• Christine Collister

What a glorious time of year spring is! The tiny isle (as I like to call the Motherland … the Isle of Mann) is in full radiant spring splendour. Fabulous flowers adorn the hedgerows, fields and glens: daffodils, primroses, blue, white and pink bells, delightful dandelions … camellias, magnolia and every form of tree bud bursting through, making the dark winter months a far distant memory. Apart from yesterday when the cold north wind blew up a storm cloud that made the cherry blossom fall like snow. Nature is a wonder!

I am back to dipping in the Irish Sea sans my three quarter neoprene body armour. Who knew! Not I. I have been in the water every day without fail for the past 8 weeks and at least 3 to 4 times a week before that. It truly is a life saver.

Here's a wee video with some spring-like May inspirations ... and a few apre-dipping smiles ! The song is "Let Me Shine" featured on Under Construction II .

Let me cordially invite you to join me on Saturday May 15th at 7.30pm for a fun-filled FB Live! There’s no need to dress for the occasion but if you fancy making an effort by donning a flouncy cocktail dress or swanning around in top hat and tails, I won’t tell a soul! I want photos if you do! I’m looking at learning a few unusual songs never-before performed and one (a request from my little brother :) is entirely new to me … I’m excited!

In other news we are, once again, out of Lockdown here on Mona’s Isle. And we have been made promises of never being asked to endure that misfortune again! We shall see.

My most exciting news though is that for the very first time I am attempting to grow my own veg! I shall let you know how it's going next month. Evidence blow!

I hope to have more musical offerings to share next month and no doubt delightful bucolic scenes from Manx Glens with sprites and fairies to lift your spirits! And … if things work out I may show you my vegetable-growing endeavours!!

Stay well and keep rising above the turbulence!

Much love and endless blessings

Christine xx

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  • 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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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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