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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…”

 

Thanks to Russell Hill at Maverick Magazine and Express FM for his supportand Rock music

October 11th, 2012

Here is a recap of some of the splendid reviews Russell Hill at Maverick Magazine has written about Pete Christie Music

with a link to the recent Express FM podcast and images from the Artist Interview earlier this year.

Thank you Russell for his support of my Folk Roots Country and Rock music!!!

 

93.7 Express FM

Russell Hill’s Country Music Show on 93.7 Express FM feat. Pete Christie. 11th March 2012 By RussellHill 93.7 Express FM

 

Mixcloud podcast of Pete Christie on Russell Hill’s Country Music Show

with plenty of mentions of Bemis :0)

 

Pete Christie (www.petechristie.co.uk) performing live and talking about his music in the studio on Russell Hill’s Country Music Show on 11th March 2012. You can tune in on Sundays 12pm-2pmGMT on www.expressfm.com or on 93.7 FM.Express FM: Portsmouth’s Only Radio Station.

The Other Side

By Pete Christie

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Ballad Of An Ordinary Man

By Pete Christie

2
Waiting In The Wings

By Pete Christie

3
“Normal Shade Of Blue”

By Pete Christie

4
Looking Out My Back Door

Buy

By Creedence Clearwater Revival

5
“A Load Of Old Billy”

By Pete Christie

6
Big River

By Lemmy

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“Katy Too”

By Johnny Cash

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“Down South Juking”

By Lynyrd Skynyrd

9
Saturday Night Special

Buy

By Lynyrd Skynyrd

10
If…

By Vixvox

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My Old Friend The Blues

By Pete Christie

12
“Swanage In February”

By Pete Christie

13
Folsom Prison Blues

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By Johnny Cash

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Images of Pete Christie and Russell Hill on The Country Music Show 93.7 Express FM
 
 

Maverick Magazine

The voice of country, folk, bluegrass and roots music

 

Artist interview ‘Taking You There With His Songs’ in Maverick Magazine by Russell Hill

 to see Pete in action is a gig to savour and remember

Maverick Magazine – 4 star review of Pete Christie’s album ‘Live at Mr Kyps’ by Russell Hill

Solo and outrageously done, this live album demonstrates what an unsung talent Pete Christie is…….Performed with just an acoustic guitar at the Poole venue (Mr Kyps), he gives a master class into how to use his chosen instrument stupendously…..strengthens his cause to be regarded as an awesome artist in his own right……..one of the UK’s finest acts

Maverick Magazine – 4 star review of Pete Christie’s album ‘Frank’, by Russell Hill

one of the best guitar pickers I have heard for some time

Linkedin Recommendation – Russell Hill, Music article contributor, Maverick Magazine

“I have interviewed Pete Christie for Maverick magazine and found him to be a downright, decent artist who knows how to pick a damn fine tune and sing like a God. If you want a great night of music, check out Pete Christie.” June 5, 2011

Russell Hill and Pete Christie at Express FM Radio in Portsmouth

British singer songwriter in transatlantic session | song lyrics ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’

June 24th, 2012

Pete Christie is always happy to play his songs when his audience requests them; so when MJ Patterson requested ‘Nomal Shade of Blue’ on Pete’s Facebook page, Pete was happy to oblige. However, MJ was in North America, so they had to set up a transatlantic session at the Live Music gig in Dorset.

Pete Christie singing one of his original songs Normal Shade Of Blue

Photo courtesy of David Coombs, Portsmouth UK.

You can find the song lyrics to ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ below.

Pete Christie was playing the first live music gig at The Parkstone Pub, Poole, Dorset, which is under new management with Tammy and her Team. After a 3 hour set plus encores, Pete and other musician friends went back for a jam session.

Gives a whole new meaning to being a session musician. Can’t have too much of a good thing!


Mj Patterson

Sunday, 10 June 2012 at 06:17

A big shout of thanks out to the amazing Pete Christie who played a transatlantic gig this evening all the way to Halifax Nova Scotia and to Al BikerWeasel for making it possible. xxx

Pete calls his British style of music ‘Anglicana’, others call it Acoustic Folk and Roots.


Song Lyrics to ‘Normal Shade of Blue’ by British singer songwriter, acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, Pete Christie.

