Posts Tagged ‘‘live music Northampton’’

Westcountry Songwriters Circle - harmonies, melodies and a capella

May 6th, 2013

Three-part vocal harmony from Westcountry Songwriters Circle

 

In the folk-acoustic singer-songwriter tradition, Westcountry Songwriters Circle entertained the audience with songs and acoustic guitar music from a variety of styles incorporating political, social, philosophical, and literary influences.
 
The signature song for Westcountry Songwriters Circle is ‘Westcountry Love Song’,  with words and music by Jinder and accompaniment from Pete Christie and Nicky Swann

 
 

 
 

The first live music event from Westcountry Songwriters Circle: Pete Christie, Jinder and Nicky Swann was at The Finedon Sessions’  quarterly acoustic roots concerts at the Finedon Community Centre, a superb characteristic listening room-style venue, situated in the town of Finedon, Northamptonshire.
 
Westcountry Songwriters Circle re traveling performers performing in public venues, art centres and theatres throughout the UK; one such upcoming event is at Joules Yard and Eating House

 

WEST COUNTRY SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE
 
Saturday 21 September 2013    |    20:00 – 23:00 

 
“…Featuring three of the UK’s top singer-songwriters – Jinder, Nicky Swann & Pete Christie…”
 
www.jinder.co.uk / www.nickyswann.com / www.petechristie.co.uk
 
Saturday night music events at Joules Yard features a mix of the very best local folk, blues, roots, plus some of the finest acoustic acts from across the UK. Joules Yard is also well known for their special menu of inexpensive quality meals.

 
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

On the road with West Country Songwriters Circle Special

February 5th, 2013

What a fantastic live music night at Finedon Community Centre

A former Methodist Church in Northampton, with amazing acoustics and a great sound desk / engineer Geoff Bland – perfect for musicians!! Compere and Master of Ceremonies was Kevin Buxton courtesy of Kontra Roots and Finedon Sessions.

The whole concept of  the Westcountry Songwriters’ Circle Special was very well received by the audience and we have been invited back for a repeat performance at Joules Yard in Market Harborough on 21st September 2013.

 

Pete Christie, Jinder and Nicky Swann on stage

 

Westcountry Songwriters’ Circle Special with

Pete Christie Facebook

Phil Jinder Dewhurst Facebook
http://www.jinder.co.uk/

Nicky Swann Facebook
http://www.nickyswann.com/

Chesk out more images in a Facebook album

 

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.

It’s all about the audience

January 4th, 2013

It’s all about the audience!! New Year’s greetings for 2013

 
 

Pete Christie on stage in front of an enthusiatic audience

It’s all about the audience!!


 
 

Thanks to all the great UK live music venues I got to play at in 2012;
Mostly I have been concentrating on Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, London, Surrey, Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire.

 

Looking forward to launching my new English songs at live music venues in 2013; local, national or global :0)

 

I’m always on Tour 
with handmade guitars!!

‘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