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Making It Up Video Guitar song recorded with a piano

January 5th, 2014

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.

 
 

 
 

Recording by Ian Piper.
From the album ‘Miles Away’

 

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

Live Music on track for 2014

January 1st, 2014

Upcoming Gigs in January 2014:

 

start of 2014 live music tour

 
 

Wednesday 8th January – Fiveways Folk Club Bournemouth

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

 
 

Newsletter:

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

Seasons Greetings to live acoustic music lovers

December 14th, 2013

Thanks to the audience for another fun music year

 
 

Pete Christie signature created with light graffiti

 
 

The last gig of the year will be at The Minster Arms in Wimborne; A great opportunity to wish the audience ‘seasons greetings’ and ‘thanks for enjoying the music’ – in a lovely rural chic music venue with great food and jolly nice staff.

 

It will be interesting to see what sort of song requests I get. The last few gigs have had some random choices that forced me to delve into distant memories. However, one lady kindly only requested all my songs all night long. Luckily, I know those songs! ‘Waiting In The Wings’ stills seems to be favoured; even in noisier pubs you can sense a quiet moment comes over the audience. Musicians love a listening audience! Then later in the evening we can notch up the volume a bit and let rip on the guitar and loopstation. That’s always fun!

 
by Pete Christie

Handmade Stage Guitars - George Lowden Guitars

November 30th, 2013

Pete Christie’s Handmade Stage Guitars – Lowden O10

 

…she is a great guitar to play!!!

 

Check out a collection of images and videos on the Pete Christie Pinterest George Lowden Guitars board and the Guitar Techniques webpage has other handmade stage guitars!!

 
 
Pete Christie’s profile on Pinterest
 
 

by Pete Christie

Square and Compass Isle of Purbeck Thank you gig video

November 16th, 2013

Pete Christie ‘Normal Shade of Blue’ video at Square & Compass

 

Worth Matravers, Dorset, UK; just up the road from my home on the Isle of Purbeck. Great music venue; looking forward to playing there again!

 
 

 
 

Pete Christie singing his original song ‘Normal Shade of Blue

 

Filmed by M J Patterson and Bob Fry at a ‘Pete Christie thanks his audience with a special gig‘ event in September 2012.
 
MJ loves this song and can be heard singing whilst filming. I even did a transatlantic session for her last year | song lyrics ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’

 

I was invited to play 3 songs with Ron Trueman-Border, a singer songwriter I admire, playing at Square & Compass last year.

 

My marketing lady has been collecting some other YouTube videos I appear in.

 
by Pete Christie

Elements of Folk Concert in Yetminster Dorset

October 21st, 2013

Yetminster Fair Association; David Torrance and Philip Jubb organised a brilliant folk concert.

 

All performers on stage tigether for the finale

 

Lineup:

* Bonny Sartin of the Yetties did a sterling job as compere – with his hilarious song about rabbits

* Pete Christie – enjoying jamming and playing with everyone on stage, back stage and in the kitchen session

* Homesick Gypsy – Gypsy Folk, Jazz and moody blues:
Lead vocals and Rhythm guitar- Stef Mizrany (‘Cat’ song fun in the kitchen session)
Upright Bass- Lionel Lowe (Great Jammer)
Violin-Naomi Williams (her highlight was dueting with Tommy)
Guitar- Joe Ferdinand (great young player – got me into gypsy jazz)

* Tom McConville – ‘The Newcastle Fiddle Player’ and BBC Folk Musician of the Year 2009, warm voice and a splendid sense of humour full of delightful anecdotes with Andy Watt doing great things on his lovely handmade moon Guitar

 
 

We hear the audience rather liked us and we sold lots of albums to happy music lovers!!

“…It truly was an exceptional experience and the superlatives in the returned questionnaires are telling us how much you were all appreciated.

We knew it was going to be fun with all the jamming that went on before things started and the concert finale was certainly something to be remembered…”
David Torrance, YFA Treasurer

 

There are plenty of concert images on the Pete Christie Facebook page and some video footage of the concert finale with all singer songwriters and musicians onstage together doing an impromptu collaboration.