 
 

I’m standing in a bar in downtown Nowhere

Staring at a girl I thought was you

When she turned her head, she was someone else instead

And I went back to living in my normal shade of blue

 

So I shared some conversation with the barman

Just to see what he might have to say

Then we drank a toast, to the things we miss the most

Always seems to be the ones we let slip away

 

Then I think of you, like I always do

Though you’re out of sight

Are you safe and warm, lying in somebody’s arms

Or are you missing me tonight

 

I’m drinking coffee-flavoured water in a service station

2 am, and I’ve got a hundred miles to go

You can only get so far, with a suitcase and guitar

Seems the more I understand, the less I really know

 

So I think of you, like I always do

Though you’re out of sight

Are you safe and warm, lying in somebody’s arms

Or are you missing me tonight

 

I’ll keep holding on, it’s all that I can do

Till all hope has gone, I’ll still hold on to you

 

So I guess I’d better get my act together

And get out here and try and sing some songs

Down from off the fence, back in present tense

Still trying to figure out, where it all went wrong

 

So I think of you, like I always do

Though you’re out of sight

Are you safe and warm, lying in somebody’s arms

Or are you missing me tonight

 

I think of you, like I always do

You know you’d be all right

You’d be safe and warm, if you were lying in my arms

Never have to face another lonely night.

Listen to Pete Christie singing ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ on SoundCloud.

 

Thee are also 3 other original songs to hear of Pete Christie’s on SoundCloud:

‘Waiting In The Wings’.

‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’.

Instrumental ‘A Load Of Old Billy’

 

There is a YouTube video to watch of Pete Christie singing ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ Live, filmed at Mr Kyps, Poole, Dorset.

 

Maverick Magazine – 4 star review of Pete Christie’s album ‘Live at Mr Kyps’ by Russell Hill

“…Performed with just an acoustic guitar at the Poole venue, Pete Christie gives a master class into how to use his chosen instrument stupendously…”

 

“…one of the UK’s finest acts…”

Radio play: Live Sessions, Online radio stations, Cloudcast, UK and USA

April 8th, 2012

Lots of good radio play lately!

singer songwriter, guitarist, folk, roots and country

ScrubRadio.com, FolkRise, Express FM The Country Music Show, The Ark radio show. Bob’s Folk Show, What The Folk Is That? Stafford FM, Hot Radio 102.8 FM, Hermitage FM Folk.

Thanks for the exposure!

 

Russell Hill and Pete Christie in a live session on the Express FM Country Music Show

Sparky ShockPop
on ScrubRadio.com with Sparky
Miami, Florida / Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA

Support Indie Artists, All indie music and only indie music

11A EST (4P GMT) on Just Good People: Pete Christie! Toy Horses! The Willows! & more!!

Scrub Radio is an Internet Radio Station devoted to giving extra exposure and air play to great Independent Recording Artists. With Artists and DJs from all over the world and genres ranging from Hip Hop to Rock, Pop to Metal and Country to Punk, Scrub Radio knows no bounds.

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UK Folk Music

FolkRise’s Cloudcast on http://Mixcloud.com

via Mixcloud
FolkRise 008 March 2012
http://www.mixcloud.com/UKFolkMusic_FolkRise/folkrise-008-march-2012/

In this programme they feature well known and lesser known artists from all around the UK. They have had some more great tracks sent to us via our Soundcloud Dropbox and albums in the post and we have selected some fantastic music.

 

UK Folk Music web directory for Folk Music | Festivals | Concerts | Folk Clubs | Performers | Traders | Traditional Dance | Folk Dance | FolkRise podcast.

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Express FM The Country Music Show on air with Russell Hill in Portsmouth

Had a great live radio interview with Russell Hill from Maverick Magazine in a LIVE SESSION with Pete Christie from 12 till 2pm this Sunday on Express FM 93.7

Full event details

Pete always has a few surprises for his audience. This time it was 2 never to be released songs and a new instrumental.

Russell on Twitter @RussHillcountry

The Country Music Show on Express FM on Facebook

RussellHill MaverickMagazine on Facebook

  More images in Pete Christie and Russell Hill on The Country Music Show album

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Radio Wey, Chertsey

The Ark radio show. Bob’s Folk Show

Presenter – Bob Meyer

Tuesdays 9pm till 11pm

He plays all kinds of folk music, acoustic blues, Roots, and Americana; Bob has great live acts on the show most weeks.

Neil King editor FATEA, dedicated to the Acoustic Spectrum was on the show and played Pete Christie ‘Ballad  Of An Ordinary Man’ from the FATEA Sessions Spring 12 Album ‘Walking’.

