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 Band

Photo courtesy of Sharon Foley

The Christians Spain 2015

Photo courtesy of Rafa Abia Rodriguez

The Christians Band

Photo courtesy of Sharon Foley

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 Band

Photo courtesy of Sharon Foley

The Christians Band

Photo courtesy of Sharon Foley

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. 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 28 2018 Artrix Arts Centre Bromsgrove
Sep 29 2018 Butlins Bognor Regis
Sep 30 2018 Royal Court Theatre 80th Birthday (15 mins appearance) Liverpool
Oct 04 2018 Classic Grand Glasgow
Oct 05 2018 The Assembly Aberdeen
Oct 06 2018 Church Dundee
Oct 12 2018 Waterside Arts Sale
Oct 13 2018 Goosfest Cheshire
Oct 20 2018 Canterbury Festival Canterbury
Oct 21 2018 The Mill Arts Centre Banbury
Oct 27 2018 The Civic Hall Cottingham
Nov 02 2018 Under The Bridge London
Nov 10 2018 The Old Courts Wigan
Nov 15 2018 Elgiva Theatre Chesham
Nov 30 2018 The Cluny Newcastle
Dec 07 2018 Villa Marina Douglas, Isle Of Man
Dec 13 2018 The Arc Stockton-on-Tees
Dec 21 2018 Olympia Liverpool
Feb 01 2019 The Subscription Rooms Stroud
Feb 15 2019 Grand Theatre Lancaster
Feb 22 2019 The Stables Wavendon
Mar 01 2019 The Atkinson Southport
Mar 21 2019 The Globe Cardiff
Mar 22 2019 Octagon Theatre Yeovil
Mar 23 2019 The Fleece Bristol
Mar 24 2019 Cheese & Grain Frome
Apr 20 2019 Astor Theatre Deal
Apr 27 2019 Library Theatre Darwen
May 31 2019 The Coliseum Theatre Aberdare
Sep 14 2019 Acapela Studio Cardiff