CONTACT DETAILS FOR PETE: 07794 544693 or email@example.com
Pete Watkins is a singer, guitarist, entertainer, songwriter.
Original songs and cover songs, playing solo and in bands……..
PETE WATKINS – SOLO musician
2021 – what year for musicians! Still it’s great to see some live gigs coming back. Have a look at the Upcoming Gigs for more details.
THE PETE WATKINS ORIGINALS –
a 3 piece acoustic band featuring: Pete Watkins on guitar and vocals, Gordon Raitt on bass guitar, Drew Pountney on percussion and special guest performances from Jono Watts on fiddle.
A new album of Pete Watkins songs is in the pipeline.
In 2020 – The Originals had been booked to headline the Banbury Folk Festival Friday night session on October 9th. Hoping for a reschedule in 2021.
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”.
The album Iron Stone and Steel was released in 2014. “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.
Some old highlights….2019 – on 24th November – I had the honour of performing the wonderful KINKS album Arthur at the annual and international KINKS FAN CLUB Convention. I played most songs solo acoustic but for Australia and Arthur I was accompanied by the KAST OFF KINKS including Mick Avory and John Dalton, both played on the original album. Plus another ex Kink – Mark Haley on keys, backing vocals from Shirley Roden and Debi Doss. PLUS a fabulous Swedish horn section, and more vocal backing from the Cherrytops – a beautiful trio with voices of angels . Ray Davies made an appearance and I was able to chat through the performance with the great man! If you aren’t a Kinks fan then you probably haven’t taken time to get converted, the lyrics, music and arrangement are magnificent. I’m sure some YouTube stuff will appear at some time, there was loads of phone camera’s active during the set. I want to add a very special thankyou to the organisers and the band members. When I finally come down off cloud-9 I’ll try to take some of the magic dust and get down to writing some new songs.
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.
“Pete’s solo performances are legendary, playing songs from the widest possible range of era’s 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 Pete’s 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. Again if only I could get the picture function to work I’d post a pic of the Steps with JPJones!
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 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.