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Dan Bridge filmed Pete Christie at BBC Introducing: The South, Brighton

September 25th, 2010

Great video of ‘under the radar’ musician Pete Christie, on vimeo

performing ‘Normal Shade of Blue’, on the David Oddy guitar

by BBC Employee at Introducing: The South

Credit to Dan Bridge

Check out other film production by Dan
http://www.brightonvideo.co.uk

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Pete Christie. from Dan Bridge on Vimeo.

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Live session in Brighton with Phil Jackson
BBC Introducing: The South
The best in unsigned music with live lounge gigs

 

 

Other Normal Shade of Blue recordings.

BBC Introducing: The South – live session in Brighton with Phil Jackson

September 8th, 2010

Pete Christie performing ‘Lost’
BBC Introducing: The South — live session with Phil Jackson

BBC Introducing : The South, Brighton
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BBC Introducing: The South – live session in Brighton with Phil Jackson

September 8th, 2010

Pete Christie performing ‘Easy Come Easy Go’
BBC Introducing: The South – live session with Phil Jackson

BBC Introducing : The South, Brighton
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Artist interview ‘Taking You There With His Songs’ in Maverick Magazine by Russell Hill

August 12th, 2010


Maverick Magazine
The voice of country, folk, bluegrass and roots music
Issue 97 August 2010

Based in Bournemouth and recently released his latest album FRANK, solo artist Pete Christie is one of the finest pickers of an acoustic guitar around. His first band was with The Skavengers in 1979, and it was during that time that they went into the BBC where they managed to blag their way into meeting Mike Reid and John Peel separately and got them to play their music on their shows separately over the course of the next week.

Now performing solo in several gigs a month, I asked him first how did he get into playing the guitar?

“Before my grandmother came back from her holiday when I was about thirteen or fourteen she asked if she could bring something back for me. I said ‘Could you pick me up a guitar?’ We went to get her from the station and she got off the train carrying a bright blue guitar that looked hideous. It was almost unplayable but I found by jamming a piece of Lego under the neck I could play it.”

I wondered why Pete performs solo? “When [The Skavengers] broke up, as all good bands invariably do, I went back to the acoustic guitar and found that I’d grown” Pete told me. “I reckoned I could play better and I thought ‘I just spent ten or so years paying out for vans, for big PA’s, lighting rigs, roadies and all this nonsense’. I thought it was great to strip it down and minimalise everything with just me, a small PA and a very unplugged sound. And then from that was where I got to today.”

Pete Christie at Music & Merriment Festival 2009

Of his last two albums FRANK and LIVE AT MR KYPS, all but three songs have been written by Pete and I queried him about his writing style. “You sit down with a guitar and you noodle about. Just fiddle about with a few ideas in your head and words in your mind or some lyrics you might have jotted down whilst driving in the middle of the night” Pete replied. “You might even have a line in your head and it sticks. When you pick the guitar up, you might take that line and it grows.”

Back in the 1980’s Pete had a songwriting contract and I wondered how that went.

“It was a good deal but unfortunately they wanted me to write songs that they wanted me to write songs about. I kept saying ‘I can’t really do that’. I can’t write a song that says John Loves Mary. I’m not that sort of a songwriter” Pete says enthusiastically.

“Sometimes a song will take years to finish. If I’m not happy I can’t let it go. If I’ve got an ugly rhyme or something that makes me cringe I won’t take the song out [on the road] until it’s finished. Sometimes they take years.”

I wondered why Pete chooses to self release his albums? “I had a bit of a falling out with someone who was producing a song of mine and I said ‘Well, you’re just taking all the feel out of the song’. This is where it suddenly occurred to me that the only person who I wanted to produce my music was me” said Pete in a serious but jovial tone. “I’m not that technically minded but I know what I want to end up with. And if I’ve got a guy in the studio who I can talk to and get on with between us we can find what I’m trying to get. It’s not a commercial thing.”

And his intended reaction from the general public? “I don’t want people to go ‘That’s nice’. I want people to say ‘I hate that’ or ‘that’s the worst song I’ve ever heard. I didn’t like that at all mate’. That to me is what it’s about” Pete told me. “You’ve got to provoke a reaction, not just have the bland, Radio 2 middle of the road opinion. I’m really annoyed about mid stream. If you’re in the middle of a stream, you’re bobbing along with all this other stuff. I want to
be along the edges bumping along the bank. If you’re in the middle of a stream, you’re going along with flow. I want to get on in the edges. Stay out of the middle.”

With FRANK being played on BBC Radio Solent, such as by Sally Taylor and in front of a studio panel on Phil Jackson’s programme, I asked Pete how great this exposure has been for him?