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Radio Staffordshire FM

What The Folk Is That? Stafford FM’s very own folk show

Gary Hazlehurst

Monday 8:00pm | 10:00pm

Gary will play a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk with music from artists such as Show of Hands, Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Kate Rusby, John Tams and many more.

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Pete Christie Live Session with Daniel Roth on Hot Radio 102.8 at Bournemouth Football Stadium

http://www.hot1028.com/

Hot Radio – Your local radio station for Poole and Bournemouth on 102.8 FM & online at www.hot1028.com

Daniel Roth is a Freelance Radio Presenter and Producer. Currently presenting the Sunday Breakfast show and the Saturday Retro Hot Mix for Hot Radio!

Pete Christie and Daniel Roth in a live session on Hot Radio

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Hermitage FM Folk Programme in Leicestershire

The Hermitage Folk Team are Pat Noon, Chris Sweeney, Terri Eynon & John Legrys. We each take turns in hosting the show with tracks from our own collections to give you the widest spectrum of traditional & contemporary folk music. They make a point for promoting local and regional artists – with a filling of national and international acts!

The playlist for Hermitage Folk on 99.2 Hermitage FM in N W Leicestershire

Presenter Chris Sweeney Sunday evening 6-8pm

Frustrated DJ and folkie from his teenage years onwards, this is his first attempt at regular broadcasting.  His taste in music?  Well it all started with Fairport Convention…

Hermitage Folk Playlist – Thursday March 29th 2012

Great to hear Pete Christie’s ”Ballad of an Ordinary Man’ on the same bill as  Fairport Convention.

Pete Christie does an amazing version of Richard Thompson’s ‘Beeswing’.

Great gig shouts for upcoming music events in Market Harborough and Northamptonshire later in the month “…and based on this track would be worth going to see him…”

 

The Cellars at Eastney headline – love this place!

January 4th, 2012

 

Wednesday, January 25th 2012

pete christie
with special guests bemis

 

 

 

The Cellars

56 Cromwell Road
Southsea
Hampshire
PO4 9PN

 

 ** Tickets £6 Adv.

 

It is hard to recall how many South of England gigs and Festivals have featured Bemis and Pete Christie or Pete Christie and Bemis; enough times for Pete to be known as the ‘unofficial 5th member of Bemis’ and to appear on their recent albums.

It’s an easy relationship with a shared love of great music and beautiful harmonies, and totally natural stage chemistry.

 

The Cellars is home turf for Bemis in Southsea – (one of the best venues on the circuit, with a superb sound and a listening and appreciative audience), and Pete has appeared not only as a “guest” with them, but also with Derrin Nauendorf and most recently, Rory Ellis.

 

The Cellars has been an oasis for musicians over the years, and some great collaborations have been formed backstage, as this performance will no doubt prove!

 

  Facebook event

Gig Shouts

Express FM Country Music Show

BBC Introducing The South

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil Jackson
BBC Introducing:
 The South
7-9pm Sunday evenings
BBC S
ussex and BBC Surrey & BBC Radio Solent
Listen in Brighton on 95.3 FM
Listen in Sussex & Surrey 104-104.8 FM
Listen in Solent & Hampshire on 96.1 FM
Listen in Dorset on 103.8 FM
Listen on-line
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Listen on-line www.bbc.co.uk/surrey
Listen on-line www.bbc.co.uk/hampshire
Listen on-line www.bbc.co.uk/dorset

Linkedin recommendations 2011 “Thank you very much!”

January 1st, 2012

Pete Christie Linkedin

 

Redvers Bailey Promoter Half Moon London

hired Pete as a Musician many times since 2006

“I love Pete Christie. A great man, a great musician and songwriter.” October 12, 2011

Top qualities: Great Results, High Integrity, Creative

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Tim HeywoodPresenter & Producer, Journalist, Hope FM

“Pete is an entertaining performer, adapting either to an intensely listening audience (which he prefers – who wouldn’t) or to a busy, noisy pub crowd where he is the human jukebox sitting in the corner.
He’s lively and full of anecdotes, while the music can be haunting, engaging, slapstick and /or raucous, depending on mood, atmosphere and environment.
A Pete Christie concert is always memorable, enjoyable and good.” June 8, 2011

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Xan PhillipsBroadcaster and journalist, Xan Phillips

“It was a pleasure to interview Pete, he was very professional and gave some insightful answers to some tough questions. Of course the main reason to interview him was his songs which can still a room of chattering souls.” June 6, 2011

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Rebecca Fludgate ACIMDolfin Music, Gig guide, unsigned bands, live music event

“Pete Christie is a wonderfully talented acoustic singer/songwriter. I have watched him perform and written a review of his album “Frank”.” June 5, 2011

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Russell HillMusic article contributor, Maverick magazine

“I have interviewed Pete Christie for Maverick magazine and found him to be a downright, decent artist who knows how to pick a damn fine tune and sing like a God. If you want a great night of music, check out Pete Christie.” June 5, 2011

Artist interview ‘Taking You There With His Songs’ in Maverick Magazine by Russell Hill

August 12th, 2010


Maverick Magazine
The voice of country, folk, bluegrass and roots music
Issue 97 August 2010

Based in Bournemouth and recently released his latest album FRANK, solo artist Pete Christie is one of the finest pickers of an acoustic guitar around. His first band was with The Skavengers in 1979, and it was during that time that they went into the BBC where they managed to blag their way into meeting Mike Reid and John Peel separately and got them to play their music on their shows separately over the course of the next week.

Now performing solo in several gigs a month, I asked him first how did he get into playing the guitar?

“Before my grandmother came back from her holiday when I was about thirteen or fourteen she asked if she could bring something back for me. I said ‘Could you pick me up a guitar?’ We went to get her from the station and she got off the train carrying a bright blue guitar that looked hideous. It was almost unplayable but I found by jamming a piece of Lego under the neck I could play it.”

I wondered why Pete performs solo? “When [The Skavengers] broke up, as all good bands invariably do, I went back to the acoustic guitar and found that I’d grown” Pete told me. “I reckoned I could play better and I thought ‘I just spent ten or so years paying out for vans, for big PA’s, lighting rigs, roadies and all this nonsense’. I thought it was great to strip it down and minimalise everything with just me, a small PA and a very unplugged sound. And then from that was where I got to today.”

Pete Christie at Music & Merriment Festival 2009

Of his last two albums FRANK and LIVE AT MR KYPS, all but three songs have been written by Pete and I queried him about his writing style. “You sit down with a guitar and you noodle about. Just fiddle about with a few ideas in your head and words in your mind or some lyrics you might have jotted down whilst driving in the middle of the night” Pete replied. “You might even have a line in your head and it sticks. When you pick the guitar up, you might take that line and it grows.”

Back in the 1980’s Pete had a songwriting contract and I wondered how that went.

“It was a good deal but unfortunately they wanted me to write songs that they wanted me to write songs about. I kept saying ‘I can’t really do that’. I can’t write a song that says John Loves Mary. I’m not that sort of a songwriter” Pete says enthusiastically.

“Sometimes a song will take years to finish. If I’m not happy I can’t let it go. If I’ve got an ugly rhyme or something that makes me cringe I won’t take the song out [on the road] until it’s finished. Sometimes they take years.”

I wondered why Pete chooses to self release his albums? “I had a bit of a falling out with someone who was producing a song of mine and I said ‘Well, you’re just taking all the feel out of the song’. This is where it suddenly occurred to me that the only person who I wanted to produce my music was me” said Pete in a serious but jovial tone. “I’m not that technically minded but I know what I want to end up with. And if I’ve got a guy in the studio who I can talk to and get on with between us we can find what I’m trying to get. It’s not a commercial thing.”

And his intended reaction from the general public? “I don’t want people to go ‘That’s nice’. I want people to say ‘I hate that’ or ‘that’s the worst song I’ve ever heard. I didn’t like that at all mate’. That to me is what it’s about” Pete told me. “You’ve got to provoke a reaction, not just have the bland, Radio 2 middle of the road opinion. I’m really annoyed about mid stream. If you’re in the middle of a stream, you’re bobbing along with all this other stuff. I want to
be along the edges bumping along the bank. If you’re in the middle of a stream, you’re going along with flow. I want to get on in the edges. Stay out of the middle.”

With FRANK being played on BBC Radio Solent, such as by Sally Taylor and in front of a studio panel on Phil Jackson’s programme, I asked Pete how great this exposure has been for him?

“Absolutely marvellous. I went along to the panel and these guys come on [Phil Jackson’s show] afterwards. I thought ‘They’re going to rip me apart’. And they all, without fail, just zeroed straight in on what I’m all about. Every single one of those guys I owe them a debt of gratitude because I felt at last someone knew what I was going on about. And it made me feel more comfortable with what I’m doing. That’s always important because if everyone is criticising you every day you tend to lose your confidence a bit.”

