History


1980s

Described as "the Temptations in ripped jeans ......" by one rock critic, the Liverpool band's infectious melodies and warm harmonies had a deep emotional undercurrent. Feeding on accusations, protest, despair and even self-doubt, their "socially aware soul" made a big impact on the complacent music scene of the late 80s. The band's name came from the surname of the three brothers that were originally in the line-up (Garry, Russell and Roger Christian) and was also, coincidentally, their songwriter/guitarist/keyboards player Henry Priestman's middle name.

Their 1987 double-platinum debut album, "The Christians", entered the album chart at No.2 and featured the Top 30 singles "Forgotten Town", "Hooverville, "Ideal World" and "Born Again". A sell-out tour of the major British cities followed, including consecutive nights at the Hammersmith Odeon, with additional appearances in Holland, Germany and France. In 1988 they released a cover of the Isley Brothers' "Harvest for the World", with all proceeds going to British Third-World charities. They also performed with other Liverpool artists Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson and Gerry Marsden on a version of "Ferry Cross The Mersey", released in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough football disaster, which stayed at No.1 for 3 weeks.

1990s


Their second album, "Colour", was released in 1990 and went to No.1 in the album chart. The most successful single was the atmospheric "Words" but others released included "I Found Out" and the uplifting "Greenbank Drive". "Happy In Hell" (1992), their third album, reached No. 18 in the album charts and included the singles "What's In A Word" and "The Bottle".





The band continued to tour and released a greatest hits album, "The Best Of The Christians", in 1993 which also featured a new track, "Perfect Moment", and a version of Bob Marley's "Small Axe". Lead singer Garry Christian moved to Paris in the mid-90s to produce a solo album ("Your Cool Mystery" (1998)) with the band reforming and touring at the end of the decade.


Post 2000

The early years of the new century saw the band performing largely acoustic sets around the country whilst working on another studio album. "Prodigal Sons" was released in 2003 and showcased on a nationwide tour. Garry found time to release a second solo album "How Does It Feel" in 2004. By now, Garry was the only member of the band from the original line-up but accompanied by a number of guest musicians, The Christians continued to tour and released several "live" albums.



Their fifth studio album, aptly titled "Soul From Liverpool", featured a number of new songs plus noteworthy versions of other artists' songs. Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released", The Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun" and a powerful "Where Do The Children Play" (Cat Stevens) confirmed the band's ability to reinterpret other's work to great effect.   2012 was the 25th anniversary of their first album's success and The Christians released "Speed Of Life" to mark this milestone. DE LUXE versions of both their debut album, The Christians, and Colour were also released including a number of bonus tracks and remixes. Sleeve notes from Garry Christian and some rare images from the time complete these attractive packages.

The Christians continued to tour extensively in the UK, Spain and France receiving rave reviews for their live performances. Chris Evans described The Christians set on air in December 2013 as “the best gig I've ever been to”. Another album, "We", was released in late September 2015. This involved their loyal fans "crowdfunding" the album in advance and the band themselves covering all of the production duties. A double-header tour with Roachford followed where the new material was promoted. 2017 saw The Christians touring extensively to mark the 30th anniversary of their debut album. Additionally, the album "Sings & Strings" was released which featured the reworking of 8 of their best known songs (plus "Harvest For The World" and "You'll Never Walk Alone") with a gospel choir accompanied only by a string quartet and piano. Shortly after, The Christians embarked on a 30 day Triple Header Tour with Altered Images and Midge Ure.


Gigs

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Date Venue Location
Oct 17 2019 The Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh
Oct 18 2019 Bungalow Bar Paisley
Oct 19 2019 The Albany Greenock
Nov 01 2019 Under The Bridge London
Nov 09 2019 The Flowerpot Derby
Nov 15 2019 Spa Theatre Scarborough
Nov 16 2019 Coatham Hall Redcar
Nov 17 2019 Cavern Club Liverpool
Nov 22 2019 The Met Bury
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Nov 24 2019 Cavern Club Liverpool
Nov 29 2019 The Cluny Newcastle
Nov 30 2019 The Iron Road Live Pershore
Dec 06 2019 The Factory Live Worthing
Dec 07 2019 Winterfest Killarney
Jan 25 2020 The Brindley Runcorn
Feb 07 2020 The Village Hall Ravenshead
Mar 06 2020 Playhouse Whitley Bay
Mar 21 2020 Darvel Music Festival Darvel, Ayrshire
Mar 27 2020 The Stables Wavendon
Mar 28 2020 EPIC Norwich
Apr 10 2020 The Civic Hall Cottingham
Apr 25 2020 King George's Hall Blackburn
May 08 2020 The Rec Rooms Horsham
May 09 2020 Chinnerys Southend
May 22 2020 W Fest Belgium
May 29 2020 Clarence Hall Crickhowell
May 30 2020 Mill Arts Centre Banbury
May 31 2020 Sub 89 Reading
Jun 05 2020 The Old Courts Wigan
Jun 06 2020 Alexander's Live Chester
Jul 04 2020 Chilfest Tring
Sep 12 2020 Acapela Studio Cardiff
Oct 01 2020 Jam House Birmingham
Oct 02 2020 Grand Theatre Lancaster
Oct 03 2020 The Atkinson Southport
Oct 09 2020 Junction 2 Cambridge
Oct 16 2020 Gorillaz Manchester
Oct 17 2020 Sugar Mill Stoke
Oct 23 2020 Oran Mor Glasgow
Oct 24 2020 ARC Stockton
Oct 30 2020 Artrix Bromsgrove
Nov 06 2020 The Brook Southampton
Nov 13 2020 Arts Centre Colchester