 

ELEMENTS OF FOLK

Held at St Andrew’s Hall, Yetminster, DT9 6LQ,
Saturday 12 October 2013, doors open 7pm.
Tickets £12.50

 

It has been a good year of folk music events; with Purbeck Folk Festival, Folk on the Quay with Alex Roberts and Andy Grant, Fiveways Folk Club and  Bournemouth Folk Club and various other folk concerts with Westcountry Songwriters Circle.

by Pete Christie

Performing in the BBC4 Songwriters Circle format

September 21st, 2013

A unique performance for the Joules Yard audience featuring three of the UK’s top singer-songwriters

 
A unique FREE performance for the Joules Yard audience featuring three of the UK’s top singer-songwriters

Westcountry Songwriters Circle is Pete Christie, Jinder and Nicky Swann; 3 independent British musicians from Dorset and South Devon, performing in the BBC4 Songwriters Circle format

 

All the performers on-stage together and take it in turns to perform their own songs, mostly accompanied by the others…”

 

An entertaining combination of Acoustic guitar, harmonies, melodies, singer songwriter songs, fingerstyle guitar and mandolin, with origins in folk, roots, ballads and blues.

 

“…It’s a great concept, works with beautiful informality, they are all not only wonderful musicians, but also highly entertaining raconteurs…”

 
 

 
 

Joules Yard & Eating House,
Rear of 53-55 High Street,
Market Harborough,
Leicestershire,
LE16 7AF

 

Next week Westcountry Songwriters Circle will be performing at Bournemouth Folk Club

 
by Pete Christie

Pete Christie with Jinder and Nicky Swann at Bournemouth Folk Club

August 27th, 2013

Pete Christie with Jinder and Nicky Swann at Bournemouth Folk Club as Westcountry Songwriters Circle

 

One for the diary! Sunday 29th September 7.00pm

at the new home of The Bournemouth Folk Club

The Windsor Suite, The Carrington House Hotel on Knyveton Road in Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3QQ

 
 

 ‘Making Waves’ words and music by Pete Christie

– with accompaniment from Nicky Swann and Jinder

 
 

Westcountry Songwriters Circle is Pete Christie, Nicky Swann and Jinder

 
 

In the folk-acoustic singer-songwriter tradition, Westcountry Songwriters Circle entertain the audience with songs, three-part vocal harmony,  melodies, fingerstyle guitar, mandolin and acoustic guitar music from a variety of styles incorporating political, social, philosophical, and literary influences.

 

A unique performance by three of the finest songwriters from the Southwest.

Performing in the BBC4 Songwriters Circle format

All the performers on-stage together and take it in turns to perform, mostly accompanied by the others.

 

“…It’s a great concept, works with beautiful informality. They are all not only wonderful musicians, but also highly entertaining raconteurs…”

 

“…finest songwriters from the southwest …”

 

Westcountry Songwriters Circle is Pete Christie, Nicky Swann and Jinder

 

You can watch 4 other YouTube videos from Westcountry Songwriters Circle

 

‘Westcountry Love Song‘ Jinder – Signature song for Westcountry Songwriters Circle

 

‘Diving’ – words and music by Nicky Swann

 

‘The Day That Peace Broke Out‘ – words and music by Jinder

 

‘I Wish I Could Have Known You Better’ – words and music by Jinder

 


Join us on the Westcountry Songwriters Circle Facebook

 
 

Artist profiles:

 

** Pete Christie

Pete Christie: Highly acclaimed, sensationally good singer-songwriter and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with 40 years’ experience of playing with the UK’s finest musicians. A master craftsman.

@petechristieuk

 

** Nicky Swann

Nicky Swann: winner of Spiral Awards 2013 ‘Best Original Song’. Ecstatically reviewed singer-songwriter: Powerful, original and versatile, and one of the very best of her generation.

@nickyswann

 

** Jinder

Jinder: Passionate and expressive, a tour de force singer songwriter: hypnotic, blistering, as-good-as-it-gets red dirt Americana and English roots music. Critically lauded and a great talent.

