Posts Tagged ‘‘British singer songwriter’’

Performing in the BBC4 Songwriters Circle format

September 21st, 2013

A unique performance for the Joules Yard audience featuring three of the UK’s top singer-songwriters

 
A unique FREE performance for the Joules Yard audience featuring three of the UK’s top singer-songwriters

Westcountry Songwriters Circle is Pete Christie, Jinder and Nicky Swann; 3 independent British musicians from Dorset and South Devon, performing in the BBC4 Songwriters Circle format

 

All the performers on-stage together and take it in turns to perform their own songs, mostly accompanied by the others…”

 

An entertaining combination of Acoustic guitar, harmonies, melodies, singer songwriter songs, fingerstyle guitar and mandolin, with origins in folk, roots, ballads and blues.

 

“…It’s a great concept, works with beautiful informality, they are all not only wonderful musicians, but also highly entertaining raconteurs…”

 
 

 
 

Joules Yard & Eating House,
Rear of 53-55 High Street,
Market Harborough,
Leicestershire,
LE16 7AF

 

Next week Westcountry Songwriters Circle will be performing at Bournemouth Folk Club

 
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Lunchtime music event at Salisbury Arts Centre

August 4th, 2013

‘Live Lunch’ is a Lunchtime acoustic music event at Salisbury Arts Centre

 

Pete Christie is always on tour with his handmade acoustic guitars

“…Original English songs ranging from Rock Folk ballads to Blues from a powerful singer songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist…”

Sun, 11 Aug 2013, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 

FREE lunchtime music event at Salisbury Arts Centre

The idea is that the audience gets to enjoy live lunch sessions, where they can listen to live music whilst enjoying a delicious meal – homemade food at affordable prices.

 

 

Pete Christie – Live Lunch

Free music is in the Cafe from 12 noon to 2pm

Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT

 

 

Salisbury Arts Centre make it their business to offer a diverse programme to appeal to varying tastes.

Based in the old St Edmund’s Church which has been thoughtfully converted to provide a number of flexible performance spaces.

@SalisburyArts on Twitter

Salisbury Arts Centre on Facebook

 
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Dancing Diamonds - an original song by British singer songwriter

March 30th, 2013

Acoustic Fingerstyle guitar video

 

Dancing Diamonds – an original song by British singer songwriter Pete Christie, about someone who, on the surface, had everything they could ever want, but let it all slip away.

 
 

 
 

Filmed at Finedon Community Centre, a former Methodist Church in Northampton, with amazing acoustics.

 

Promoted by Kevin Buxton courtesy of Kontra Roots and Finedon Sessions. Sound engineer Geoff Bland.

 
 

Pete Christie performing his acoustic fingerstyle song Dancing Diamonds in Northampton

Dancing Diamonds – a song about someone who, on the surface, had everything they could ever want, but let it all slip away.


 

The night was a live music event called:
WEST COUNTRY SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE SPECIAL FEATURING:
PETE CHRISTIE / NICKY SWANN / JINDER

 
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Ballad Of An Ordinary Man song lyrics by Pete Christie

March 24th, 2013

Ballad of an Ordinary Man is my protest song.

 

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.

 
 
Pete Gristie palying the Lowden O10 guitar at Dancing Ledge Isle of Purbeck Dorset UK

Photo at Dancing Ledge, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset UK

 
 

You can listen to’Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’ on ‘Pete Christie’s SoundCloud profile page

 

British singer songwriter | English songs | Acoustic Fingerstyle Technique

 
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Ballad of an Ordinary Man


 

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man, trying to do the best that he can
Taught to know the value of his word, he got tossed into the theatre of the absurd
So down the road of life he makes his way, trying to do an honest job, make some honest pay
He takes his disappointments in his stride, and he smiles though he’s beaten up inside.
Sometimes he feels that he’s winning – most times he knows he’s not
Sometimes his head won’t stop spinning, most times he makes the most of what he’s got
Discontented with his lot

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man, caught up in someone else’s master plan
Tries to keep his head above the flood, feels his feet are sinking in the mud
Knows that something somewhere is bound to break, had about as much as he can take
The voice of doubt keeps whispering in his ear, but still, he will endeavour to persevere
Stumbling blindly through the fog of confusion, fighting battles he’s already lost
Treads the line between faith and delusion, another burning bridge he’s still to cross
Nothing ventured, nothing lost

 

Thumbing slowly through old photographs, taken when he was in his teens
He stares at faces of friends who’ve passed, and he wonders what it means…

 

Inst.

 

In the line marked “Situations Vacant”, he finds himself at the back of the queue
Down the stairs and into the basement, in the dark, without a clue,
Of what an ordinary man’s supposed to do

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man, bound to do the best that he can
Rising as the new day has begun, he will go to bed relieved that it is done.
His minutes turn to hours, months to years, he remains the product of his fears
A shadow of the man he planned to be, caught between the devil and the deep blue sea
Wonders how he’s supposed to make a difference, when every day he’s under attack
And every way is filled with frustration, one step forward two steps back
Stuck on the wrong side of the tracks

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man

 
 
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‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’ is also available to watch on the ‘Pete Christie YouTube Channel

 
 

Heartfelt ‘Just A Song’ on SoundCloud

February 9th, 2013

A heartfelt song by Pete Christie – ‘Just A Song’ from the album ‘Frank

One of my favourite songs on the album.

 

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British singer songwriter | English songs

by Pete Christie

Season’s greetings to all music lovers – Christmas 2012

December 22nd, 2012

Thank you to all the enthusiastic audiences and live music venues for a great musical year.

