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October 16th, 2016

August and September were full of music festivals

 

Wickham Music Festival

 
Pete Christie leaving Wickham Music Festival
 

Bankes Arms Studland Festival

 

Music from Pete Christie at Bankes Arms Studland Festival
 

Music and Merriment Festival at Spetisbury Rings

 
Pete Christie on stage at Music and Merriment Festival
 

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

 
Pete Christie on the Fire Stage at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival
 

Swanage Folk Festival

 
Full day of music and MCing at Swanage Folk Festival
 

Summer of Live Music Events

August 15th, 2015

Always great to perform outdoors in Summer

Just can’t always guarantee it will be warm…better keep my hat on!

 

At The Boot Inn in Weymouth…always a great audience!

Great live music party in Weymouth

Purbeck Folk Festival 2013 - Best Countryside Festival

August 24th, 2013

Playing at Purbeck Folk Festival again on Saturday night!!

22:20 – 23:00 on the Fire Stage

 

Pete Christie performing on the Fire Stage at Purbeck Folk Festival 2013

Lowden O10

Purbeck Folk Festival 2013 recently won Best Countryside Festival Award

 

“…fabulous music,
idyllic hill-farm setting,
laid back atmosphere…”

 

Purbeck Folk Festival is in its fifth year, with a great Lineup again; impressively the headliner on Sunday is BBC Folk Award winners Show of Hands.

 
 

Credit to the organisers and Festival director Paul Burke, who also runs the
Bournemouth Folk Club. Playing there next month with Westcountry Songwriters Circle on 29 September.

 

Nice touch this year as local residents (BH19 postcodes) can come and enjoy the festival for FREE on Friday 23 August.
That would be at the bottom of my garden then!

 
 

Other than the Purbeck Folk Festival, there are also a few other music events I like to perform at on The Isle of Purbeck, such as the Square and Compass, Bankes Arms Beer and Music Festival in Studland, The Ship Inn in Langton Matravers for my neighbours and The Black Swan in Swanage.

 
 

Map of music events Pete Christie performs at on The Isle of Purbeck

Map of Music Events Pete Christie performs at on the Isle of Purbeck

 
 

Purbeck Folk Festival covers the broader definition of folk music and you can hear the music from all around the world. There’s something for everyone! The festival gives the young finalists from Radio 2’s young folk awards a chance to play, internationally known artists and the best of Dorset’s local music scene. Check out the image gallery from The Purbeck Folk Festival in 2012

 

The location of Purbeck Folk Festival 2013 is Wilkswood Farm, a working sheep farm in Langton Matravers in the rolling hills of Dorset. on the beautiful Jurassic coast.

 

The Purbeck Folk Festival 2013 is on for 3 days 23 to 25 August Bank Holiday weekend 2013
Opening times (festival arena) are Thursday 6pm to late on Sunday.

Hope the weather stays nice!

 
by Pete Christie

Original English song ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ acc. Francesca Milner

November 17th, 2012

Performing ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ acc. by Bournemouth musician Francesca Milner on keyboard and vocals @ Solid Air

Performed on the handmade Lowden O10; the acoustic guitar ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ was written on, @ Solid Air run by Conrad Barr at The Cellar Bar, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK

‘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.


There are a number of versions of ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ out there;

 

Audiences often request this song and I recently did a real time transatlantic version of ‘Normal Shade Of Blue‘ at a gig for a lady in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada, which inspired me to the add the lyics to this website for her.

 

There is a live event version of ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ performed at Mr Kyps played on my David Oddy sunburst dreadnought in 2006

 

A 2010 studio version from the album ‘Frank’ on Soundcloud

 

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.

 

I rather like the filming that Dan Bridge did at BBC Introducing: The South Live session in Brighton with Phil Jackson a couple of years ago. Dan uploaded the video to Vimeo

 

On the homepage of this website is a version filmed at conversion live (clive #7) garden party 2011; I’m very happy with the sound quality of that live recording

 

And of course I play ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ on Radio shows like Russell Hill’s Country Music Show on 93.7 Express FM


Reviewers often make mention to  ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’:

 

BBC Radio South Live’s Phil Jackson – Pete Christie on BBC Phil Jackson South Live Demo Panel on BBC Introducing reviewed ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ 11_04_2010 as part of their South: Live showcases unsigned musicians. Quoted about the song and their perception of my approach to music :

 

– 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.

 

Tom Semioli in Minor 7th

“…Normal Shade of Blue” is a bona fide tear-jerker…”

 

The FATEA review of the album Frank plays ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ on their site.

 

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…”

 

pete christie thank you gig at the square & compass isle of purbeck

September 18th, 2012

pete christie at the square & compass

worth matravers, isle of purbeck, dorset

thurs 20th september 2012

a “thank-you” gig for good friends
a “hello” gig for new friends
all welcome

free entry 8:45 – 11:00

 

Pete Christie – Black, White, and 50 Shades of Grey – Review by FATEA

August 30th, 2012

Review of Pete Christie’s performance on the Fire Stage at the Purbeck Folk Festival 2012 by Neil King Editor of FATEA Magazine.

