The Christians Band

Photo courtesy of Roy Lathwell

The Christians Band

Photo courtesy of Roy Lathwell

The Christians Band

Photo courtesy of Sharon Foley

The Christians Band

Photo courtesy of Sharon Foley

The Christians Spain 2015

Photo courtesy of Rafa Abia Rodriguez

The Christians Whitley Bay 2015

Photo courtesy of Carl Chambers

The Christians Band

Photo courtesy of Sharon Foley

Garry Christian France 2015

Photo courtesy of Olivier Trillaud

The Christians Band

Photo courtesy of Sharon Foley

The Christians Whitley Bay 2015

Photo courtesy of Carl Chambers

The Christians Whitley Bay 2015

Photo courtesy of Carl Chambers

The Christians Band Liverpool

Photo courtesy of Duncan Cowley




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.


Gigs


light blue - acoustic gigs

Date Venue Location
Apr 01 2017 The Albany Greenock
Apr 07 2017 Theatre Severn Shrewsbury
Apr 22 2017 The Venue Derby
Apr 30 2017 Fruit Hull
May 06 2017 Burnsfest Ayr
May 12 2017 The Haymarket Basingstoke
May 13 2017 Balma France
May 19 2017 VANgollen Llangollen
May 20 2017 Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraiser Magna Centre, Rotherham
May 21 2017 Pub In The Park Marlow
May 27 2017 Happy Days Festival West Molesey
May 27 2017 Half-Moon Putney
June 01 2017 The Jam House Birmingham
June 02 2017 The Live Rooms Chester
June 03 2017 Sodfest 2017 Chipping Sodbury FC
June 10 2017 Keswick Mountain Festival Keswick
June 17 2017 The Atkinson Southport
July 01 2017 Stur Exchange Sturminster Newton
July 08 2017 Priory Park Festival Chichester
July 13 2017 Festival des Mascarets Normandy, France
July 15 2017 Dartford Festival Dartford
July 15 2017 Chiddfest Chiddingly, East Sussex
July 16 2017 FlashPoint Festival Rockingham
July 21 2017 Nuits Des Sud Festival France
July 22 2017 Liverpool International Music Festival Liverpool
July 30 2017 Camp Bestival Lulworth Castle, Dorset
Aug 20 2017 Rewind South Henley-on-Thames
Sept 09 2017 The Met Bury
Sept 16 2017 Acapela Cardiff
Feb 23 2018 Waterfront Theatre Norwich
Apr 14 2018 The Brindley Runcorn
Apr 21 2018 The Brook Southampton