With a head full of songs and his trusty guitar he went out to New York for a month, which turned into two years travelling round the USA. There he honed his unique vocal style playing the bars and cafes of New York’s Greenwich Village like the Bitter End, the Gaslight, Cafe Wha?, Cafe Del Artista – places where Jack Kerouac and his beat poets read and also the likes of Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Dylan all played. On his travels, Pete got to play with some of the best players that were part of Dylan/Phil Ochs scene like Justin Devereaux and Eric Fransen who was later invited by Dylan to join his Rolling Thunder Revue. Pete says: “They thought it was real strange that a kid of my age from England could play this kind of music in a more authentic way than any of the Americans they normally see in the Village”. Pete built up a cult following and also won fans like actor/ musician Vincent Gallo and legendary photographer Louis Stettner, who filmed him.
As Pete says: "I’ve travelled a long road to get here. These songs have been on that road. From playing little places in Chatham and London to the late night coffee houses of Greenwich Village, Memphis, New Orleans, San Francisco, LA and Paris. I seem to be drawn to these places. There's something more real about them. More close to the earth"
The story continues here.
5 May ~ The Georgian Theatre, Stockton-On-Tees
6 May ~ Pizza Express, Maidstone Fringe Festival
9 May ~ The Blues Kitchen, Camden, London ~ FREE entry before 9pm
17 May ~ Telakka, Tampere, Finland
18 May ~ Bar Loose, Helsinki, Finland
19 May ~ Dynamo, Turku, Finland
25 May ~ The Chattery, Swansea
26 May ~ 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff
2 June ~ The Bracket, