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Lunchtime music event at Salisbury Arts Centre

August 4th, 2013

‘Live Lunch’ is a Lunchtime acoustic music event at Salisbury Arts Centre

 

Pete Christie is always on tour with his handmade acoustic guitars

“…Original English songs ranging from Rock Folk ballads to Blues from a powerful singer songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist…”

Sun, 11 Aug 2013, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 

FREE lunchtime music event at Salisbury Arts Centre

The idea is that the audience gets to enjoy live lunch sessions, where they can listen to live music whilst enjoying a delicious meal – homemade food at affordable prices.

 

 

Pete Christie – Live Lunch

Free music is in the Cafe from 12 noon to 2pm

Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT

 

 

Salisbury Arts Centre make it their business to offer a diverse programme to appeal to varying tastes.

Based in the old St Edmund’s Church which has been thoughtfully converted to provide a number of flexible performance spaces.

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UK Roots Movement Singer Songwriters at Folk On The Quay

June 20th, 2013

Part of UK Roots Movement – Pete Christie, Alex Roberts and Andy Grant are performing together as the Headline act at Harbour Lounge, part of the ‘Folk On The Quay’ festival

 

Folk On The Quay 2013 will be at various locations along Poole Quay, in Dorset, on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2013

 

Pete Christie, Alex Roberts and Andy Grant will be participating in this music festival at 9pm Saturday 29 June 2013. Pete Christie was asked to host and headline the Harbour Lounge event and thought what great fun it would be again to get fellow UK Roots Movement musicians; Alex Roberts and Andy Grant to along also; there will be plenty of fingerstyle guitar technique, guitars and singer songwriter folk and roots material that night!

 

 

UK Roots Movement - Pete Christie, Alex Roberts and Andy Grant

 

This is a new festival brought together by Poole Tourism and Folk Dorset; Paul Burke and Catherine Burke, both of which are accomplished musicians and event organisers, who run the famous Bournemouth Folk Club and more recently started putting on the beautiful Purbeck Folk Festival. Pete Christie will be playing again this year at Purbeck Folk Festival on Saturday, August 24th, on the  Fire Stage, at 10pm.

 

Poole’s Folk On The Quay festival is a FREE event with top folk acts, world music and dancing. What a great location with fantastic views over the harbour!

 

The Saturday evening will have a street concert and 3 stages, ceilidh dances and lots of other attractions through the weekend with local pub landlords also hosting music along the Quay.

 

part of UK Roots Movement - Pete Christie, Alex Roberts and Andy Grant are performing together at the 'Folk On The Quay' festival

 

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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.

 
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Pete Christie live at The Beehive Swindon UK Local Swindon TV

April 7th, 2013

Recording debut of ‘Seagulls’ acoustic guitar instrumental

 

I really like what ‘Swindon Tv has done with the filming of ‘Seagulls’; this is the recording debut for this quintessential British acoustic guitar instrumental; which was filmed live at my ‘Beehive Pub music event on Sunday, March 17th 2013. Credit for the great filming goes to Doug Kirby, Creative Director/ Producer Partner at Swindon Tv.

 
 

 

It was another fun gig at The Beehive, with a great audience, Landlord Andy Marcer and bar Team as always!!

 
 

‘Seagulls’ was written and performed on a George Lowden O10 Guitar. The inspiration for ‘Seagulls’ comes from living on The Isle of Purbeck, Dorset.
 
 
Pete Christie being filmed by Swindon Tv at The Beehive Pub in Swindon
 
 


 
 
One audience member said “…listening to ‘Seagulls’ is like hearing a one-man Pink Floyd doing ‘Wish You Were Here’…”, others liken it to an early Peter Green from Fleetwood Mac.
‘Seagulls’ is an original Pete Christie instrumental which is performed as an extended outro to a contemporised version of ‘Oh Well’; which seems to captivate the audience. By the time ‘Seagulls’ starts the room has usually gone quiet and the audience is observed to sit mesmerised. A clear favourite with the audience and a great experience for any musician.

 
by Pete Christie

Dancing Diamonds - an original song by British singer songwriter

March 30th, 2013

Acoustic Fingerstyle guitar video

 

Dancing Diamonds – an original song by British singer songwriter Pete Christie, about someone who, on the surface, had everything they could ever want, but let it all slip away.

