CONTACT DETAILS FOR PETE: 07794 544693 or petewatkins4@aol.com
2016 was a good year now looking forward to 2017! Thank you for all your support!
Some highlights from 2016…
The support gig with members of the Kinks, (Kast Off Kinks) in June in Broxbourne. It was fabulous to help celebrate 50 years of the all time classic song ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and Nobby Dalton’s debut with the Kinks just a little way back in 1966!
The Great British Beer Festival in Olympia in August was a blast too, a superb crowd and fabulous venue!
The cover-set gigs have been great fun, as usual and at such superb venues including The Merchants Inn in Rugby, The Black Lion in Leighton Buzzard. There was even a stint in Portugal and Austin Texas!
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. Our first festival gig has been confirmed, The Pete Watkins Originals will headline the acoustic stage at Bodfest 2017 in June, now details to follow.
The PETE WATKINS ORIGINALS www.petewatkins0riginals.com is a band performing Pete’s original songs and recorded works. In 2016 we performed at Banbury Folk Club, Bodfest, Compton Verney Festival and Adderbury Party in the Park and the August Gatefest in Hook Norton and the Banbury Folk Festival on Friday 7th October at 7pm. www.banburyfolkfestival.co.uk

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 spectacular jazz fiddle player Dave Favis-Mortlock, and 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.

From:  Ollie & Tressa  olliehowe@hotmail.co.uk                 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:21

We saw Pete Watkins top-notch performance at The Norman Knight pub in

Whichford on 17th Oct. ’14. Pete has an amazing voice that adapts to

various other artists (anyone really). Pete’s astute talent with the

guitar is astounding and how he can juggle the various and diverse

music, while playing the heartfelt harmonica and sing too is

astoundingly first class. What’s more, Pete’s upbeat and compassionate

relational abilities with people injected with a humorous style with

his audience promises to be a great night out. Pete’s last CD,

appropriately named Rough and Ready – Acoustic and Unplugged, explains

why it sold out. We wish Pete deserved success in his next project.

The Pete Watkins Originals – performing original Pete Watkins compositions in an acoustic style with vocal/guitar/fiddle and bass
Number Nine Blast and The Steps – electric bands performing original Pete Watkins songs. 
Functions bands (see Functions Tab)
Sunny Afternoon – an authentic 60’s Beat Group band.
The Pete Watkins Band – a broad range cover band ideal for weddings and functions.