Beer and Music Festival in Dorset
I got to play 2 acoustic fingerstyle guitar performances and the crowds, a great PA by Paul Graham from Chill The Party Band and the weather made it a really enjoyable experience!
The Bankes Arms Beer Festival 2014 is now in its 19th year, it is in association with the Isle of Purbeck Brewery and has become a definite date in every beer-lover’s diary! The pub overlooks the stunning Purbeck coast, the Festival offers over 200 varieties of Real Ale and Cider and is considered one of the best beer festivals in Dorset and the UK.
by Pete Christie
Southsea Show 2014
The show runs 1st, 2nd and 3rd of August 2014 Real Ales and live music.
I’ll be performing an acoustic singer songwriter set in the afternoon on Sunday in the The Village Pub, which is curated by BEMIS. Showcasing local musicians, from Jazz to Blues and from Pop to Folk, catering for everyone’s taste.
All the info on what’s happening in all of the 14 villages is here in the Southsea Weekend Guide
Good lineup. Southsea Common, Hampshire
The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan video
As requested, me performing ‘Ballad Of Lucy Jordan’ In honour of Marianne Faithfull…Thanks for the inspiration!
Filmed at Dam Fine Affair, Damerham, Hampshire, UK
Mischa & His Merry Men
Noahs House Band
Eyes For Gertrude
Stone Donkey Pilots
Grizzly & The Grasshoppers
Salisbury Arts Centre live music
Good to meet a new listening audience, and in such a stunning venue.
A wonderful gig at Salisbury Arts Centre; massive thanks to Michael Douglas William Scott for the great sound engineering.
Performing on Friday 20 June for an enthusiastic audience.
The pub landlords run a very organised live music venue with lots of planning and promoting the musicians, which makes a great difference; a music pub, rather than a pub that puts on music!
Good to perform again in Swanage
Sunday afternoon gigs are always fun; people are relaxed and listen to the music, which all singer-songwriters like! it is a very good excuse to spend your Sunday afternoon is a cosy Isle of Purbeck pub with friends, it makes it more like a mini concert than a pub gig.
The music set will be fairly varied, with some blues, folk and roots, some rock classics and plenty of original material in a fingerstyle guitar technique.
The Red Lion is a traditional pub located in the heart of the Victorian town of Swanage, has a CAMRA award for their wide selection of Real Ales, serve an extensive range of food from snacks through to exciting special dishes in their newly refurbished restaurant and has a large beer garden.
Hope to see you there!
Swanage In February by Pete Christie
Filmed near my home town, at Swanage beach and Swanage pier, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, UK
Produced by Ian Piper
Dorset is a great place to live for a songwriter!
by Pete Christie
Swanage Blues Festival – expect the unexpected
My take on the blues is set to delight rock and blues fans with sad and mournful to infectious and stomping classics from the great blues musicians and some unexpected moodier roots, folk-esque ballads and dynamic blues riffs.
No two performances are the same, so be prepared to expect the unexpected!
The venue I’m performing in at Swanage Blues Festival is Tawny’s Wine Bar, at 52 High Street, on 8 March 2014. There will be two sittings, 6.00pm and 8.15pm. Conrad Barr, of Solid Air fame, called me a ‘Swanage troubadour‘; I certainly will be at Swanage Blues Festival!
This festival features several different gigs with acclaimed national and international blues musicians playing at a variety of venues around the picturesque seaside town of Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, on the South West coast of England.
The Swanage Blues Festival first started back in 2001 and is now firmly established as one of Dorset’s great musical events. This year the Blues Festival will be on 7, 8, 9 March 2014; starting on Friday lunchtime and going on till late Sunday evening.
There will be 15 indoor venues, 30 top acts and 60 great gigs – and all for a £10.
You can watch a Video from 2013′s Swanage Blues Festival with an interview with Steve Darrington the originator of the festival, Chief organiser and Boogie woogie man.
All sorts of styles are represented such as acoustic, electric, rural and urban blues. There are open mic sessions every afternoon and usually a Blues Steam Train ride plus dancers, street musicians, jam sessions (Saturday and Sunday), buskers, Gospel Service, and workshops.
Organisers have had to discontinue the bucket collections due to problems with red tape, health & safety and insurance issues… so they are selling weekend wristbands instead as a pledge and a symbol of the attendees commitment these are priced at £10 for a weekend wristband. Regular fans say they love the friendly atmosphere and the wide range of electric and acoustic music available in the pubs, restaurants and hotel bars.
by Pete Christie
Written on a guitar, played on a guitar but recorded with a piano.
‘Making It Up’
Words and music by Pete Christie.
Performed by Pete Christie and Karen Smith.
It’s what singer songwriters do: recognise real life and tell the story, and as Steve Seskin is quoted as saying, “Part of what you write in lyrics is what you don’t write.”
“There’s a saying in Nashville, ‘Paint it; don’t say it.’” — Danny Myrick
I always liked this quote I got on BBC Introducing on Radio South Live, from the Demo Panel with Phil Jackson, way back in 2010, where they do live showcases of unsigned musicians:
“The one thing I look for in a good songwriter is where a performer paints good pictures and this man does that. If you close your eyes when you listen to his lyrics, you can see those pictures – They’re there. They’re real and that’s the essence of good storytelling with a song. There’s a lot more going on behind the voice than you immediately gather. His south of the river, not Americanised, voice works very well. ” – Chris Taylor, The Greys, Brighton
by Pete Christie
Friday 17th January - Reef Encounter - Sea Road Bournemouth
Sunday 19th January - Grove Southbourne
Wednesday 22nd January - The Dolphin Blandford Forum
Wednesday 29th January - Le Bateau Poole
Friday 31st January - James and White Christchurch
It’s a year since the end of the world in 2012, and I’d like to thank everyone who came out to all my shows, braving frost, snow, hail, rain, sunshine and the very real possibility of Armageddon, making the “End of the World Tour” so much fun.
2014 is looking busy already, and so I look forward to the very real pleasure of your company when I climb back in the cockpit of Sherman, the trusty Peugeot 406 and turn the planet beneath the tyres in your general direction…Enjoy the Festive Season, and accept a bit of a “Man Hug” from me.
Keeping the music real – as always
By Pete Christie