 
 

 
 

Filmed at Finedon Community Centre, a former Methodist Church in Northampton, with amazing acoustics.

 

Promoted by Kevin Buxton courtesy of Kontra Roots and Finedon Sessions. Sound engineer Geoff Bland.

 
 

Pete Christie performing his acoustic fingerstyle song Dancing Diamonds in Northampton

Dancing Diamonds – a song about someone who, on the surface, had everything they could ever want, but let it all slip away.


 

The night was a live music event called:
WEST COUNTRY SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE SPECIAL FEATURING:
PETE CHRISTIE / NICKY SWANN / JINDER

 
by Pete Christie

Ballad Of An Ordinary Man song lyrics by Pete Christie

March 24th, 2013

Ballad of an Ordinary Man is my protest song.

 

A song which protests about the erosion of the principles of life that were once described as ‘rights’, only to be conveniently re-defined as merely temporary privileges by the changing of political horizons.

 
 
Pete Gristie palying the Lowden O10 guitar at Dancing Ledge Isle of Purbeck Dorset UK

Photo at Dancing Ledge, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset UK

 
 

You can listen to’Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’ on ‘Pete Christie’s SoundCloud profile page

 

British singer songwriter | English songs | Acoustic Fingerstyle Technique

 
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Ballad of an Ordinary Man


 

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man, trying to do the best that he can
Taught to know the value of his word, he got tossed into the theatre of the absurd
So down the road of life he makes his way, trying to do an honest job, make some honest pay
He takes his disappointments in his stride, and he smiles though he’s beaten up inside.
Sometimes he feels that he’s winning – most times he knows he’s not
Sometimes his head won’t stop spinning, most times he makes the most of what he’s got
Discontented with his lot

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man, caught up in someone else’s master plan
Tries to keep his head above the flood, feels his feet are sinking in the mud
Knows that something somewhere is bound to break, had about as much as he can take
The voice of doubt keeps whispering in his ear, but still, he will endeavour to persevere
Stumbling blindly through the fog of confusion, fighting battles he’s already lost
Treads the line between faith and delusion, another burning bridge he’s still to cross
Nothing ventured, nothing lost

 

Thumbing slowly through old photographs, taken when he was in his teens
He stares at faces of friends who’ve passed, and he wonders what it means…

 

Inst.

 

In the line marked “Situations Vacant”, he finds himself at the back of the queue
Down the stairs and into the basement, in the dark, without a clue,
Of what an ordinary man’s supposed to do

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man, bound to do the best that he can
Rising as the new day has begun, he will go to bed relieved that it is done.
His minutes turn to hours, months to years, he remains the product of his fears
A shadow of the man he planned to be, caught between the devil and the deep blue sea
Wonders how he’s supposed to make a difference, when every day he’s under attack
And every way is filled with frustration, one step forward two steps back
Stuck on the wrong side of the tracks

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man

 
 
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‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’ is also available to watch on the ‘Pete Christie YouTube Channel

 
 

'Waiting In The Wings' song | Pete Christie Live in London video

February 19th, 2013

‘Waiting In The Wings’ is from Pete Christie’s studio album ‘Frank’.

“Waiting in the Wings” is Pete’s most famous song; and according to Tom Semioli reviewing for  Minor 7th in the USA, “it is reminiscent of the off-the-wall stuff of Brian Wilson and Sir Paul as produced by Sir George Martin.”

