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Pete Christie

Pete Christie British singer songwriter | Original English songs | Accomplished acoustic fingerstyle guitar technique on handmade guitars

Powerful acoustic folk and roots & Anglicana singer-songwriter


Pete Christie is a British singer-songwriter/acoustic fingerstyle guitarist who plays from the heart and sings from the soul – a must see for anyone who loves acoustic music.

“Intense, passionate vocals and a clear grasp of how to write a great song – mesmerising….”

Pete Christie has been compared to many acclaimed musicians from Martin Simpson to Paul Weller, and was recently described as being “a cross between Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler and Richard Thompson, but with a great voice; though, until now, without the fame !!!”

Pete Christie has developed his own original powerful style of acoustic fingerstyle guitar technique. His songs are original English and contemporised anglicana roots, with a mix of rock, folk and country. His individualistic fingerstyle guitar technique can coax anything from achingly beautiful simple, sparse, and haunting accompaniment, to an explosive, almost neo-flamenco rhythm. It’s as if Pete “duets” with the guitar rather than just casually strums it, and he has perfected the art of making it sound like there has got to be more than just one musician on stage.

Over his 40 years as a performing musician, Pete has been frontman in a three-piece rock band, a professional songwriter, a recording sessions singer, and has been a guest with a diverse array of guitarists and musicians such as:

 Jackie Leven, Nick Harper, Jeff Lang, Glenn Tillbrook, Ezio, Ruby Turner, Hugh Cornwell, Bob Brozman, Martin Harley, Matt Andersen, Ben Montague, Kieran Halpin, Ron Trueman-Border, Steve Tilston, Rory Ellis, Dave Pegg, and frequently with Derrin Nauendorf.

Pete is based on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset in southern UK and is touring with his latest studio album ‘Frank’, which shows off his gift for tethering his romantic ruminations to memorable melodies and instrumental harmonies. The album has been called “refreshing”, “honest”, “wonderful”, “natural”, “versatile”, “…heartfelt songs that recall McTell’s glory days…”, and “delivered by a master craftsman”. “Frank is not background music. It’s a wonderfully written book brought to life by sounds”.

“Waiting in the Wings” one of Pete’s most frequently requested songs, is, according to Minor 7th in the USA: ”….reminiscent of the off-the-wall stuff of Brian Wilson and Sir Paul as produced by Sir George Martin.”

In 2011, Pete joined forces with the UK Roots Movement alongside Wille and the Bandits, Alex Roberts, Rory Ellis, Andy Grant, The Wishbones, and Hip Route. Artists of integrity who share the true philosophy of the troubadour and offer promoters and proprietors a stable of artists of proven quality and reliability.

Pete Christie is passionate about his handmade guitars and the quality of soundhe produces, and is proud to be a “Featured Artist” for Avalon Guitars.

Pete Christie's Background

Pete Christie's Experience

Professional British singer-songwriter acoustic fingerstyle guitarist at Pete Christie

January 1979 - Present | Isle of Purbeck

First professional group, The Skavengers, a dynamic 3-piece ska/rock outfit that began life in 1979 *** Used to work with (legendary manager / producer) Chas Chandler***Live | Studio | Collaborations | Radio | Festivals | Sessions Musician

Pete Christie's Interests & Activities

Powerful acoustic roots & Anglicana singer-songwriter; which means I am a British singer songwriter, that writes original English songs. Combining styles from rock and folk ballads to blues. Based in southern UK but always on tour throughout the UK at live music venues and festivals. Described as a distinctive vocalist, with acoustic fingerstyle guitar technique varying from near-silence to a multi-layered wall of sound. I get a massive amount of fun walking on stage for the first time at a new venue knowing that not everyone is aware of what I do. And then watching their reaction!! That's all part of the fun of touring and being an itinerant balladeer! It's what keeps me on the road - it always has!" Pete Christie; British singer songwriter; Original English songs; Anglicana musician; Folk; Rock; Blues; Ballads; Acoustic guitarist. Lowden O10; handmade guitars; quality of sound;

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