“Absolutely marvellous. I went along to the panel and these guys come on [Phil Jackson’s show] afterwards. I thought ‘They’re going to rip me apart’. And they all, without fail, just zeroed straight in on what I’m all about. Every single one of those guys I owe them a debt of gratitude because I felt at last someone knew what I was going on about. And it made me feel more comfortable with what I’m doing. That’s always important because if everyone is criticising you every day you tend to lose your confidence a bit.”

In his last two albums, Bob Dylan’s Not Dark Yet are in the track listing. How important to Pete has he been?

“Massive. I try and keep away from covers unless they mean something to me. Then I’ll do it but do it my own way. I don’t mean that because I don’t like the original. When I start playing it I’ll begin and see how it turns out. He [Dylan] has that ability to make something so ordinary sound so deep. And he moves me! Some of his stuff is just visual. One of the guys said [on Phil Jackson’s programme] ‘the sign of a good song is you can see what the guy’s singing about. It takes you there’. And that’s what I strive for. Most people say to me ‘I know exactly what you mean. I’ve done that. I’ve been there’. Result.”

And what does the future hold for Pete? “For the next twelve to eighteen months I want to do another album and getting further afield. I’m trying to do South by South West just for the hell of doing it. That’s why I do things. I do it for the hell of it. I’m not looking to be a pop star” mentions Pete passionately. “To get paid to stand up in front of people and make contact with them in a place you’ve never been to in your life and by the end of the night you’ve got a room full of friends can’t get much better than that.”

With regular gigs happening across Southern UK over the next few months, to see Pete in action is a gig to savour and remember. Be sure to check out his websites http://www.petechristie.co.uk and http://www.myspace.com/petechristie where you can see and hear for yourself what a talented guy he is and how lucky we are for having him.


Russell Hill

russelledwardhill@hotmail.co.uk

Pete Christie Live in Session with Phil Jackson, BBC Introducing the South

June 21st, 2010

on iPlayer

Normal Shade of Blue

Lost

Shattered

Easy Come, Easy Go

Thanks to Phil Jackson: the South Coast’s answer to John Peel, Dan on sound and Tash on production, for a great show!

BBC Introducing: The South – live session with Phil Jackson

June 14th, 2010

BBC Introducing: The South with Phil Jackson.
The best in unsigned music with live lounge gigs

BBC Radio South Live's Phil Jackson

BBC Radio South Live's Phil Jackson

Specialist music show, BBC Introducing: The South, is broadcast across the south and online via BBC iPlayer.

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Date: Sunday, 20 June 2010
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Time: 19:00 – 21:00
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Location: BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey & BBC Radio Solent

Listen in Brighton on 95.3 FM
Listen in Sussex & Surrey 104-104.8 FM
Listen in Solent & Hampshire on 96.1 FM
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Listen on-line http://www.bbc.co.uk/sussex
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Maverick Magazine – 4 star review of Pete Christie’s album ‘Frank’, by Russell Hill

April 26th, 2010

Maverick Magazine
The voice of country, folk, bluegrass and roots music
Issue 94 May 2010

Pete Christie
Frank
Self Released
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There is so much to enjoy about this album that it would take an age to
list them all.

Based in Bournemouth and one of the best guitar pickers I have heard
for some time, this second solo album from the former member of the
Skavengers is delightful to say the least.

The only track not written by Pete is ‘Not Dark Yet’. Originally written
by Bob Dylan, it is sparse in its sound but as mighty a song if ever
I’ve heard one. The electric guitar makes this track a sleeping giant,
and I’m sure Dylan would not object to this version, as Pete performs it
so damn well.

One tune which is Pete’s own is ‘Waiting in the Wings’. The guitar
picking is not run-of-the-mill at all and with the occasional minimalist
sound joined by the Band of the Royal British Legion Christchurch, this
is one song I would certainly enjoy hearing live.

Prior to hearing this record, I did not know of Pete. When
singer-songwriters as good and talented as this are gigging continuously
around the UK throughout the year, it makes you want to travel
extraordinary distances just to see what they have to say and sing
about.

RH

Russell Hill        russelledwardhill@hotmail.co.uk

The inspiration behind ‘Frank’

March 2nd, 2010

BBC Radio Solent Interview, with Sally Taylor, about the inspiration behind the album ‘Frank’

BBC Radio Solent’s Sally Taylor

BBC Radio Solent interview

A soft launch of the album ‘Frank’ was available at the sell-out ‘part:three’ event at Mr Kyps ‘In The Round’, on 28 January 2010.

Available to purchase for £10 on Big Cartel

The making of the album ‘Frank’

March 2nd, 2010

Pete Christie album  ‘Frank’   2009

Pete Christie and Martin Condon recording “Frank” at Active Music Recording Studio

Recording Frank by Robert Whetton

Recording at Active Studios. Photography by Robert Whetton