 

 

Critically acclaimed for  showing off Pete’s gift for tethering his romantic ruminations to memorable melodies and instrumental harmonies. The album ‘Frank’ has been called “refreshing”, “honest”, “wonderful”, “natural”, “versatile”, “…heartfelt songs that recall McTell’s glory days…” by Acoustic Magazine, and “delivered by a master craftsman”. “Frank is not background music. It’s a wonderfully written book brought to life by sounds”.

 
 

Ian Peterson Live Wire review and quote on the biography page

 

“…Pete Christie is in a league of his own. His new album, entitled “Frank” is a knockout collection of eight self penned songs, plus a track, “Not Yet Dark, written by Dylan. Anyone who plays guitar should go and see Pete in action. The way he explores rhythm and the dynamics of the instrument is a real education. His use of the loop station, and a few subtle dabs on his effects pedals, layering rhythms and sounds, is mesmerising.
The CD is wonderful. Tracks of the quality of “Waiting In The Wings” and the highly commercial “Easy Come, Easy Go” are worth the purchase price alone…”

 

A special thanks to Douglas Dickens in USA, who showcases independent artists on Reverbnation once a week, for reminding me to record this song at a live music event.

 

Jackie Leven + Hannah Robinson + Pete Christie @ Mr Kyps

12.15.2010 · Posted in Gig Reviews by Karl Hayman

“…Christie’s ability to connect with his audience lies with his unabashed and honest delivery, his plausibility due to a belief that when he sings of love, loss and life, it is from his own experience. This is all but confirmed by his last song, in honour of a friend confined to a wheelchair. Christie found his inspiration in the eternal optimism of his friend, and was compelled to complete the writing of this song in one brief sitting. Entitled ‘Waiting In The Wings’, the song’s moral is that there are always people worse off than yourself, and if their positivity is able to shine through, it would be an injustice for yours not to. This was my first first encounter of Pete Christie, and I was left thoroughly warmed by it. By all that I have just described, I wish I had heard him sooner!…”

 

“…’Waiting in the Wings’ is one of Pete Christie’s classics; which has on occasion changed the course of people’s lives after taking on the sentiment of the lyrics that “life is not a rehearsal and to make the most of it by doing what you want to do, now…”

 

There are other blog posts to read about ‘Waiting In The Wings’ and the story behind why I called the album ‘Frank’. 

 
The album version features ‘The Band of the Royal British Legion, Christchurch’.

 

The studio Album ‘Frank’ is available to purchase still.

 

Thanks to all the musicians, photographer and sound engineer that helped bring the ‘Frank’ tracks to life.

 
by Pete Christie

Independent UK musicians perform at Fiveways Folk Club

February 11th, 2013

Pete Christie performing at Fiveways Folk Club

Fiveways is a new Folk club in Charminster, Bournemouth run by Mo, Ed & Karen to showcase popular local performers and for those who enjoy good music.

13th Feb is a club night I may take the Gurian guitar for this unplugged night.

 

acoustic guitar performance at Fiveways Folk Club

 

 

You can expect to hear a wide range music from traditional and contemporary folk, to celtic and singer/songwriter artists.

 

The Folk Club is in an upstairs function room and well away from the busy pub, with its own bar.

The Folk Club runs on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Doors open 7.30, Music starts at 8pm.

I was lucky enough to one of the musicians invited to the opening night at Fiveways Folk Club on 24 October 2012

“…Pete Christie, performing songs & melodies in his own unique style…”

Check out the Fiveways Folk Club Facebook for more details

Pete Christie on Fiveways Folk Club Facebook Timeline cover

Fiveways Folk

“…Pete Christie did a great set on our opening night. You can see him again combining styles from rock & folk ballards to blues He’s a unique fingerstyle guitarist & I’m looking forward to an amazing evening!…”

 

Heartfelt ‘Just A Song’ on SoundCloud

February 9th, 2013

A heartfelt song by Pete Christie – ‘Just A Song’ from the album ‘Frank

One of my favourite songs on the album.

 

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British singer songwriter | English songs

by Pete Christie