 

A British Singer songwriter sings an English Christmas song
 

It has been a great year for song writing and getting to know my live and online audience better, how my original English lyrics can touch so many people and that they are willing to come on a musical journey with me.

 

Ballad Of An Ordinary Man‘ was my political song of the year; it talks to most people about the changing political horizons and is quite thought provoking I’m informed. There is another album being worked on; the hard part is knowing which new songs to put on it, which ones to leave out and how to keep it simple.

 

A big thanks goes out to all the loyal live music venues and festival organisers throughout the UK that keep inviting me back to perform my Anglicana finger-style guitar technique, also to the music reviewers and Radio stations that share my music with a wider listening audience.

 

It is heartening to hear that being a British musician can still make a difference to how people feel.

 

Thank you email sent out with a new music upload to share.

Waiting in the Wings on Reverbnation Showcase of Independent Artists

December 21st, 2012

Reverbnation Showcase of Independent Artists By Douglas Dickens shares British Singer Songwriter music in USA

 

For the last nine months, musician and music enthusiast from USA, Douglas Dickens, showcases independent artists on Reverbnation once a week. Douglas encourages his 266 Facebook listeners to share and comment on the artists.

Douglas has been rather affected by ‘Waiting in The Wings’ and regularly shares my songs.

 I really appreciate the great work Douglas does and especially for getting my songs to a wider audience.

 

Douglas Dickens in Raleigh, North Carolina USA

1 December

http://www.reverbnation.com/petechristie

British singer songwriter guitarist musician

Waiting In The Wings (Pete Christie with Alex Roberts – live version, at Mr Kyps, Poole)

 

One of my all time favourite songwriters from the UK, Pete Christie has some amazing tunes here from start to finish. The first song is an instrumental and amazingly beautiful. Now follow it thru to Ballad of an Ordinary Man or Waiting in the Wings (my personal favourite) and you have the essence of Pete. Love this man’s work.

 

It has been awhile since i shared Pete Christie‘s song here. This song touched me and i wrote about it awhile ago. This is what Pete wrote back about this song:
Hi Doug.. I really appreciate what you do! Share away!!! Bit of background for you.. This song was written after a conversation with a guy in a wheelchair, who is afflicted with terrible disabilities… His undying optimism and sense of humour made me realise that life was for living, and you only get one shot at it. The song was written in about 20 mins from start to finish – and I swear it was flying around my room and just landed on me… It’s not my song. I was just lucky enough to be there at the time with a guitar… I’ve had lots of positive feedback from all kinds of people who tell me how the song has changed their lives, and that’s really humbling. If I never write another song, I won’t mind. Keep up the good work! Very best wishes from the UK. Pete :0)

 

For the last two days I have been living with Pete Christie’s CD ‘Frank’. This song is my favourite on the whole cd because the message is so profound. Pete is going to get tired of me sharing this but i really feel that we all need to listen to the words and live by the message. Cudos Pete ….. wish i wrote it.

 
 

About Douglas Dickens

Music is the driving force in my life and has been since a young lad. I played professionally for years and will again during the later years of my life. I write a lot and share a bit but it is always a pleasure to meet and get to know new folks which is why i am here. The one common ground that most of us have is music and, even though our tastes are diverse, it aids in the tolerance and acceptance of all who cross our paths.

 
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Pete Christie Live Music Event at The Dolphin Pub in Blandford Forum

December 12th, 2012

The Dolphin is a great live music pub

What does a musician want from a music pub: an appreciative audience, a great landlord that always books you again after the gig, a cup of coffee and a pint of bitter shandy, the chance to try out new songs and sell some albums to new and existing friends; The Dolphin in Blandford Forum offers all of this :0)

 

Pete Christie performing at The Dolphin Blandford Forum Dorset UK

Facebook event

Sharing Original English songs from an English Musician

November 25th, 2012

Pete Christie Music on Reverbnation

 

 

Acoustic fingerstyle guitar technique

 

1. rue de treguier 3:49

Some years ago I toured around Brittany, in France, playing at various bars in the evenings, being well fed by the bar owners, cycling in the day and putting up posters for the gigs and enjoying song writing in between. This song is evocative of those happy days and nights. I am still a professional musician and still enjoying performing an acoustic fingerstyle guitar technique set and playing my original English songs throughout the UK.

 

2. Ballad of An Ordinary Man 5:38

British singer songwriter acoustic guitarist Pete Christie performs ‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man‘, 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.

 

3. Normal Shade of Blue 5:29

‘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. ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ was written on the handmade acoustic Lowden O10 guitar.
There are a number of versions of ’Normal Shade Of Blue’ out there;

 
4. Waiting In The Wings (with Alex Roberts – live version, at Mr Kyps, Poole) 5:13

This song was written after a conversation with a guy in a wheelchair, who is afflicted with terrible disabilities… His undying optimism and sense of humour made me realise that life was for living, and you only get one shot at it. The song was written in about 20 mins from start to finish – and I swear it was flying around my room and just landed on me… It’s not my song. I was just lucky enough to be there at the time with a guitar… I’ve had lots of positive feedback from all kinds of people who tell me how the song has changed their lives, and that’s really humbling. If I never write another song, I won’t mind.

 

‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ and ‘Waiting In The Wings’ are both on the album Frank.

 
 
Frank’ is a whole other story!!!

Live at The White Horse, Quidhampton, Wiltshire

August 2nd, 2012

Pete Christie performs his singer songwriter set on his Lowden O10 guitar in Quidhampton