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New Album – the songwriting is well under way

February 20th, 2011

Pete’s current album ‘Frank’, which received favourable and 4star reviews and interviews, was completed at the end of 2009 and launched early in 2010

The next album material is an evolution in Pete’s crafted fingerstyle guitar technique and his honest Anglicana song writing approach.

Living on The Isle of Purbeck affords Pete plenty of space to work out what the album will be about. The hardest decisions will be what to leave out as the songs just keep ‘landing on him’.

Pete is quoted as saying he wants the next able to be ‘simple’; however, if the occasion presents itself for a full-sized orchestra to be available, then don’t be surprised if it is included on one of the tracks,

Pete is dedicating much of this year to touring throughout the UK and Europe, offering his audience an opportunity to hear some of the new songs as they grow and naturally develop.

Acoustic Magazine Review – Pete Christie album ‘Frank’

December 4th, 2010

“…heartfelt songs that recall McTell’s glory days…”
Julian Piper, Acoustic Magazine
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Pete Christie album ‘Frank’ review
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“…deliciously picked guitar lines…”
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“…eight carefully crafted vignettes…”
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“It takes a brave man to tackle a song like Dylan’s ‘Not Dark Yet’ – or maybe an optimistic one – so possibly this Dorset singer’s both.”

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Acoustic Magazine
Review by Julian Piper – issue 47
November 2010

Pete Christie in Acoustic Magazine August 2010

July 18th, 2010

Acoustic Magazine – Retune Your Ears

by Joel McIver

The acoustic guitar is king for Pete

ACOUSTIC Magazine

The UK’s only dedicated acoustic guitar magazine

Issue 44

August 2010

RETUNE YOUR EARS

Presenting new, interesting or alternative musicians from the acoustic world.

With Joel McIver.

PETE CHRISTIE

The acoustic guitar is king for Pete

“I’ve been involved in music in lots of ways, including developing hi-fi equipment, so I’m coming at it from lots of different angles.

I’ve been playing as long as I can remember – and performing since I was 17. I seem to be getting better: every time I pick up the guitar it seems like a new experience.

When it comes to songwriting, I try to write important stuff: I try not to write just anything. I used to do that: I always remember Elvis Costello used to write five songs a day or something, and I thought ‘I wish I could do that!’ but when I did do that, the output wasn’t what I considered to be high quality, which is the important thing. As you get older, you notice the songs that the audience latch on to. I’m always playing the guitar, it’s always on my lap.

I used to work with (legendary manager/producer) Chas Chandler, who told me once that Jimi Hendrix always had a guitar with him, even in the loo. I don’t take it to that extreme, but I will play as much as I can.

I started off as a strummer – don’t we all? – and playing power chords, but over time I found I don’t strum as much, I play fingerstyle more, because of the subtlety of picking the sounds off the neck rather than thrashing them out with a pick.

I experiment with tunings, too: a friend of mine introduced me to open C and after that, I was away. Sometimes I’ll drop a string and see what happens, because the guitar then takes over and you have to follow it.

I keep saying to people, the acoustic guitar is the most powerful instrument in the arsenal. Electric guitars can be loud, but the acoustic has the power”.

www.petechristie.co.uk

Tinderbox and Pete Christie share the stage at The Christchurch Festival

July 9th, 2010

Tinderbox and Pete Christie share each other’s sets at The Christchurch Festival 2010.

Monique Houraghan, of Tinderbox, sang ‘Waiting In The Wings’ on Pete’s set.

Monique was a guest singer on Pete Christie’s latest album ‘ Frank’ and they often perform this song as a duo.
There is some YouTube footage from 2008, of them at Centre Stage.

Dan Tucker, of Tinderbox, invited Pete Christie to perform ‘The Journey’, an instrumental from Tinderbox’s latest album ‘The State Of Play’
Acoustic Magazine called their album “Lovely…Hooky…Mellow”

Pete Christie album ‘Frank’ – Review by Fiona Heyes

March 2nd, 2010

Review by Fiona Heyes

This review was originally released on the Acoustic Magazine community website in USA.

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Pete Christie album cover 'Frank'. Photography by Robert Whetton