“…Pete Christie did a great set on our opening night. You can see him again combining styles from rock & folk ballards to blues He’s a unique fingerstyle guitarist & I’m looking forward to an amazing evening!…”
On the road with West Country Songwriters Circle Special
Acoustic Spectrum is a new MULTI radio and television station creating valuable exposure for musicians seeking additional exposure using both forms of media.
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Acoustic spectrum radio is specifically designed to cater to unsigned or signed artists with small labels to showcase and promote their particular style of music. Artists will be given opportunities for free publicity across Acoustic Spectrum’s listeners and of course Fatea Magazines supporters
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“Wired” is ForestFM’s programme devoted to the local music scene in and around Verwood in Dorset, broadly covering Bournemouth, Poole, Southampton, Salisbury and West Dorset. After an almost 3 year gap Tony Warren returned to present Wired on 5 October 2012.The show features both signed and unsigned artists and studio, session and live recordings. Each week there will be featured artists and archive tracks from Wired sessions and live recordings.More information at www.forestfm.co.uk
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;
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.
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.
- 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.
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…”
‘Ghosts on the Dance Floor’ Ron Trueman-Border additional guitar by Pete Christie
November 12th, 2012
“…Performed at The Square and Compass in Worth Matravers on 10th November. Ron Trueman-Border is joined here by another excellent singer songwriter- Pete Christie…”
Great to catch up with Ron Trueman-Border again!! A great British singer songwriter.
Another great night of live music on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset UK.
Pete Christie’s political song ‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’ video
October 12th, 2012
British singer songwriter acoustic guitarist Pete Christie performs ‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’ on YouTube
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.