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


light blue - acoustic gigs


Date Venue Location
Sep 23 2021 The Jam House Birmingham
Sep 25 2021 Ashbourne Festival Ashbourne
Oct 01 2021 The Old Courts Wigan
Oct 02 2021 Sugar Mill Stoke
Oct 22 2021 Under The Bridge London
Oct 23 2021 The Rec Horsham
Oct 29 2021 Uppermill Civic Hall Oldham
Nov 05 2021 Clarence Hall Crickhowell
Nov 06 2021 Jacs Aberdare
Nov 12 2021 King George's Hall Blackburn
Nov 13 2021 The Hive Winsford
Nov 19 2021 Square Chapel Halifax
Nov 20 2021 The Assembly Rooms Tamworth
Nov 26 2021 The Birdwell Barnsley
Nov 27 2021 ARC Stockton
Dec 03 2021 Haslemere Hall Haslemere
Dec 04 2021 The Flying Fish Ilminster
Dec 09 2021 PRIVATE PARTY London
Dec 10 2021 Astor Theatre Deal
Dec 18 2021 Grand Central Hall Liverpool
Jan 28 2022 Butlin's Skegness
Feb 11 2022 Robin Bilston
Feb 12 2022 Concorde Brighton
Mar 05 2022 The Witchwood Ashton under Lyme
Apr 09 2022 Phoenix Theatre Blyth
Apr 15 2022 Sub89 Reading
Apr 16 2022 Mill Arts Centre Banbury
Apr 23 2022 Alexander's Live Chester
Apr 29 2022 Picturedrome Holmfirth
May 06 2022 The Spring Havant
May 07 2022 PRIVATE PARTY Dorset
May 13 2022 Butlin's Minehead
May 14 2022 Darvel Festival Ayrshire
May 21 2022 South Mill Arts Bishop's Stortford
May 22 2022 EPIC Norwich
Jun 02 2022 Bowdon Rooms Altrincham
Jun 24 2022 Butlin's Bognor
Jul 08 2022 Hammond Theatre Hampton
Jul 09 2022 The Chapel Salisbury
Jul 15 2022 Grand Theatre Lancaster
Jul 22 2022 Peak Cavern Castleton
Sep 10 2022 Acapela Studio Cardiff
Oct 13 2022 The Brindley Runcorn