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On the road with West Country Songwriters Circle Special

February 5th, 2013

What a fantastic live music night at Finedon Community Centre

A former Methodist Church in Northampton, with amazing acoustics and a great sound desk / engineer Geoff Bland – perfect for musicians!! Compere and Master of Ceremonies was Kevin Buxton courtesy of Kontra Roots and Finedon Sessions.

The whole concept of  the Westcountry Songwriters’ Circle Special was very well received by the audience and we have been invited back for a repeat performance at Joules Yard in Market Harborough on 21st September 2013.

 

Pete Christie, Jinder and Nicky Swann on stage

 

Westcountry Songwriters’ Circle Special with

Pete Christie Facebook

Phil Jinder Dewhurst Facebook
http://www.jinder.co.uk/

Nicky Swann Facebook
http://www.nickyswann.com/

Chesk out more images in a Facebook album

 

by Pete Christie

Acoustic Spectrum 3 Radio stations 1 TV station

January 28th, 2013

Acoustic Spectrum is a new MULTI radio and television station creating valuable exposure for musicians seeking additional exposure using both forms of media.

3 Radio stations, 1 TV station

Acoustic Spectrum logo

Acoustic spectrum radio is specifically designed to cater to unsigned or signed artists with small labels to showcase and promote their particular style of music. Artists will be given opportunities for free publicity across Acoustic Spectrum’s listeners and of course Fatea Magazines supporters

Follow Acoustic spectrum on twitter @acousticspectru and @Fatea_magazine and Acoustic Spectrum on Facebook

Acoustic Spectrum TV is great exposure for all the newest indie and alternative featured videos streamed 24/7.

 

 

I recorded the song ‘Ballad of an Ordinary Man’ for the Fatea Showcase Session Download Spring 12 – ‘Walking’ which went live on February 1st 2012.

Our good friend and fellow music-lover, Neil King is one of the creators of Acoustic Spectrum, has been involved in the Indie music scene for over 20 years, bringing the first published music magazine for the indie market and 20 years on still producing the magazine and showcasing new artists from all over the world!

Check out FATEA Magazine for reviews, releases, Live and much more.

 

I’ve had some very well written reviews from FATEA; they really listen!!

by Pete Christie

Derrin Nauendorf Album launch with special guest Pete Christie

January 23rd, 2013

Derrin Nauendorf Album launch ‘Distant

Empires’ with special guest

Pete Christie 

 

Derrin’s first studio release in four years – The album ‘Distant Empires’ is a personal journey; artistically and musically.

A great night of singer songwriter material and amazing acoustic guitar performances.

singer songwriters playing in Bournemouth UK

Admission £8.00

 

Derrin Nauendorf and Pete Christie have shared the stage many times over the years:

Mr Kyps in Poole, Dorset

‘In the Round’ at Mr Kyps event with Derrin Nauendorf, Pete Christie and Alex Roberts

 

Quotes about Derrin Nauendorf‘s music

 

“Excellent!”

Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2.

“Sheer Musical Genius”

Forte Magazine, Australia

“Blistering Guitar Skills”

Yamaha Europe

“Derrin deserves to be a major player in the music industry”

Maverick Magazine

 

Derrin Nauendorf blends blends blues, folk and country.

Pete Christie combines styles from Anglicana Rock and Folk, Ballads and Roots to Blues

Centre Stage

 

14 Queens Road Bournemouth BH2 6BE 01202 540065

 

by Pete Christie

West Country Songwriters’ Circle Special

January 10th, 2013

WEST COUNTRY SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE SPECIAL

FEATURING: PETE CHRISTIE / NICKY SWANN / JINDER

1 FEBRUARY 2013

BEST OF KONTRA – WEST COUNTRY SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE SPECIAL

 

 

Highly acclaimed, sensationally good singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist, who plays from the heart and sings from the soul. A master craftsman who is the equal of the many household name guitarists and musicians he has guested with in over 40 years of performing, he 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!” Playing his own uniquely powerful style of acoustic fingerstyle guitar, Pete’s songs are original, contemporised anglicana roots, with a mix of rock, folk and country, swinging from achingly beautiful, sparse, haunting accompaniments, to explosive, almost neo-flamenco rhythms.

