Powerful acoustic folk and roots & Anglicana singer-songwriter
Pete Christie is a nationally touring solo British singer-songwriter / acoustic fingerstyle 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, until now, without the fame !!!”
Pete Christie has developed his own original powerful style of acoustic fingerstyle guitar technique. His songs, and importantly, his lyrics are original English 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 strums it, and he has perfected the art of making it sound like there has got to be more than just one musician on stage.
Over his 40 years as a performing musician, Pete has been frontman in a three-piece rock band, a professional songwriter, a recording sessions singer, and has been a guest with a diverse array of guitarists and musicians such as:
Jackie Leven, Nick Harper, Jeff Lang, Glenn Tillbrook, Ezio, Ruby Turner, Hugh Cornwell, Bob Brozman, Martin Harley, Matt Andersen, Ben Montague, Kieran Halpin, Ron Trueman-Border, Steve Tilston, Rory Ellis, Dave Pegg, and frequently with Derrin Nauendorf.
Pete is based on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset 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”, “a great British singer songwriter”, “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” one of Pete’s most frequently requested songs, is, according to Minor 7th in the USA: ”….reminiscent of the off-the-wall stuff of Brian Wilson and Sir Paul as produced by Sir George Martin.”
In 2011, Pete joined forces with the UK Roots Movement alongside Wille and the Bandits, Alex Roberts, Rory Ellis, Andy Grant, The Wishbones, and Hip Route. Artists of integrity who share the true philosophy of the troubadour and offer promoters and proprietors a stable of artists of proven quality and reliability. Occasionally we even get to perform together, like at UK Roots Movement Folk On The Quay festival in 2013
In 2013, Pete Christie, Nicky Swann and Jinder came together to form Westcountry Songwriters Circle. Three accomplished and distinctive singer songwriters, on stage in a brand-new collaboration, add the audience, and the magic commences. We take the BBC4 Songwriters Circle format to a whole new level. Music performance is our passion and inspiration. We do it, to do it. We are always on tour and yes, we make a living. After years of honing our songs, practicing for hours, and reflecting upon how they work in a concert environment, our music now appeals on a variety of levels – intellectual, emotional and spiritual, with a good balance between familiarity and variety. Live music can give the audience moments beyond the price tag. We take the audience on a journey through lyrics and melodies. It is all about the audience and crowd interaction, being comfortable and spontaneous onstage and an exceptionally high quality of sound. The signature song for Westcountry Songwriters Circle is ’Westcountry Love Song’, with three-part vocal harmony, melodies and a capella performed at our first event together for Kontra Roots at Finedon Community Centre, in Northampton.
Check out the archive of Pete Christie Newsletters for details on new songs, reviews and music events that helped promote Live Music Venues in UK.
Pete Christie Light Grafitti June 2010 Newsletter
Pete Christie Acoustic Magazine Interview July 2010 Newsletter
Pete Christie Maverick Magazine Interview August 2010 Newsletter
Pete Christie BBC Introducing Session September 2010 Newsletter
Pete Christie Avalon Guitars Featured Artist October 2010 Newsletter
Pete Christie Acoustic Magazine Review November 2010 Newsletter
Pete Christie Guest for Jackie Leven December 2010 Newsletter
Pete Christie Folking Review January 2011 Newsletter
Derrin Nauendorf, Pete Christie, Alex Roberts @ M Kyps February 2011 Newsletter
Pete Christie Joined UK Roots Movement March 2011 Newsletter
Pete Christie Minor 7th USA Review April 2011 Newsletter
Pete Christie Tribute to Bob Dylan video May 2011 Newsletter
Pete Christie Touring June 2011 Newsletter
Pete Christie Festivals Summer 2011 Newsletter
Pete Christie FATEA Review November 2011 Newsletter
Pete Christie Cellars at Eastney Headline January 2012 Newsletter
Pete Christie FATEA Showcases Album Launch February 2012 Newsletter
Derrin Nauendorf Pete Christie Mr Kyps April 2012 Newsletter
Sean Taylor Pete Christie Friends of the Earth Benefit Gig May 2012 Newsletter
Pete Christie Opening Purbeck Folk Festival Summer 2012 Newsletter
Pete Christie Headline + Paul Liddell Farncombe September 2012 Newsletter
Thank you to all the enthusiastic audiences December 2012 Newsletter
Pete Christie Have Guitar Will Travel Spring 2013 Newsletter
Pete Christie Quality Of Sound June 2013 Newsletter
Pete Christie Festival Season Summer 2013 Newsletter
Bournemouth Folk Club September 2013 Newsletter
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