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25th Swanage Blues Festival

January 29th, 2016

25th Swanage Blues Festival to take place in March 2016

Playing the blues

Swanage Blues is a not for profit organisation, that twice a year brings a lot of exciting live music to Swanage; in March and October, thousands of blues music fans turn the town into a mini New Orleans.

 

A wristband for £10 gives access to the live music events throughout the town. The festival is still free really but people kindly buy at least one weekend wristband for £10 to help cover costs of organising Swanage Blues Festival. We can thank Steve Darrington for all that great work!

 

It is a top festival and I’ve played for a few years now and it always affords me a chance to catch up with people I haven’t seen for a while, or who come back to every festival. Playing 2 sets is fun; both of which are quite different and give me loads of space to explore the bluesy side of the acoustic guitar.

 

Swanage Blues Festival is on 3, 4, 5, 6 March 2016. I will be performing on Friday 4th March at 6pm and then again at 8.15pm.

It is recommended to book in advance, as Tawny’s is one of the venues that puts on both music and great food.

Address: 52 High St, Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset BH19 2NX

Phone:01929 422781

 

Swanage Blues Festival Dorset

September 29th, 2015

Fun for all this weekend

 

One of the top UK live music festivals in October – bring on the Blues! Great praise to Steve Darrington for the great organisation of Swanage Blues Festival.

 

I will be performing at Tawny’s on Friday 2nd October 2015 – 2 sets: at 6pm AND 8.15pm. Always a great acoustic gig on The Isle of Purbeck; I really enjoy playing the blues!

 
Pete Christie at Swanage Blues Festival

Swanage Blues Festival 2015

March 7th, 2015

Swanage Blues Festival 2015 at Tawny’s

Back by popular demand!!

 

Having been thrown out of music lessons at the tender age of 15 for daring to suggest that Blues was a relevant form of “Folk” music, and then being told by the music teacher that I would never be a musician, I decided that I would spend my life proving that he was wrong – on both counts.
The Blues was the “Turning Point” (thanks John Mayall), and foundation stone of everything else I have written, or performed since then. For me, if the song has no meaning, relevance, or message, then it is basically just a tune with words. If you like, “Pop” – and I don’t do Pop. Never have….

 

Great Swanage Blues Festival is alwa

I am non-commercial, genre unspecific, and inclined to wander off down the fretboard just to see where it takes me. I make no apologies for my habit of crossing barriers and kicking down the flimsy walls of comparison and style constraints, in fact, I take it as a challenge!
Come to a gig and see what you think. You may be surprised by what I play, I know I will. I leave it to the feel of the occasion and the mood of the audience to guide my fingers…

 

Swanage Blues Festival is always great fun to perform at!

Tawny’s Wine Bar, at 52 High Street. Saturday 7 March 2015 – 2 sets.

Great audiences at Swanage Blues Festival

October 12th, 2014

Acoustic blues get great audience enjoyment

 

Playing both blues sets at Swanage Blues Festival on 2 nights, at 2 venues, were very different:

 

Friday 3 October at Tawny’s  was very lively and a brilliant night for a musician and audience to share…so many happy music lovers!!! Thanks to Tawny’s for the great meal and hospitality!

 

Pete Christie performing at Tawny's in Swanage

 

Saturday 4 October at Durlston Castle was much more intimate.

 

Loving the location of Durlston Castle for a venue as part of Swanage Blues Festival.

Pete Christie enjoying the venue Durlston Castle  Dorset

 

and the clever use of ‘lighting and learning’ panels covering the walls in  Seventhwave Restaurant at Durlston Castle on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset coast.

 

Pete Christie performing at Durlston Castel Swanage

Thanks to the organiser Steve Darrington.

Swanage Blues Festival 2014

October 2nd, 2014

Swanage Blues and Roots Festival 2014

 

I’m very pleased to be performing 2 acoustic blues sets on 2 nights, at 2 venues:

Friday 3 October at Tawny’s
and
Saturday 4 October at Durlston Castle

 

It was such a fun and busy blues event to play at in February and is always well attended again at the October version of the blues festival in Swanage, Dorset. Great for locals and visitors! There are a wide variety of 60 gigs going on, by 30 different acts in 15 indoor venues, with some Open Mic and Jam Sessions also.

 

The dates are throughout 2, 3, 4, 5 October, and all organised by Steve Darrington. Swanage Blues Festivals take place in March and October each year and are known as The Best Blues Parties on the South Coast! It’s times like this I really enjoy being an Isle of Purbeck Musician, fingerstyle guitarist and singer songwriter and the blues is a great way to have the audience listen and get in to the music!

Pete Christie is performing at two venues at Swanage Blues Festival

Swanage Blues Festival - Pete Christie take on the blues

February 17th, 2014

Swanage Blues Festival – expect the unexpected

 

My take on the blues is set to delight rock and blues fans with sad and mournful to infectious and stomping classics from the great blues musicians and some unexpected moodier roots, folk-esque ballads and dynamic blues riffs.
No two performances are the same, so be prepared to expect the unexpected!

 

The venue I’m performing in at Swanage Blues Festival is Tawny’s Wine Bar, at 52 High Street, on 8 March 2014. There will be two sittings, 6.00pm and 8.15pm. Conrad Barr, of Solid Air fame, called me a ‘Swanage troubadour‘; I certainly will be at Swanage Blues Festival!

 
 
Pete Chrisie doing his Blues set at Swanage Blues Festival
 
 

This festival features several different gigs with acclaimed national and international blues musicians playing at a variety of venues around the picturesque seaside town of Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, on the South West coast of England.

 

The Swanage Blues Festival first started back in 2001 and is now firmly established as one of Dorset’s great musical events. This year the Blues Festival will be on 7, 8, 9 March 2014; starting on Friday lunchtime and going on till late Sunday evening.

There will be 15 indoor venues, 30 top acts and 60 great gigs – and all for a £10.

 
Pete Christie performing at Swanage Blues Festival 2014
 

You can watch a Video from 2013’s Swanage Blues Festival with an interview with Steve Darrington the originator of the festival, Chief organiser and Boogie woogie man.

 

All sorts of styles are represented such as acoustic, electric, rural and urban blues. There are open mic sessions every afternoon and usually a Blues Steam Train ride plus dancers, street musicians, jam sessions (Saturday and Sunday), buskers, Gospel Service, and workshops.

 

All the venues are all mapped out, easy to locate and all close together.

 

It is recommended to book in advance for Tawny’s as they also serve food.

 
 
Map of Tawnys at Swanage Blues Festival where Pete Christie is playing
 
 

Organisers have had to discontinue the bucket collections due to problems with red tape, health & safety and insurance issues… so they are selling weekend wristbands instead as a pledge and a symbol of the attendees commitment these are priced at £10 for a weekend wristband. Regular fans say they love the friendly atmosphere and the wide range of electric and acoustic music available in the pubs, restaurants and hotel bars.

 
 
Pete Christie at Swanage Blues Festival poster
 
by Pete Christie