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CONTACT DETAILS FOR PETE: 07794 544693 or petewatkins4@aol.com
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WHAT DOES PETE DO?.... singer, guitarist, entertainer, songwriter. Original songs and cover songs, playing solo and in bands……..
 WHAT’S PETE  BEEN UP TO?….
PETE WATKINS – SOLO musician
 Lots of gigs and festivals through the summer and even some busking in Stratford, the launch of a new album of original Pete Watkins songs and also getting down to writing for a new album which will get underway in the Autumn.
A big thankyou to all my regular followers, your support is greatly appreciated.
The launch night for the new album raised £1400 for Katherine House Hospice and the Hook Norton St Peter’s Church, thankyou to all who attended in May.

THE PETE WATKINS ORIGINALS – The latest album, ‘Palace of Varieties’ has been selling well and getting great feedback.  The song ‘Lost at Sea’ was featured on the UN HERD CD which accompanies the Rock n Reel magazine for the Cropredy Festival edition.

The Originals, with Pete Watkins, Gordon Raitt and Drew Pountney played at the Brasenose for the Cropredy fringefest in August, the set was very well received.

The NEXT Originals gigs will be in October at the Banbury Folk Festival on 13th and 14th October. At the Bell in Adderbury on Friday 19th October and we have our own evening at the Banbury Folk Club at the Banbury Cross on Wednesday 24th October.

The Pete Watkins Originals latest album ‘Palace of Varieties’ is a new album of original songs from singer, songwriter – Pete Watkins. “The songs combine thought provoking lyrics with beautiful melodies. The music has a unique sound combining folk, acoustic roots, classic pop and a hint of jazz and blues”.

Featuring:Pete Watkins on guitar and vocals, Gordon Raitt on bass guitar, Drew Pountney on percussion and Jono Watts on fiddle.

The live concerts  include music from the new album ‘Palace of Varieties’ and from ‘Iron, Stone & Steel’ along with a few well known classics as arranged by The Originals. “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.

 

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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.
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 ex-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……..
A BIT OF HISTORICAL STUFF….. 
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.
I keep this bit in my website because I’m really thrilled to have had an association with one my personal favourite bands…..
Pete has performed on several occasions at the international annual Kinks Fan Club Convention in London,  where Pete selected 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 BANDS
The Pete Watkins Originals – performing original Pete Watkins compositions in an acoustic style with vocal/guitar/bass and percussion.
The Pete Watkins Band – a broad range cover band ideal for weddings and functions.

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