• Christine Collister

Ola gorgeous beings out there in our topsy-turvy world! How are you all holding up? I’m not bad - thanks for asking. Despite the madness we find ourselves in I’m still incredibly grateful.

Things that keep me sane? Dipping in the Irish Sea! I only started this in October (ridiculous I know!) and have managed to get into, often very cold and choppy waters, several times a week. I have, until recently, only dared go in if at least one other brave soul is with me (at a socially acceptable distance when circumstances demand it!). However during our last lockdown - a month ago - I dared myself to dip solo! And found the joys of dipping entirely alone to be exhilarating and delightfully freeing. A fabulous antidote to imposed restrictions! It has to be flat-calm for me to do it but it is a wondrous experience. It helps enormously that someone gifted me a three quarter wet-suit in December - one of the many things in my life to be grateful for!

I enjoyed the intimacy and immediacy of singing in someone’s beautiful home a few weeks ago … just before our latest (third) lockdown … I hold dear that still fresh, vivid memory of the thrill of being in close proximity to people who love music and relish the camaraderie and sheer excitement that singing together brings.

Here to attest that experience is a song from that blissful night:

I’m happy to share with you that I’ll be doing another FaceBook Live this coming Saturday (tomorrow!! Eek!) March 20th at the fun hour of 10am! My gorgeous twin granddaughters are thrilled because at that time it will be 9pm in Sydney where they live and they’ll be staying up late to watch! I hope you can make it too. Leave your slippers on and grab a cuppa, curl up- on the sofa, sit back and relax. I’m looking forward to seeing you then.

There are a number of recorded projects I’ve had the honour to be a part of coming out later this year. There is a teaser track you can listen to HERE that I perform called “The Two Trees” taken from the forth-coming album “I Am Of Ireland” Yeats in song which is due for release in June.

Well my lovelies that’s all I have to share right now. Please do encourage the music lovers in your life to take a peek a the FB Live this coming Saturday … I can imagine you all out there cheering me on!

Take care, stay well and keep rising above the turbulence!

Much love

Christine x

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  • Christine Collister

Blogpost October 19th

The seasons are changing rapidly now … fewer and fewer leaves on the trees and those left are less ablaze, while those still hanging on, dress the thinning boughs with more muted tones of red, yellow and bronzy-golds. The forest floor is bursting with numerous fungi and the light is fading fast. This weekend our clocks turn back … bringing the fast approaching winter darkness earlier each day.

I’m so grateful to be living on the Isle of Man at such a tumultuous time. We live in relative safety here and are surrounded by great natural beauty which goes a long way to soothing an otherwise troubled soul. The privilege is certainly not lost on me.

Last week I was able to upload the audio files for the live solo CD HOME (first released in 2003 in celebration - then - of 20 years being a professional musician!) now available for purchase HERE. Alongside the original CD were a number of enhancements which are more difficult to make available in a digital format but I’m happy to share the beautiful video of Vincent, filmed/directed/edited and orchestrated by Dave Armstrong of DAM productions way back then. Time flies like an arrow... fruit flies like a banana! That is one of my all-time favourite jokes … couldn’t resist!

Apart from that, the only other bit of news I have to share is that I have finally run out of LOVE CDs, however, there are still a number of Vinyl copies I could make available if there were any interest? I was amazed to sell half a dozen at our CC&Friends show at the Villa Arcade recently. I think there are 12 LPs left … any takers?

Talking of recent gigs ... here's a wee snippet of that very show last month:

OK so that’s it for now, though I’m hoping to have a link for tickets to the Christmas themed concert happening at the Villa Arcade: Wednesday December 16th - soon! CC&Friends this time will consist of the fabulous vocal combination of myself, Christy DeHaven, Lindsay Rowe (and her fabulous keys!:) and the wonderfully talented partnership of Jo&Juan Callister … we promise to make your hearts soar! I know ours will!

Till then … stay well and keep rising above the turbulence!

Much love

Christine x

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  • Christine Collister

Ola Blogpost readers!

I spent a good deal of the past few weeks practising songs from the depths of my chequered musical past … in preparation for my fourth CC In Lockdown FB Live mini concerts. There are too many songs I simply couldn’t dredge up the chords for from my overloaded brain. But in the end settled for a six song set which included two accapella performances (a neat yet musical way to avoid more chord shortages!).

It’s the oddest experience (still!) to perform, with conviction, songs that touch my heart, only to open my eyes to a short bubble of silence which is mostly filled with … a giggle. My incredulity has no other response! Oh yes and there are those delightful floating hearts with the occasional angry face that let me know someone's there! But for all that it’s more than a little weird, I am truly grateful for those of you who turn up time and time again to support and (hopefully) enjoy my efforts. You matter to me! THANK YOU 🙏

Living on the Isle of Man - one of the safest places on the planet right now - where we continue to be Covid-free (70 plus days), we are able to go about our daily business with hardly any restrictions. So much so that a week or more ago I was approached by Kevin Madigan at the Villa Arcade to do an actual concert with a non-social-distancing audience … on Saturday September 19th. I said yes!

We’re calling the event: Christine Collister and friends … so far I’ve invited Lindsay and Steve Rowe (keyboards/BVs and electric bass:) Callum Rowe & Christy DeHaven BVs. They have all accepted their invite 🥰 … I’m just waiting on finding out about a super-talented trumpeter and singer to join us … exciting possibilities! We shall see. But needless to say I’m very happy and more than a little excited by the prospect of singing to an actual in-front-of-me audience with wonderfully talented friends. I’m looking into the possibility of streaming some of the concert … wi-fi dependant. I’ll let you know …

I forgot to mention last time that I found a clutch of the Fled’gling Records re-release double CDs Blue Aconite/The Dark Gift Of Time, in my store cupboard, that I’d bought to sell on the Daphne’s Flight tour in May. For now I’ve placed them in the shop for your delectation. I’m also trying to get the DVD CC XX digitised (celebrating 20 years in the business) … so that it’s available as a download. I can but try. It’s a really great combination of interview footage; live performance and tv broadcasts over those first few decades, with a handful of extras that include full song performances solo, with Clive Gregson and the CC Trio with Howard Lees and Rory McFarlane as well as some anecdotal bits and pieces thrown in for fun. Who knew I’d still be doing it almost 20 years on!?

In other news I’ve just decided to do another FaceBook CC In Lockdown Live: Saturday August 29th … I’m reverting back to my 7.30pm (BST) slot so that those in the US who like to join live, have the opportunity to do so. I say it every time but … I may curtail these online forays in the not-too-distant-future? It’s difficult to know if they’re a bit of an overload … there’s so much going on out there! But for now … perhaps I’ll see you at the end of the month? I hope so.

On that note I shall say au revoir … stay well and keep rising above the turbulence!

Endless blessings

Christine xx

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