Pete Christie – Black, White, and 50 Shades of Grey – Review by FATEA

August 30th, 2012

Review of Pete Christie’s performance on the Fire Stage at the Purbeck Folk Festival 2012 by Neil King Editor of FATEA Magazine.

 Pete Christie on the Fire Stage at Purbeck Folk Festival 2012 by Neil King, Editor FATEA Magazine

Next up is on the Fire Stage is Pete Christie. Pete is a singer songwriter that I’ve long admired. He’s got the common touch in terms of his song writing. His songs portray an attitude of dogged determination and have plenty of character.

Some of his material definitely falls into the protest singer category, but others also have a far more personal touch, symbolising an individual’s inner struggle and their relationships with people and society around them offering a counterpoint to songs coming more about society.

 

Pete always gives off the vibe of a musician totally absorbed in what they are doing on stage, coming out of it to talk to the audience between songs. He plays his songs very much live, meaning that even the songs of his you think you’re familiar with may well throw you on the day. It’s also a set that sits on the cusp between night and day and that’s a good metaphor for the performance, the clarity of daylight dwindles and the uncertainty of the night begins to take hold. Issues aren’t black and white, events tend to be impacted by what’s in the shadows and Pete’s songs reflect that well.

 

This is a performance to savour, one to take onboard and definitely one to experience, Purbeck Folk festival has chosen it’s acts well.

 

 

 

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