Posts Tagged ‘‘Kontra Roots Club’’

Pete Christie with Jinder and Nicky Swann at Bournemouth Folk Club

August 27th, 2013

Pete Christie with Jinder and Nicky Swann at Bournemouth Folk Club as Westcountry Songwriters Circle

 

One for the diary! Sunday 29th September 7.00pm

at the new home of The Bournemouth Folk Club

The Windsor Suite, The Carrington House Hotel on Knyveton Road in Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3QQ

 
 

 ‘Making Waves’ words and music by Pete Christie

– with accompaniment from Nicky Swann and Jinder

 
 

Westcountry Songwriters Circle is Pete Christie, Nicky Swann and Jinder

 
 

In the folk-acoustic singer-songwriter tradition, Westcountry Songwriters Circle entertain the audience with songs, three-part vocal harmony,  melodies, fingerstyle guitar, mandolin and acoustic guitar music from a variety of styles incorporating political, social, philosophical, and literary influences.

 

A unique performance by three of the finest songwriters from the Southwest.

Performing in the BBC4 Songwriters Circle format

All the performers on-stage together and take it in turns to perform, mostly accompanied by the others.

 

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

 

“…finest songwriters from the southwest …”

 

Westcountry Songwriters Circle is Pete Christie, Nicky Swann and Jinder

 

You can watch 4 other YouTube videos from Westcountry Songwriters Circle

 

‘Westcountry Love Song‘ Jinder – Signature song for Westcountry Songwriters Circle

 

‘Diving’ – words and music by Nicky Swann

 

‘The Day That Peace Broke Out‘ – words and music by Jinder

 

‘I Wish I Could Have Known You Better’ – words and music by Jinder

 


Join us on the Westcountry Songwriters Circle Facebook

 
 

Artist profiles:

 

** Pete Christie

Pete Christie: Highly acclaimed, sensationally good singer-songwriter and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with 40 years’ experience of playing with the UK’s finest musicians. A master craftsman.

@petechristieuk

 

** Nicky Swann

Nicky Swann: winner of Spiral Awards 2013 ‘Best Original Song’. Ecstatically reviewed singer-songwriter: Powerful, original and versatile, and one of the very best of her generation.

@nickyswann

 

** Jinder

Jinder: Passionate and expressive, a tour de force singer songwriter: hypnotic, blistering, as-good-as-it-gets red dirt Americana and English roots music. Critically lauded and a great talent.

@MMJinder

 
 

Westcountry Songwriters Circle were brought together for the first performance by Kontra Roots in Northampton in February 2013.

 

by Pete Christie

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

 
by Pete Christie

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.

2 British singer songwriters acoustic guitarists with loop station | effects play Surrey

July 14th, 2012

Pete Christie and Paul Liddell at Farncombe Cavern Surrey

‎28 September at 08:00 at The Farncombe Cavern

live music event poster of Pete Christie and Paul Liddell at Farncombe Cavern in Surrey

 

Paul Liddell is coming down from Sunderland. The last time we performed together was in April, in Northampton at Kontra Roots. It’s going to be a great night! We are two hard working British singer songwriters, acoustic guitarists with loop station / effects and our own unique guitar techniques.

 

Pete Christie
Isle of Purbeck, Dorset

 

Paul Liddell
Sunderland

Paul’s current album is ‘Milestones  And Motorways’: proudly a home-made and independent release.

 

Paul Liddell is an absolute Master of the loop station… I’m dead chuffed he’ll be my special guest at The Farncombe Cavern on Friday 20th July… REALLY looking forward to what should be a GREAT night

 

Pete Christie video ‘Easy Come Easy Go’ filmed at BBC Brighton

 

You can check out a recent Paul Liddell video

 

Ghost of Tom Joad – (Rage Against The Machine cover) – Paul Liddell – Ont’ Sofa

 

 

A great live music venue in Surrey

This great purpose built music venue is hosted bymusician drummer, music enthusiast and thoroughly lovely bloke Andy Moore

 

The sound engineer is Stuart Skyisfallin McAlpine

 

The Farncombe Cavern is a regular live entertainment venue, situated above the Freeholders Public House in St. John’s Street, Farncombe, Godalming, Surrey.   01483 416741

 

The Farncombe Cavern is an intimate and comfortable venue, with a capacity of about 110 with a mix of seating and standing.

 

Tickets are available for the Pete Christie live music event at Farncombe Cavern from Skiddle

£8 in advance or £10 on the door

‘Guitar guru’ headlined at Kontra Roots, Northampton

March 10th, 2012

What a great compliment from the organisers at Kontra Roots in Northampton, to be called a “Guitar Guru”.

 

Kontra is at Kennedy’s Bar in Irthlingborough Road, Finedon and run by Kevin Buxton and Geoff Bland; great guys who make music their life and help share it with others.

up side down guitar growing roots logo for Kontra Roots Club

KONTRA ROOTS is an informal non-profit making organisation dedicated to promoting quality acoustic roots music in the Northamptonshire area and beyond. It founded and organises the legendary KONTRA ROOTS CLUB, as well as THE FINEDON SESSIONS concert venue, and in addition supplies acts for several first-rate venues in the area.

a collage of all the musicians who played on the same bill as Pete Christie

 

Musicians who played at  Kontra Roots at Club Kennedy’s Bar in Northampton on 27.01.2012  were Fred’s House, from Cambridge; some beautiful guitar playing from Jonny Martin; Kevin Buxton on his expressive harmonicas; Paul de Gallier being subtle on the cajon; Headline was Pete Christie – Purbeck singer-songwriter Folk Musician from Dorset.

 

To top it off, just down the road they have the best chippie in Northampton and Kevin Buxton extended his personal hospitality to an out of town itinerant balladeer, for the night. Thank you!

 

It’s all about the great people you meet whilst at a music event and here were some of the finest, audience and musicians, all in one room.

 

Luckily, there are 3 more special upcoming music events being organised by Kevin Buxton, that Pete Christie will be attending, in April. This time Paul Liddell will also be there, instead of being spoken kindly about by the Kontra Roots audience.

Pete Christie and Paul Liddell have been on the same bill a few times over the years and it is always great fun.

 

Friday, April 27th 2012 Pete Christie Northamptonshire Kontra Roots Club
Saturday, April 28th 2012 Pete Christie Market Harborough Joules Yard
Sunday, April 29th 2012 Pete Christie Market Harborough Joules Yard

 

Really looking forward to playing at Joules Yard in Market Harborough