Posts Tagged ‘Brighton’

Original English song ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ acc. Francesca Milner

November 17th, 2012

Performing ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ acc. by Bournemouth musician Francesca Milner on keyboard and vocals @ Solid Air

Performed on the handmade Lowden O10; the acoustic guitar ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ was written on, @ Solid Air run by Conrad Barr at The Cellar Bar, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK

‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ has been with me for a few years now and for a while it was my opening song to give the fingers a good warm up. I’ve recently added a new intro that I’m very happy with.


There are a number of versions of ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ out there;

 

Audiences often request this song and I recently did a real time transatlantic version of ‘Normal Shade Of Blue‘ at a gig for a lady in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada, which inspired me to the add the lyics to this website for her.

 

There is a live event version of ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ performed at Mr Kyps played on my David Oddy sunburst dreadnought in 2006

 

A 2010 studio version from the album ‘Frank’ on Soundcloud

 

Somewhere, lurking in a file, is a video of James Harrison playing piano and singing ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ whilst I stood in a Frank Sinatra style pose, accompanied and did harmonies, at a lovely venue called Cafe Fleur in Canford Cliffs, where the pair of us shared a monthly residency.

 

I rather like the filming that Dan Bridge did at BBC Introducing: The South Live session in Brighton with Phil Jackson a couple of years ago. Dan uploaded the video to Vimeo

 

On the homepage of this website is a version filmed at conversion live (clive #7) garden party 2011; I’m very happy with the sound quality of that live recording

 

And of course I play ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ on Radio shows like Russell Hill’s Country Music Show on 93.7 Express FM


Reviewers often make mention to  ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’:

 

BBC Radio South Live’s Phil Jackson – Pete Christie on BBC Phil Jackson South Live Demo Panel on BBC Introducing reviewed ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ 11_04_2010 as part of their South: Live showcases unsigned musicians. Quoted about the song and their perception of my approach to music :

 

– Al Scott, Metway Studio, Brighton I thought he was extremely accomplished. The whole package just sounds like he really knows what he’s doing. It was a nice song, an interesting lyric. He plays very well. He bought an interesting edge to it. The band were understated but right where they wanted to be.Very Good.

 

– Nick Coquet, The Brighton Source Nice sparse arrangement, a simplicity emphasises the story-telling aspect. There’s a melancholic maturity in what he’s talking about and I think that matches the maturity of the man. Uncluttered – Let’s the flow of his words come out. ”

 

– Chris Taylor, The Greys, Brighton The one thing I look for in a good songwriter is where a performer paints good pictures and this man does that. If you close your eyes when you listen to his lyrics, you can see those pictures – They’re there. They’re real and that’s the essence of good storytelling with a song. There’s a lot more going on behind the voice than you immediately gather. His south of the river, not Americanised, voice works very well. ”

 

“FRANK” – Pete Christie – Review
by Beca Fludgate

“Normal Shade of Blue” is a story type song and finds Pete drinking “coffee flavoured water in a service station” – this illustrates the humour that flavours the whole album which although quite intense and dark also lifts the listener with moments of irony and bittersweet analogies.

 

Tom Semioli in Minor 7th

“…Normal Shade of Blue” is a bona fide tear-jerker…”

 

The FATEA review of the album Frank plays ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ on their site.

 

Karl Hayman review at Mr Kyps supporting Jackie Leven in December 2010

 

Pete Christie is the archetypal singer songwriter, opening his set with a wistful and dreamy number called ‘Normal Shade of Blue’, an ode to unrequited love. His story of distance and missed opportunity is paired with interesting chord voicing and well used vibrato during instrumental sections. His playing style is further defined with his second song, using a loop pedal to create a rhythm track as a basis for his emotive lead playing.

 

‘Frank’ – Review by Fiona Heyes – formerly with Live Wire

“…a mini masterpiece, Normal Shade of Blue. The addition of other musicians on this track reduces the impact of the awesome loneliness of Pete’s solo guitar version, a welcome relief for those not readily given to tears…”

 

Pete Christie Twitpic: guests with Matt Andersen and Ben Montague

October 15th, 2010

Checking out a Batson guitar at The Acoustic Music Company, Brighton

September 26th, 2010

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
The best in unsigned music with live lounge gigs


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
The best in unsigned music with live lounge gigs

MATT ANDERSEN (CANADA) plus support – PETE CHRISTIE (UK) The Greys Pub Brighton 27 Sept 2010

August 20th, 2010

Americana acoustic blues and roots meets Anglicana acoustic folk rock

Matt Andersen

Canadian blues roots guitar

“Matt is the most outstanding live blues/Americana performer you will ever see”

Pete Christie

Acoustic Folk Rock

The way he explores rhythm and the dynamics of the instrument is a real education. His use of the loop station, and a few subtle dabs on his effects pedals, layering rhythms and sounds, is mesmerising.
Ian Peterson, LiveWire

The Greys Pub Brighton

Live Music Venue Brighton

The Greys is a remarkable pub situated at the heart of the quirky Hanover area of Brighton. It serves exceptional food, brilliantly kept wines and real ales and most Mondays there are gigs by national and internationally known artistes.

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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