@MMJinder

 
 

Westcountry Songwriters Circle were brought together for the first performance by Kontra Roots in Northampton in February 2013.

 

by Pete Christie

Purbeck Folk Festival 2013 - Best Countryside Festival

August 24th, 2013

Playing at Purbeck Folk Festival again on Saturday night!!

22:20 – 23:00 on the Fire Stage

 

Pete Christie performing on the Fire Stage at Purbeck Folk Festival 2013

Lowden O10

Purbeck Folk Festival 2013 recently won Best Countryside Festival Award

 

“…fabulous music,
idyllic hill-farm setting,
laid back atmosphere…”

 

Purbeck Folk Festival is in its fifth year, with a great Lineup again; impressively the headliner on Sunday is BBC Folk Award winners Show of Hands.

 
 

Credit to the organisers and Festival director Paul Burke, who also runs the
Bournemouth Folk Club. Playing there next month with Westcountry Songwriters Circle on 29 September.

 

Nice touch this year as local residents (BH19 postcodes) can come and enjoy the festival for FREE on Friday 23 August.
That would be at the bottom of my garden then!

 
 

Other than the Purbeck Folk Festival, there are also a few other music events I like to perform at on The Isle of Purbeck, such as the Square and Compass, Bankes Arms Beer and Music Festival in Studland, The Ship Inn in Langton Matravers for my neighbours and The Black Swan in Swanage.

 
 

Map of music events Pete Christie performs at on The Isle of Purbeck

Map of Music Events Pete Christie performs at on the Isle of Purbeck

 
 

Purbeck Folk Festival covers the broader definition of folk music and you can hear the music from all around the world. There’s something for everyone! The festival gives the young finalists from Radio 2’s young folk awards a chance to play, internationally known artists and the best of Dorset’s local music scene. Check out the image gallery from The Purbeck Folk Festival in 2012

 

The location of Purbeck Folk Festival 2013 is Wilkswood Farm, a working sheep farm in Langton Matravers in the rolling hills of Dorset. on the beautiful Jurassic coast.

 

The Purbeck Folk Festival 2013 is on for 3 days 23 to 25 August Bank Holiday weekend 2013
Opening times (festival arena) are Thursday 6pm to late on Sunday.

Hope the weather stays nice!

 
by Pete Christie

Opening the Bankes Arms Beer and Music Festival in Studland

August 9th, 2013

Isle of Purbeck Musician at an Isle of Purbeck Beer and Music Festival

Isle of Purbeck Musician at an Isle of Purbeck Beer and Music Festival

I’m always glad to be back again at the Bankes Arms FestivalThere will be plenty of good party music from Jim Etherington, Blind Lemon Gliders, Chill and others, throughout the weekend.  

I’m the opening performer at the Festival at 6.30 on Thursday and then playing again on Saturday from 4pm to 6pm.  Taking the Avalon guitar with me this time and try out some new singer songwriter material!

 

Bankes Arms Studland Festival is on for 4 days; Thursday August 8th to Sunday 11th, 11am to 11pm

This is the pub’s 18th annual beer festival; it is free entrance and a very dog and children friendly festival.

 

In association with the Isle of Purbeck Brewery the festival features over 80 barrels of 200 quality cask-conditioned real ales and ciders.  The festival is hugely popular and a definite date in the beer-lover’s diary and is considered to be one of the best beer festivals in Dorset and the UK. The Live music is certainly very live and usually gets people dancing and singing along throughout the weekend. There is everything from Rock bands, acoustic, soul, Funk etc.

 

The Bankes Arms in Studland is an award-winning Dorset 15thC smugglers’ county inn, set in Studland overlooking the beautiful Purbeck coast, on top of the Studland Cliffs overlooking Old Harry Rocks. 

 

Loads of cyclists and motorists come over from Poole and Bournemouth by crossing the opening to Poole Harbour using the chain ferry at Sandbanks and travelling two miles South to Studland, or they take the A35 eastwards from Poole, then travel South along the A351 through Wareham and to Corfe, taking the B3351 at Corfe Castle to Studland.

Bankes Arms Beer Festival, Manor Road, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AU

 
by Pete Christie