CONTACT DETAILS FOR PETE: 07794 544693 or petewatkins4@aol.com
Best wishes for 2018! Plenty of gigs scheduled, have a look at the gig guide.
There’s a new album of original songs on the way – Palace of Varieties – scheduled for the spring. The album is recorded by the Pete Watkins Originals and features Gordon Raitt on bass and Drew Pountney on percussion.
The band will perform the songs at The Brasenose in Cropredy on Sat 10th February and we are thrilled to have a spot at the Cropredy Festival Fringe at the Brasenose in August.
I am also excited about having a spot at the wonderful Wychford Folk Club on Saturday 3rd March. Another chance to perform songs from the new album.
2017 was a fabulous year, thankyou for all your support. Plenty  of highlights including the annual Army v Navy Rugby match in Twickenham. It was also a great year for the Oxfordshire festivals, thanks to all the organisers.
If you are reading this and yours was one of the many weddings I had the pleasure to play at! Here’s wishing you all the best and hope to see you at a gig sometime.
Another highlight was playing a few songs with the fantastic Kast Off Kinks – including original Kinks drummer Mick Avory bass player John Nobby Dalton we played Lola, Dead End Street and Autumn Almanac, it was a magic moment I will treasure.
2016 was also a super year which include a spot at
The Great British Beer Festival in Olympia in August was a blast too, a superb crowd and fabulous venue.
Some older but still relevant stuff….
ROUGH AND READY Volume II has received exclellent reviews and comments. The album features 14 songs from Pete’s set recorded simply with just guitar, vocal and the famous Pete Watkins beat board. The album is available at gigs.
Iron Stone and Steel – the most recent album of Pete Watkins original music continues to do well and a follow up album is underway. Pete is already playing some of the new songs at gigs both solo and with the Originals.

The Pete Watkins Originals perform original songs by singer/songwriter/guitarist Pete Watkins: these combine thought-provoking lyrics with beautiful melodies. Pete is joined by the superbly polished Gordon Raitt on bass guitar plus intricate percussion from Drew Pountney. The result is a unique sound which brings together folk, acoustic roots, classic pop, and a hint of jazz and blues. The latest album: “Iron Stone and Steel” is a lovely collection of his songs so do check it out and try to get to one of his gigs.” Dave Pegg, Fairport Convention.


Pete is also an accomplished covers performer and entertainer, playing an enormously wide range of songs, solo or with a band. 

“Petes solo performances are legendary, playing songs from the widest possible range of eras and styles. What is less well known, however, is that Pete is no mean songwriter himself, his songs range from up-beat numbers that get your feet tapping to sensitive and thoughtful songs drawing upon Petes life experiences.”  Derek & Mary Droscher Banbury Folk Club & Banbury Folk Festival Organisers

Always entertaining, ensuring the audience has a great time and come back for more. What makes it so much more satisfying is that Pete is out for a good time too and that comes through strongly in the performances.

Pete has collected hundred of songs over the years, his voracious appetite for great songs and for experimenting with new styles keeps the sets rich and varied.  He brings a passion and energy to the songs with his own unique style, whether it’s the classic popular songs from the last 6 decades or traditional Irish songs, rock and roll classics, the blues, folk, rock, country, new wave…….it just goes on and on, no sleep till bedtime, last man standing……..
Pete studied singing under a nationally recognised vocal trainer in Wales and has been playing guitar as a soloist and in bands for many years. He played in several successful bands in Wales including The Reactions and later the Steps which toured extensively in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The Steps were winners in a national BBC Radio 1 competition, chosen from a nationwide search and selected as winners by a panel of judges which included the legendary John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.
Pete has performed on several occasions at the international annual Kinks Fan Club Convention in London, here Pete selects Kinks rarities and less well known tracks and gives them his own acoustic interpretation. Pete has recorded an acoustic arrangement of the Kinks classic album the Village Green Presentation Society with an acoustic band.
The Pete Watkins Originals – performing original Pete Watkins compositions in an acoustic style with vocal/guitar/bass and percussion.
Number Nine Blast and The Steps – electric bands performing original Pete Watkins songs. 
Sunny Afternoon – an authentic 60’s Beat Group band.
The Pete Watkins Band – a broad range cover band ideal for weddings and functions.

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