Keith Christmas

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Keith Christmas
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Christmas in 2010.
Background information
Birth nameKeith Peter Christmas
Born (1946-10-13) 13 October 1946 (age 72)
OriginWivenhoe, Essex
GenresFolk rock
Years activelate 1960s - present
LabelsRCA Victor, B & C Records, Manticore Records, Woronzow Records, Voiceprint, HTD Records,
Associated actsMighty Baby
Websitewww.keithchristmas.com

Keith Christmas (born Keith Peter Christmas, 13 October 1946, Wivenhoe, near Colchester, Essex[1]) is an English singer and songwriter. In 1969 his first album Stimulus was released. Christmas played acoustic guitar on David Bowie's Space Oddity album, and appeared at the first Glastonbury Festival in 1970.

Through the 1970s he released four more albums, Fable Of The Wings, Pigmy, Brighter Day and Stories From The Human Zoo, while touring with and supporting bands like The Who, King Crimson, Ten Years After, Frank Zappa, Roxy Music, Hawkwind, Captain Beefheart and The Kinks.[2]

Among the musicians who contributed to his recordings were Mighty Baby, Pat Donaldson, Keith Tippett, Gerry Conway, Shelagh McDonald, Rod Argent, Peter Sinfield, Greg Lake, Mel Collins, Cat Stevens and Michael Boshears.[2]

In 1972 he was voted one of six favourite international artists by writers of Sounds magazine.[2]

In 1976 he came back to England and after a few years stopped playing. He formed the blues band 'Weatherman' in 1991 with some friends and an album of the same name was released in 1992. In 1996 he suddenly started to write a different kind of acoustic material which almost immediately led to the release of a new album 'Love Beyond Deals' on HTD Records.

In January 2003 Christmas released an instrumental CD, ‘Acoustica’. It got excellent worldwide reviews - ‘absolutely brilliant’, ‘this is a quite exceptional piece of work’, ‘lavish and overwhelming’, ‘a beautiful album’,[citation needed] and the opening track was used on the BBC documentary 'Hidden Gardens'.

In 2006 he recorded and produced his first ever solo CD called 'Light of the Dawn'. The magazine fRoots reviewed it “…the sound is fantastic and grabs the attention: the confident, gutsy guitar, picked or slide, has immediacy and intimacy in equal measure; and Christmas's urgent, hoarse vocals can't help but involve the listener in the moods and stories of the songs…a fine timeless album”.

In 2011 Christmas released a 5-track solo acoustic EP called 'Fat Cat Big Fish' and in 2012 released his first live CD 'Live at the Pump'.

In December 2016 Christmas released a new CD, ‘Crazy Dancing Days’. From summer 2015, when he started writing the album, to just before its release, early versions of 8 songs that were posted on YouTube, SoundCloud and Fandalism have been played over 47,000 times, 14,000 of them the track ‘Cross the Water’ - an appeal for tolerance to refugees,[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

  • Stimulus 1969 [3]
  • Fable of the Wings 1970 [3]
  • Pigmy 1971 [3]
  • Brighter Day 1974 [3]
  • Stories from the Human Zoo 1976 [3]
  • Weatherman 1992 [3]
  • Love Beyond Deals 1996 [3]
  • Acoustica 2003 [3]
  • Timeless & Strange (compilation 1969-71) 2004 [3]
  • Light of the Dawn 2006 [3]
  • Fat Cat Big Fish 2011 [3]
  • Live at the Pump 2012 [3]
  • Crazy Dancing Days 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keith Christmas at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-01.
  2. ^ a b c Bioandlyrics.com Archived 2007-07-01 at Archive.is
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Discography for Keith Christmas at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-01.

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