Posts Tagged ‘‘unique acoustic fingerstyle technique’’

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.

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by Pete Christie

Ballad Of An Ordinary Man song lyrics by Pete Christie

March 24th, 2013

Ballad of an Ordinary Man is my protest song.

 

A song which protests about the erosion of the principles of life that were once described as ‘rights’, only to be conveniently re-defined as merely temporary privileges by the changing of political horizons.

 
 
Pete Gristie palying the Lowden O10 guitar at Dancing Ledge Isle of Purbeck Dorset UK

Photo at Dancing Ledge, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset UK

 
 

You can listen to’Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’ on ‘Pete Christie’s SoundCloud profile page

 

British singer songwriter | English songs | Acoustic Fingerstyle Technique

 
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Ballad of an Ordinary Man


 

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man, trying to do the best that he can
Taught to know the value of his word, he got tossed into the theatre of the absurd
So down the road of life he makes his way, trying to do an honest job, make some honest pay
He takes his disappointments in his stride, and he smiles though he’s beaten up inside.
Sometimes he feels that he’s winning – most times he knows he’s not
Sometimes his head won’t stop spinning, most times he makes the most of what he’s got
Discontented with his lot

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man, caught up in someone else’s master plan
Tries to keep his head above the flood, feels his feet are sinking in the mud
Knows that something somewhere is bound to break, had about as much as he can take
The voice of doubt keeps whispering in his ear, but still, he will endeavour to persevere
Stumbling blindly through the fog of confusion, fighting battles he’s already lost
Treads the line between faith and delusion, another burning bridge he’s still to cross
Nothing ventured, nothing lost

 

Thumbing slowly through old photographs, taken when he was in his teens
He stares at faces of friends who’ve passed, and he wonders what it means…

 

Inst.

 

In the line marked “Situations Vacant”, he finds himself at the back of the queue
Down the stairs and into the basement, in the dark, without a clue,
Of what an ordinary man’s supposed to do

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man, bound to do the best that he can
Rising as the new day has begun, he will go to bed relieved that it is done.
His minutes turn to hours, months to years, he remains the product of his fears
A shadow of the man he planned to be, caught between the devil and the deep blue sea
Wonders how he’s supposed to make a difference, when every day he’s under attack
And every way is filled with frustration, one step forward two steps back
Stuck on the wrong side of the tracks

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man

 
 
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‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’ is also available to watch on the ‘Pete Christie YouTube Channel

 
 

Sharing Original English songs from an English Musician

November 25th, 2012

Pete Christie Music on Reverbnation

 

 

Acoustic fingerstyle guitar technique

 

1. rue de treguier 3:49

Some years ago I toured around Brittany, in France, playing at various bars in the evenings, being well fed by the bar owners, cycling in the day and putting up posters for the gigs and enjoying song writing in between. This song is evocative of those happy days and nights. I am still a professional musician and still enjoying performing an acoustic fingerstyle guitar technique set and playing my original English songs throughout the UK.

 

2. Ballad of An Ordinary Man 5:38

British singer songwriter acoustic guitarist Pete Christie performs ‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man‘, a song which protests about the erosion of the principles of life that were once described as ‘rights’, only to be conveniently re-defined as merely temporary privileges by the changing of political horizons.

 

3. Normal Shade of Blue 5:29

‘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. ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ was written on the handmade acoustic Lowden O10 guitar.
There are a number of versions of ’Normal Shade Of Blue’ out there;

 
4. Waiting In The Wings (with Alex Roberts – live version, at Mr Kyps, Poole) 5:13

This song was written after a conversation with a guy in a wheelchair, who is afflicted with terrible disabilities… His undying optimism and sense of humour made me realise that life was for living, and you only get one shot at it. The song was written in about 20 mins from start to finish – and I swear it was flying around my room and just landed on me… It’s not my song. I was just lucky enough to be there at the time with a guitar… I’ve had lots of positive feedback from all kinds of people who tell me how the song has changed their lives, and that’s really humbling. If I never write another song, I won’t mind.

 

‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ and ‘Waiting In The Wings’ are both on the album Frank.

 
 
Frank’ is a whole other story!!!

Swindon welcomes Dorset Guitarist for a Jubilee Live Music Event

June 13th, 2012

A lively set on Sunday 3 June afternoon, with a listening audience who bought lots of albums; what could be a better way to spend time for a musician like Pete Christie, who works hard to deliver a balanced singer-songwriter set of folk, blues, rock and ballads.

 

Pete Christie performs his singer songwriter set on his Lowden guitar in Swindon at The Beehive Pub

 

The audience showed lots of appreciation for the varied original anglicana set and a few covers, done in Pete’s unique acoustic fingerstyle technique. One such song is the ‘Ballad Of Lucy Jordan’, originally recorded by Dr. Hook and popularised by Marianne Faithfull. Pete Christie has been gaining some great compliments for this exciting adaptation which incorporates some dynamic looping and echo effects.

 

Pete is well known for performing a longer set and today was no exception, especially as some people had been watching the Jubilee celebrations.

 

Pete Christie is back again on Sunday, October 14th 2012 at 3pm.

 

The Beehive Pub

55 Prospect Hill, Old Town, Swindon

Phone: 01793 523187