 Pete Christie on the Fire Stage at Purbeck Folk Festival 2012 by Neil King, Editor FATEA Magazine

Next up is on the Fire Stage is Pete Christie. Pete is a singer songwriter that I’ve long admired. He’s got the common touch in terms of his song writing. His songs portray an attitude of dogged determination and have plenty of character.

Some of his material definitely falls into the protest singer category, but others also have a far more personal touch, symbolising an individual’s inner struggle and their relationships with people and society around them offering a counterpoint to songs coming more about society.

 

Pete always gives off the vibe of a musician totally absorbed in what they are doing on stage, coming out of it to talk to the audience between songs. He plays his songs very much live, meaning that even the songs of his you think you’re familiar with may well throw you on the day. It’s also a set that sits on the cusp between night and day and that’s a good metaphor for the performance, the clarity of daylight dwindles and the uncertainty of the night begins to take hold. Issues aren’t black and white, events tend to be impacted by what’s in the shadows and Pete’s songs reflect that well.

 

This is a performance to savour, one to take onboard and definitely one to experience, Purbeck Folk festival has chosen it’s acts well.

 

 

 

FATEA offer a number of Services News & Features Reviews Releases Live Gig & Festival guide and acoustic spectrum radio show.

 

 

Pete Christie performing at Purbeck Folk Festival 2012

August 1st, 2012

The Purbeck Folk Festival takes place literally yards away from my garden, at Wilkswood Farm in Langton Matravers, near Swanage, in Dorset. According to Google, I am one  of a select number of  ‘Isle of Purbeck Folk musicians‘ and happily, this year, not only am I performing twice at the festival, but I am very proud to have been given the privilege of opening the acoustic stage on Friday 24th August.

Pete Christie on the Isle of Purbeck with his hand made Lowden O10 guitar in hand

The Purbeck Folk Festival was started in 2009 and is run by Paul Burke and Catherine Burke, who run Bournemouth Folk Club and Phil Watkins and Mick Callaghan from Centre Stage, a popular music venue in Bournemouth.

 

Purbeck Folk Festival is a family friendly event for 1,500, held in three big barns, on a working farm, set in the Purbeck Hills, with fabulous views across Swanage Bay.

Purbeck Folk Festival covers the broader definition of folk and world music, focussing on quality music. The festival line-up always includes some of the best young folk artists, national bands, some internationally known artists and the best of Dorset’s local music scene.  There are more than 30 top folk, roots and world music acts,  including acclaimed singer-songwriter KT Tunstall to headline the festival.

I am performing on the Main Stage – Long Barn Stage at 7pm on Friday 24 August and by all accounts this is the main stage.

TIME CHANGE :Then performing again on Saturday 25 August on the Fire Stage at 7.40pm

 

Tickets prices and details

 

Ship Inn, Langton Matravers, Purbeck

March 3rd, 2012

Pete Christie performing at the Ship Inn, in Langton Matravers on The Isle of Purbeck

FATEA Showcases Pete Christie Dorset Folk Musician sings ‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’

February 5th, 2012

FATEA Showcases

 

Fatea Showcase Session Spring 12:Walking

 

The Fatea Showcases album is now available for a three month period at no cost, feel free to help yourselves and share it

 

http://www.fatea-showcase-sessions.co.uk/

The Fatea Showcase Sessions are designed to provide greater exposure to artists that have impressed the Fatea team. Some are already signed, others are carving a solo trail, releasing songs on their own labels, all are dedicated to their music

 

Fatea Showcase Session Download Spring 12 – Walking which went live on February 1st. is proud to announce the following line-up:

 

01. Merry Hell – Drunken Serenade
02. L.A. Salami – We’ll Solve It After
03. Richard Kitson – Robin Hood’s Bay
04. The Willows – Absent Friends
05. Hannah James & Sam Sweeney – On Yonder Hill There Sits A Hare
06. David Youngs – In Sabina (Portland Strubel)
07. Pete Christie – Ballad Of An Ordinary Man
08. Tri – Morning Dew/MacArthur Road
09. Sproatly Smith – Blackthorn Winter
10. Holika – Corner Of A Circle
11. Robert Brown – Lord Franklin
12. Fran Milner – A Feeling
13. Rapunzel & Sedayne – Katy Kay/Katie Cruel
14. Blueflint – High Country
15. Duotone – Alphabet
16. Black Peak – Prodigy
17. Dylan Walshe – Your Belly Not Mine

 

A massive thanks to Neil King, Editor FATEA, for all his dedication to live music, production and promoting musicians.

 

 

Pete Christie, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset Folk Musician sings

‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’ at Dancing Ledge, Purbeck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Touring Year

December 31st, 2011

Pete Christie in the recording studio playing an electric guitar