK

Packaging Pete Christie is no easy task (in spite of the fact that modern notions of marketing and promotion seem to demand it), so when asked, how would I respond to the question “what does Pete Christie do?”

 

In the first instance, let’s leave to one side the temptation of making comparisons. They’re rarely precise, and less often useful. Moreover, it’s hard to imagine that the object of comparison ever wanted a box named after them.

So – here it is. On two occasions I have seen Pete play live. On each I was struck with two thoughts, and one question.

Thought One:
Pete is, above all things, a craftsman. His hammer and nails are notes and silences alike – building each melody in a unique percussive style. He doesn’t play music, he creates it. This isn’t nuance here folks – it’s a critical distinction. It’s also his joy. Never have I witnessed someone delight in the very art of making music quite as much as he so clearly does.

However, in a crowded market-place, technical brilliance is rarely enough. And so to:

Thought Two:
What clinches the deal is not his skill, but his soul. Pete – whether he realises it or not – is a modern storyteller. So deftly he assumes this mantle, the long memory that has been handed down from the folk greats of generations past. His music ripples with social, political, personal consciousness, and sensibility. He tells stories that need to be told – or perhaps more importantly – stories that need to be heard.

And so to the question – “what does the future hold?” Is what we’re hearing a dying art, or a fresh new take on the collective memory, cultural intelligence, and simple joy of this thing we call “Music”?

For my part, I do hope it’s the latter.

Testing out the new SoundCloud HTML5 beta widget

November 6th, 2011