Norfolk Christian singer headlines in Poland
-based Christian singer-songwriter Pete McAllen
, has recently returned from headlining a 20-date tour of Poland
The tour included four cities plus the capital, Warsaw. Pete, who performed in the Polish cities of Poznan and Gniezno earlier this year, was invited back by popular demand, and now has a rapidly growing fan base in the country.
The tour was organised by Foundations of Faith a student group within Poznan International Church. Venues included Gniezno City Culture hall, Poznan Theatre, Warsaw’s Store House Church as well as several clubs and other churches.
Pete, who also works for Christian Aid in Norwich, said: “The idea was to showcase my latest material in a wide range of venues. The Poles loved English music, and so were very receptive to what I was saying through the songs. Some churches would put on an event specifically for me, whereas other venues would be normal clubs where they wanted to hear English music. It was a great chance to talk about my faith, and meet some amazing people.”
Although most of the tour was in music venues or churches, two of the gigs had a special meaning, as they were specifically put on for homeless and marginalised families in Poznan.
“It was amazing how a few songs played specifically for these people made a difference in their lives. The people seemed to connect more with the message of hope in these songs, than your everyday person. I was told by the sound guy that it would probably be the highlight of their year, which is incredibly humbling.”
McAllen is currently recording a six-track EP with producer Allan Simpson with the title penned as “The Optical Illusion” He has performed his indie acoustic style of music in many venues across the UK this year as well as at several festivals.
“The songs on this CD are about the reality of life that sometimes hit’s us hard,” said Pete. “But there is a message of hope that is in God, which we all need to know. I believe we can often live our lives in an optical illusion where eternity isn’t something that is given much thought. Yet it is the most crucial thing to be basing and living our lives out of.”
For more information about future gigs and to listen to his music visit: www.myspace.com/petemcallen
You can also catch Pete at the Autumn Acoustic Bash, a music event on Saturday October 13, starting at 7.30pm at Norwich Central Baptist Church. Entry costs just £2 and acts also include Past Doubt and Inner Moment.
Pictured above is Pete McAllen performing in Poland.