In his last two albums, Bob Dylan’s Not Dark Yet are in the track listing. How important to Pete has he been?

“Massive. I try and keep away from covers unless they mean something to me. Then I’ll do it but do it my own way. I don’t mean that because I don’t like the original. When I start playing it I’ll begin and see how it turns out. He [Dylan] has that ability to make something so ordinary sound so deep. And he moves me! Some of his stuff is just visual. One of the guys said [on Phil Jackson’s programme] ‘the sign of a good song is you can see what the guy’s singing about. It takes you there’. And that’s what I strive for. Most people say to me ‘I know exactly what you mean. I’ve done that. I’ve been there’. Result.”

And what does the future hold for Pete? “For the next twelve to eighteen months I want to do another album and getting further afield. I’m trying to do South by South West just for the hell of doing it. That’s why I do things. I do it for the hell of it. I’m not looking to be a pop star” mentions Pete passionately. “To get paid to stand up in front of people and make contact with them in a place you’ve never been to in your life and by the end of the night you’ve got a room full of friends can’t get much better than that.”

With regular gigs happening across Southern UK over the next few months, to see Pete in action is a gig to savour and remember. Be sure to check out his websites http://www.petechristie.co.uk and http://www.myspace.com/petechristie where you can see and hear for yourself what a talented guy he is and how lucky we are for having him.


Russell Hill

russelledwardhill@hotmail.co.uk

Maverick Magazine – 4 star review of Pete Christie’s album ‘Live at Mr Kyps’ by Russell Hill

May 26th, 2010

Maverick Magazine
The voice of country, folk, bluegrass and roots music
Issue 95 June 2010

Pete Christie
‘LIVE AT MR KYPS’

Self Released
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Solo and outrageously done, this live album demonstrates what an unsung talent Pete Christie is.
Bournemouth based singer-songwriter Pete Christie first started performing in 1979 with his 3-piece ska-rock band the Skavengers.
This nine track album which rightly shows his ability to pick an awesome tune is delightful from start to finish.

Performed with just an acoustic guitar at the Poole venue, he gives a master class into how to use his chosen instrument stupendously, as all but two of these tracks are written by Pete himself.
‘Not Enough’ is one of Pete’s own compositions, and has a sparse sound that features some excellent picking throughout. With some hypnotic singing and frenetic strumming at the end, this song is simply astonishing.

One of the tracks which isn’t written by Pete is Bob Dylan’s ‘Not Dark Yet’. It takes a daring soul to try and upstage any version which Dylan releases, and here Pete gives it his all in a song which by no means harms Pete’s credentials as one of the UK’s finest acts, but strengthens his cause to be regarded as an awesome artist in his own right.

If you haven’t seen Pete live, please rectify this by going to one of his upcoming performances. His music is good for the soul, and when you see him perform live you’ll leave his gig with a wide smile on your face for days due to the superb musical quality you have just witnessed.

RH

Russell Hill        russelledwardhill@hotmail.co.uk

Live at Mr Kyps - CD

Maverick Magazine – 4 star review of Pete Christie’s album ‘Frank’, by Russell Hill

April 26th, 2010

Maverick Magazine
The voice of country, folk, bluegrass and roots music
Issue 94 May 2010

Pete Christie
Frank
Self Released
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There is so much to enjoy about this album that it would take an age to
list them all.

Based in Bournemouth and one of the best guitar pickers I have heard
for some time, this second solo album from the former member of the
Skavengers is delightful to say the least.

The only track not written by Pete is ‘Not Dark Yet’. Originally written
by Bob Dylan, it is sparse in its sound but as mighty a song if ever
I’ve heard one. The electric guitar makes this track a sleeping giant,
and I’m sure Dylan would not object to this version, as Pete performs it
so damn well.

One tune which is Pete’s own is ‘Waiting in the Wings’. The guitar
picking is not run-of-the-mill at all and with the occasional minimalist
sound joined by the Band of the Royal British Legion Christchurch, this
is one song I would certainly enjoy hearing live.

Prior to hearing this record, I did not know of Pete. When
singer-songwriters as good and talented as this are gigging continuously
around the UK throughout the year, it makes you want to travel
extraordinary distances just to see what they have to say and sing
about.

RH

Russell Hill        russelledwardhill@hotmail.co.uk