Posts Tagged ‘‘anglicana roots music’’

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.

British singer songwriter in transatlantic session | song lyrics ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’

June 24th, 2012

Pete Christie is always happy to play his songs when his audience requests them; so when MJ Patterson requested ‘Nomal Shade of Blue’ on Pete’s Facebook page, Pete was happy to oblige. However, MJ was in North America, so they had to set up a transatlantic session at the Live Music gig in Dorset.

Pete Christie singing one of his original songs Normal Shade Of Blue

Photo courtesy of David Coombs, Portsmouth UK.

You can find the song lyrics to ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ below.

Pete Christie was playing the first live music gig at The Parkstone Pub, Poole, Dorset, which is under new management with Tammy and her Team. After a 3 hour set plus encores, Pete and other musician friends went back for a jam session.

Gives a whole new meaning to being a session musician. Can’t have too much of a good thing!


Mj Patterson

Sunday, 10 June 2012 at 06:17

A big shout of thanks out to the amazing Pete Christie who played a transatlantic gig this evening all the way to Halifax Nova Scotia and to Al BikerWeasel for making it possible. xxx

Pete calls his British style of music ‘Anglicana’, others call it Acoustic Folk and Roots.


Song Lyrics to ‘Normal Shade of Blue’ by British singer songwriter, acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, Pete Christie.

 
 

I’m standing in a bar in downtown Nowhere

Staring at a girl I thought was you

When she turned her head, she was someone else instead

And I went back to living in my normal shade of blue

 

So I shared some conversation with the barman

Just to see what he might have to say

Then we drank a toast, to the things we miss the most

Always seems to be the ones we let slip away

 

Then I think of you, like I always do

Though you’re out of sight

Are you safe and warm, lying in somebody’s arms

Or are you missing me tonight

 

I’m drinking coffee-flavoured water in a service station

2 am, and I’ve got a hundred miles to go

You can only get so far, with a suitcase and guitar

Seems the more I understand, the less I really know

 

So I think of you, like I always do

Though you’re out of sight

Are you safe and warm, lying in somebody’s arms

Or are you missing me tonight

 

I’ll keep holding on, it’s all that I can do

Till all hope has gone, I’ll still hold on to you

 

So I guess I’d better get my act together

And get out here and try and sing some songs

Down from off the fence, back in present tense

Still trying to figure out, where it all went wrong

 

So I think of you, like I always do

Though you’re out of sight

Are you safe and warm, lying in somebody’s arms

Or are you missing me tonight

 

I think of you, like I always do

You know you’d be all right

You’d be safe and warm, if you were lying in my arms

Never have to face another lonely night.

Listen to Pete Christie singing ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ on SoundCloud.

 

Thee are also 3 other original songs to hear of Pete Christie’s on SoundCloud:

‘Waiting In The Wings’.

‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’.

Instrumental ‘A Load Of Old Billy’

 

There is a YouTube video to watch of Pete Christie singing ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ Live, filmed at Mr Kyps, Poole, Dorset.

 

Maverick Magazine – 4 star review of Pete Christie’s album ‘Live at Mr Kyps’ by Russell Hill

“…Performed with just an acoustic guitar at the Poole venue, Pete Christie gives a master class into how to use his chosen instrument stupendously…”

 

“…one of the UK’s finest acts…”

Purbeck Folk Musician

October 13th, 2011

Pete Christie playing his Lowden acoustic guitar at Dancing Ledge on The Isle of Purbeck in Dorset UK