Musician Pete Christie

NICKY SWANN

One of the very best of the new generation of female singer-songwriters, this powerful, original and versatile singer has achieved critical acclaim with sublime original songs that are rooted in Americana traditions but can just as easily encompass cool summer jazz, rock ‘n’ roil, and folksy ballads. Her first CD received ecstatic reviews in 2010, and she was a complete knockout when she played Kontra Roots Club earlier this year. A great storyteller and a passionate performer, Nicky is surely heading for the top.

Pete Christie is part of the Songwriters' circle

A solo tour de force, this most persuasive and passionate of troubadors was originally lead singer and songwriter with The Mercurymen (a band tipped for the top by the likes of Coldplay and Brian Wilson). However, abandoning the comfort of a major record deal to cut his own unique path through the solo acoustic landscape, Jinder has become one of the very best singer-songwriters the UK has to offer, with a string of critically lauded albums and hypnotic, blistering performances. With beautiful, red-dirt Americana songs that are lyrically and musically exceptionally visual, Jinder is a great talent who is going places… and don’t let him tell you otherwise!

Musician Jinder

The Finedon Sessions 

THE FINEDON SESSIONS present quarterly acoustic roots concerts at the Finedon Community Centre, a superb venue situated in the town of Finedon, Northants. They are usually held on the first Fridays in February, May, August and November, and feature top name acts from the world of folk, blues and roots, plus supports from the cream of the UK’s up and coming acoustic talent.

Finedon Community Centre is a converted methodist church, and the first floor concert hall, with its high wood vaulted ceiling, excellent acoustics and atmosphere, is recognised as one of the finest in the east midlands for acoustic music.

The concerts are organised by Kontra Roots Club (see Top Friends and blog) and the Finedon Community Centre committee. Tickets are very modestly priced, usually at £8, and can either be bought on the door or pre-booked by phoning 01933 398377

 

Check out Kevin Buxton on Facebook; one of the splendid chaps organising this great live music event.

Have Guitar Will Travel Tour 2013

January 6th, 2013

Pete Christie ‘Have Guitar Will Travel Tour 2013

guitar case waiting to go on stage at live music event in London

Pete Christie ‘Have Guitar Will Travel Tour 2013’

It’s all about the audience

January 4th, 2013

It’s all about the audience!! New Year’s greetings for 2013

 
 

Pete Christie on stage in front of an enthusiatic audience

It’s all about the audience!!


 
 

Thanks to all the great UK live music venues I got to play at in 2012;
Mostly I have been concentrating on Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, London, Surrey, Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire.

 

Looking forward to launching my new English songs at live music venues in 2013; local, national or global :0)

 

I’m always on Tour 
with handmade guitars!!

Season’s greetings to all music lovers – Christmas 2012

December 22nd, 2012

Thank you to all the enthusiastic audiences and live music venues for a great musical year.

 

A British Singer songwriter sings an English Christmas song
 

It has been a great year for song writing and getting to know my live and online audience better, how my original English lyrics can touch so many people and that they are willing to come on a musical journey with me.

 

Ballad Of An Ordinary Man‘ was my political song of the year; it talks to most people about the changing political horizons and is quite thought provoking I’m informed. There is another album being worked on; the hard part is knowing which new songs to put on it, which ones to leave out and how to keep it simple.

 

A big thanks goes out to all the loyal live music venues and festival organisers throughout the UK that keep inviting me back to perform my Anglicana finger-style guitar technique, also to the music reviewers and Radio stations that share my music with a wider listening audience.

 

It is heartening to hear that being a British musician can still make a difference to how people feel.

 

Thank you email sent out with a new music upload to share.

