Posts Tagged ‘‘acoustic folk rock’’

Wickham Festival Season

August 1st, 2016

Some fun bands performing at Wickham this year

 

Quite looking forward to seeing Lindisfarne on Sunday 7 August. The 2016 Wickham festival is a 4-day music event set to take place from the 4th-7th August.

I will be on the Acoustic Stage around 5.40. on Sunday.

 

Pete Christie performing at Wickham Festival

 

You can listen to some interviews from 2015 on Wickham Festival audioboom.

A family friendly festival, it features artists of varying styles, across three stages. Wickham Festival takes place annually in the village of Wickham, Hampshire and is always good fun. The 2015 Wickham Festival was named Best Festival (Cap. under 15,000) at the Live UK Music Business Awards…glad I was there!

Best live music venue in Surrey

November 16th, 2014

Sunday Session at Scratchers (The Three Lions) at Farncombe, Surrey

 

 The audience enjoy live music and they happily share a monetary contribution to the ‘artist’s pot’.

 

The Three Lions pub put on a wide range of eclectic live music events throughout the year. It is a good looking newly renovated pub, great food, big beer garden and with lovely landlords. Highly recommended!

Pete Christie always on tour

Performing there again on Sunday 23 November at 16:00; I always enjoy playing a singer songwriter acoustic folk rock fingerstyle guitar set at The Three Lions.

Salisbury Arts Centre Sunday lunchtime live music

July 15th, 2014

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.

 

Pete Christie on stage at Salisbury Arts Centre

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.

 
by Pete Christie

Fingerstyle acoustic set at live music venues in UK

April 21st, 2013

Pete Christie touring his fingerstyle acoustic set at live music venues UK

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.

‘Ghosts on the Dance Floor’ Ron Trueman-Border additional guitar by Pete Christie

November 12th, 2012

“…Performed at The Square and Compass in Worth Matravers on 10th November. Ron Trueman-Border is joined here by another excellent singer songwriter- Pete Christie…”



Great to catch up with Ron Trueman-Border again!! A great British singer songwriter.
Another great night of live music on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset UK.

Pete Christie’s political song ‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’ video

October 12th, 2012

British singer songwriter acoustic guitarist Pete Christie performs ‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’ on YouTube

 

 

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.

 
 

Live Music Event performed at The Dolphin Pub, Blandford Forum, Dorset, UK

 

You can read more about the guitars Pete Christie uses, his guitar technique and how it is all about the quality of the music

 

Watch other Pete Christie videos on YouTube

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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