Archive for May, 2013

In good company on the Luthier David Oddy website

May 27th, 2013

David Oddy is a Luthier master craftsman

 

I am very proud that I get to play a handmade sunburst Indian Rosewood Dreadnought David Oddy acoustic guitar everyday.

 

She is a thing of beauty; visually, ideally suited to my fingerstyle guitar technique and sounds sweet as a nut!

 

David Oddy and his son Nicholas have a new website and have kindly added me to their ‘Links to Our Friends’ page; I’m in good company with Show of Hands, Martyn Joseph, Flynn Cohen, John Williams, Mark Pidgeon, Ian Walker and Jamie Leigh Malin. Both Steve Knightley and Phil Beer in Show Of Hands are well known for their choice in David Oddy guitars, madolins, mandocello, a cuatro, parlour and other instrument requirements.

 
 

Pete Christie appears on the David Oddy website with fellow acoustic musicians

 
 

It was a great day back in 2004 when I headed down to Newton Abbot, Exeter, Devon, to meet David Oddy in his simple wooden workshop at the bottom of his garden. I have been writing some of my best songs on the David Oddy sunburst Dreadnought (S/No 0704374) ever since. It is such a beautiful guitar to play. In my opinion, when it  comes to the choice of custom versus mass-produced acoustic guitars, I go for custom every time.

 
 

Pete Christie close up on the David Oddy arrowhead headstock and inlaid with abalone signature

 
 

David Oddy arrowhead headstock and inlaid with abalone signature.

 

David Oddy has had a life-long passion for making acoustic instruments and is one of the best UK guitar-building talents.

 

Most of the acoustic guitars built by David Oddy are based on classic Martin shape and styles but David Oddy is well known for his own customisation of designs and features such as necks made from five-layer laminates of different woods, for greater neck strength and to enhance the aesthetics of the instrument. David Oddy mostly makes mandolins and guitars but has also turned his talent to making South American cuatros, violins, obscure 12-stringed Portuguese instruments and resonator guitars.

 

 

by Pete Christie

Westcountry Songwriters Circle - harmonies, melodies and a capella

May 6th, 2013

Three-part vocal harmony from Westcountry Songwriters Circle

 

In the folk-acoustic singer-songwriter tradition, Westcountry Songwriters Circle entertained the audience with songs and acoustic guitar music from a variety of styles incorporating political, social, philosophical, and literary influences.
 
The signature song for Westcountry Songwriters Circle is ‘Westcountry Love Song’,  with words and music by Jinder and accompaniment from Pete Christie and Nicky Swann

 
 

 
 

The first live music event from Westcountry Songwriters Circle: Pete Christie, Jinder and Nicky Swann was at The Finedon Sessions’  quarterly acoustic roots concerts at the Finedon Community Centre, a superb characteristic listening room-style venue, situated in the town of Finedon, Northamptonshire.
 
Westcountry Songwriters Circle re traveling performers performing in public venues, art centres and theatres throughout the UK; one such upcoming event is at Joules Yard and Eating House

 

WEST COUNTRY SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE
 
Saturday 21 September 2013    |    20:00 – 23:00 

 
“…Featuring three of the UK’s top singer-songwriters – Jinder, Nicky Swann & Pete Christie…”
 
www.jinder.co.uk / www.nickyswann.com / www.petechristie.co.uk
 
Saturday night music events at Joules Yard features a mix of the very best local folk, blues, roots, plus some of the finest acoustic acts from across the UK. Joules Yard is also well known for their special menu of inexpensive quality meals.

 
by Pete Christie