“Pete aims to create music that is like a gourmet dish, unique to anyone who tastes it! ”
Pete’s quirky stage presence, talent and enthusiasm ensures that his audience is completely engaged from the second he strums his guitar and let's his voice soar. Pete plays acoustic & electric guitar, stomp box, foot tambourine, vocal percussion and loops with beatboxing, guitar percussion, and even kazoo. He uses alternative guitar styles switching between finger picking and energetic strumming. He also uses unconventional chords and guitar percussion to deliver a unique, fresh and unpredictable musical journey. His vocals are warm, soulful, husky and well harmonised.
Pete’s song writing often steers away from the common rhyming lyrics and standard verse/chorus structure. His lyrics explore different aspects of self-reflection and intrinsic motivation and often use second person narrative and rhetorical questions to ponder experiences. Pete’s original music connects with the crowd, creating an intimate and special experience for all. He truly understands that the audience is equally as important as his music, which is a noteworthy and special talent. At times he engages the audience by instigating backing percussion or vocals.
When playing covers, Pete strays from traditional songs, preferring old school classics by David Bowie, Motor Ace, Tonic and You Am I and he has a passion for mashups; mixing words, chords and melodies to create fresh tunes.
Born in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains NSW, Pete has moved about NSW, residing in Taree, Newcastle (where he completed his Cabinet Making Trade), Menindee near Broken Hill (where he started teaching High School Industrial Arts/Wood) and finally settling in the beautiful township of Kendall, Camden Haven.
Being both a qualified cabinet maker, woodwork teacher and skilled musician, he has combined these talents to hand craft his own signature steel string acoustic guitars (credit to John Buckham of Wauchope for his tuition). He also plays Cole Clark Fat Lady model guitars.
Peter has more recently delivered solo performances at venues in the Hastings and Newcastle regions such as The Glasshouse, Conservatorium MNC, Tapp Bar Panthers, Flow Bar, Beechwood Cafe, The Old Butter Factory, Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Hamilton Station Hotel, Blue Water Bar, Kendall Music Exchange, Aztec Mexican Restaurant, Bonny Hills Beach Hotel, Wauchope School of Arts, The Retro Room, Latin Loafer and Botanical Wine Garden.
Peter has performed alongside reputable local musicians including Andrew Cousins, Pam Hata, Emma Dykes, Katherine Bright, Sarah Marine and Chris Murray in addition to touring acts such as popular country artist Sarah Leete and previously played with alternative rock band Geisha Blue in Newcastle. He has participated in events spanning fundraisers, talent competitions and small festivals.
Pete has recently released an album of his original music titled "Lifiatus", a portmanteau of 'life' and 'hiatus'. The album explores concepts around the absence or presence of life. It is available on Spotify, SoundCloud, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play and YouTube Music. The album features collaborations with local musicians as well as students at Camden Haven High School where he has taught recently. He is extremely grateful for the musical contributions made by Jasmine O’Brien, Sam Davison and Aaron Johnson and for the visual art by friends, family and colleagues that features on the album artwork including cover art by Iean Bon of Bassic Brand.