Waiting in the Wings on Reverbnation Showcase of Independent Artists

December 21st, 2012

Reverbnation Showcase of Independent Artists By Douglas Dickens shares British Singer Songwriter music in USA

 

For the last nine months, musician and music enthusiast from USA, Douglas Dickens, showcases independent artists on Reverbnation once a week. Douglas encourages his 266 Facebook listeners to share and comment on the artists.

Douglas has been rather affected by ‘Waiting in The Wings’ and regularly shares my songs.

 I really appreciate the great work Douglas does and especially for getting my songs to a wider audience.

 

Douglas Dickens in Raleigh, North Carolina USA

1 December

http://www.reverbnation.com/petechristie

British singer songwriter guitarist musician

Waiting In The Wings (Pete Christie with Alex Roberts – live version, at Mr Kyps, Poole)

 

One of my all time favourite songwriters from the UK, Pete Christie has some amazing tunes here from start to finish. The first song is an instrumental and amazingly beautiful. Now follow it thru to Ballad of an Ordinary Man or Waiting in the Wings (my personal favourite) and you have the essence of Pete. Love this man’s work.

 

It has been awhile since i shared Pete Christie‘s song here. This song touched me and i wrote about it awhile ago. This is what Pete wrote back about this song:
Hi Doug.. I really appreciate what you do! Share away!!! Bit of background for you.. This song was written after a conversation with a guy in a wheelchair, who is afflicted with terrible disabilities… His undying optimism and sense of humour made me realise that life was for living, and you only get one shot at it. The song was written in about 20 mins from start to finish – and I swear it was flying around my room and just landed on me… It’s not my song. I was just lucky enough to be there at the time with a guitar… I’ve had lots of positive feedback from all kinds of people who tell me how the song has changed their lives, and that’s really humbling. If I never write another song, I won’t mind. Keep up the good work! Very best wishes from the UK. Pete :0)

 

For the last two days I have been living with Pete Christie’s CD ‘Frank’. This song is my favourite on the whole cd because the message is so profound. Pete is going to get tired of me sharing this but i really feel that we all need to listen to the words and live by the message. Cudos Pete ….. wish i wrote it.

 
 

About Douglas Dickens

Music is the driving force in my life and has been since a young lad. I played professionally for years and will again during the later years of my life. I write a lot and share a bit but it is always a pleasure to meet and get to know new folks which is why i am here. The one common ground that most of us have is music and, even though our tastes are diverse, it aids in the tolerance and acceptance of all who cross our paths.

 
by Pete Christie

Pete Christie Live Music Event at The Dolphin Pub in Blandford Forum

December 12th, 2012

The Dolphin is a great live music pub

What does a musician want from a music pub: an appreciative audience, a great landlord that always books you again after the gig, a cup of coffee and a pint of bitter shandy, the chance to try out new songs and sell some albums to new and existing friends; The Dolphin in Blandford Forum offers all of this :0)

 

Pete Christie performing at The Dolphin Blandford Forum Dorset UK

Facebook event

Session archive track on Wired – ForestFM 92.3 – Waiting In The Wings

December 9th, 2012

Some great local music

 

This week’s show including a session archive track from Pete Christie.
 
Recorded in 2007 by Tony Warren (devoted to the local music) on Wired – ForestFM 92.3 – 8pm Friday 19th October 2012 via Mixcloud

 

Waiting In The Wings (Wired Session – 2007)
By Pete Christie Track 9

 

You can read the story behind this English song.

 
 

Wired – ForestFM 92.3 – 8pm Friday 19th October 2012 by Tony Warren on Mixcloud

 
 

“Wired” is ForestFM’s programme devoted to the local music scene in and around Verwood in Dorset, broadly covering Bournemouth, Poole, Southampton, Salisbury and West Dorset. After an almost 3 year gap Tony Warren returned to present Wired on 5 October 2012.The show features both signed and unsigned artists and studio, session and live recordings. Each week there will be featured artists and archive tracks from Wired sessions and live recordings.More information at www.forestfm.co.uk