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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 - 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

Elements of Folk Concert in Yetminster Dorset

October 21st, 2013

Yetminster Fair Association; David Torrance and Philip Jubb organised a brilliant folk concert.

 

All performers on stage tigether for the finale

 

Lineup:

* Bonny Sartin of the Yetties did a sterling job as compere – with his hilarious song about rabbits

* Pete Christie – enjoying jamming and playing with everyone on stage, back stage and in the kitchen session

* Homesick Gypsy – Gypsy Folk, Jazz and moody blues:
Lead vocals and Rhythm guitar- Stef Mizrany (‘Cat’ song fun in the kitchen session)
Upright Bass- Lionel Lowe (Great Jammer)
Violin-Naomi Williams (her highlight was dueting with Tommy)
Guitar- Joe Ferdinand (great young player – got me into gypsy jazz)

* Tom McConville – ‘The Newcastle Fiddle Player’ and BBC Folk Musician of the Year 2009, warm voice and a splendid sense of humour full of delightful anecdotes with Andy Watt doing great things on his lovely handmade moon Guitar

 
 

We hear the audience rather liked us and we sold lots of albums to happy music lovers!!

“…It truly was an exceptional experience and the superlatives in the returned questionnaires are telling us how much you were all appreciated.

We knew it was going to be fun with all the jamming that went on before things started and the concert finale was certainly something to be remembered…”
David Torrance, YFA Treasurer

 

There are plenty of concert images on the Pete Christie Facebook page and some video footage of the concert finale with all singer songwriters and musicians onstage together doing an impromptu collaboration.

 

ELEMENTS OF FOLK

Held at St Andrew’s Hall, Yetminster, DT9 6LQ,
Saturday 12 October 2013, doors open 7pm.
Tickets £12.50

 

It has been a good year of folk music events; with Purbeck Folk Festival, Folk on the Quay with Alex Roberts and Andy Grant, Fiveways Folk Club and  Bournemouth Folk Club and various other folk concerts with Westcountry Songwriters Circle.

by Pete Christie

Performing in the BBC4 Songwriters Circle format

September 21st, 2013

A unique performance for the Joules Yard audience featuring three of the UK’s top singer-songwriters

 
A unique FREE performance for the Joules Yard audience featuring three of the UK’s top singer-songwriters

Westcountry Songwriters Circle is Pete Christie, Jinder and Nicky Swann; 3 independent British musicians from Dorset and South Devon, performing in the BBC4 Songwriters Circle format

 

All the performers on-stage together and take it in turns to perform their own songs, mostly accompanied by the others…”

 

An entertaining combination of Acoustic guitar, harmonies, melodies, singer songwriter songs, fingerstyle guitar and mandolin, with origins in folk, roots, ballads and blues.

 

“…It’s a great concept, works with beautiful informality, they are all not only wonderful musicians, but also highly entertaining raconteurs…”

 
 

 
 

Joules Yard & Eating House,
Rear of 53-55 High Street,
Market Harborough,
Leicestershire,
LE16 7AF

 

Next week Westcountry Songwriters Circle will be performing at Bournemouth Folk Club

 
by Pete Christie

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

Opening the Bankes Arms Beer and Music Festival in Studland

August 9th, 2013

Isle of Purbeck Musician at an Isle of Purbeck Beer and Music Festival

Isle of Purbeck Musician at an Isle of Purbeck Beer and Music Festival

I’m always glad to be back again at the Bankes Arms FestivalThere will be plenty of good party music from Jim Etherington, Blind Lemon Gliders, Chill and others, throughout the weekend.  

I’m the opening performer at the Festival at 6.30 on Thursday and then playing again on Saturday from 4pm to 6pm.  Taking the Avalon guitar with me this time and try out some new singer songwriter material!

 

Bankes Arms Studland Festival is on for 4 days; Thursday August 8th to Sunday 11th, 11am to 11pm

This is the pub’s 18th annual beer festival; it is free entrance and a very dog and children friendly festival.

 

In association with the Isle of Purbeck Brewery the festival features over 80 barrels of 200 quality cask-conditioned real ales and ciders.  The festival is hugely popular and a definite date in the beer-lover’s diary and is considered to be one of the best beer festivals in Dorset and the UK. The Live music is certainly very live and usually gets people dancing and singing along throughout the weekend. There is everything from Rock bands, acoustic, soul, Funk etc.

 

The Bankes Arms in Studland is an award-winning Dorset 15thC smugglers’ county inn, set in Studland overlooking the beautiful Purbeck coast, on top of the Studland Cliffs overlooking Old Harry Rocks. 

 

Loads of cyclists and motorists come over from Poole and Bournemouth by crossing the opening to Poole Harbour using the chain ferry at Sandbanks and travelling two miles South to Studland, or they take the A35 eastwards from Poole, then travel South along the A351 through Wareham and to Corfe, taking the B3351 at Corfe Castle to Studland.

