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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.

‘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