Bankes Arms Beer Festival, Manor Road, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AU

 
by Pete Christie

Lunchtime music event at Salisbury Arts Centre

August 4th, 2013

‘Live Lunch’ is a Lunchtime acoustic music event at Salisbury Arts Centre

 

Pete Christie is always on tour with his handmade acoustic guitars

“…Original English songs ranging from Rock Folk ballads to Blues from a powerful singer songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist…”

Sun, 11 Aug 2013, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 

FREE lunchtime music event at Salisbury Arts Centre

The idea is that the audience gets to enjoy live lunch sessions, where they can listen to live music whilst enjoying a delicious meal – homemade food at affordable prices.

 

 

Pete Christie – Live Lunch

Free music is in the Cafe from 12 noon to 2pm

Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT

 

 

Salisbury Arts Centre make it their business to offer a diverse programme to appeal to varying tastes.

Based in the old St Edmund’s Church which has been thoughtfully converted to provide a number of flexible performance spaces.

@SalisburyArts on Twitter

Salisbury Arts Centre on Facebook

 
by Pete Christie

UK Roots Movement Singer Songwriters at Folk On The Quay

June 20th, 2013

Part of UK Roots Movement – Pete Christie, Alex Roberts and Andy Grant are performing together as the Headline act at Harbour Lounge, part of the ‘Folk On The Quay’ festival

 

Folk On The Quay 2013 will be at various locations along Poole Quay, in Dorset, on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2013

 

Pete Christie, Alex Roberts and Andy Grant will be participating in this music festival at 9pm Saturday 29 June 2013. Pete Christie was asked to host and headline the Harbour Lounge event and thought what great fun it would be again to get fellow UK Roots Movement musicians; Alex Roberts and Andy Grant to along also; there will be plenty of fingerstyle guitar technique, guitars and singer songwriter folk and roots material that night!

 

 

UK Roots Movement - Pete Christie, Alex Roberts and Andy Grant

 

This is a new festival brought together by Poole Tourism and Folk Dorset; Paul Burke and Catherine Burke, both of which are accomplished musicians and event organisers, who run the famous Bournemouth Folk Club and more recently started putting on the beautiful Purbeck Folk Festival. Pete Christie will be playing again this year at Purbeck Folk Festival on Saturday, August 24th, on the  Fire Stage, at 10pm.

 

Poole’s Folk On The Quay festival is a FREE event with top folk acts, world music and dancing. What a great location with fantastic views over the harbour!

 

The Saturday evening will have a street concert and 3 stages, ceilidh dances and lots of other attractions through the weekend with local pub landlords also hosting music along the Quay.

 

part of UK Roots Movement - Pete Christie, Alex Roberts and Andy Grant are performing together at the 'Folk On The Quay' festival

 

by Pete Christie

In good company on the Luthier David Oddy website

May 27th, 2013

David Oddy is a Luthier master craftsman

 

I am very proud that I get to play a handmade sunburst Indian Rosewood Dreadnought David Oddy acoustic guitar everyday.

 

She is a thing of beauty; visually, ideally suited to my fingerstyle guitar technique and sounds sweet as a nut!

 

David Oddy and his son Nicholas have a new website and have kindly added me to their ‘Links to Our Friends’ page; I’m in good company with Show of Hands, Martyn Joseph, Flynn Cohen, John Williams, Mark Pidgeon, Ian Walker and Jamie Leigh Malin. Both Steve Knightley and Phil Beer in Show Of Hands are well known for their choice in David Oddy guitars, madolins, mandocello, a cuatro, parlour and other instrument requirements.

 
 

Pete Christie appears on the David Oddy website with fellow acoustic musicians

 
 

It was a great day back in 2004 when I headed down to Newton Abbot, Exeter, Devon, to meet David Oddy in his simple wooden workshop at the bottom of his garden. I have been writing some of my best songs on the David Oddy sunburst Dreadnought (S/No 0704374) ever since. It is such a beautiful guitar to play. In my opinion, when it  comes to the choice of custom versus mass-produced acoustic guitars, I go for custom every time.

 
 

Pete Christie close up on the David Oddy arrowhead headstock and inlaid with abalone signature

 
 

David Oddy arrowhead headstock and inlaid with abalone signature.

 

David Oddy has had a life-long passion for making acoustic instruments and is one of the best UK guitar-building talents.

 

Most of the acoustic guitars built by David Oddy are based on classic Martin shape and styles but David Oddy is well known for his own customisation of designs and features such as necks made from five-layer laminates of different woods, for greater neck strength and to enhance the aesthetics of the instrument. David Oddy mostly makes mandolins and guitars but has also turned his talent to making South American cuatros, violins, obscure 12-stringed Portuguese instruments and resonator guitars.

 

 

by Pete Christie

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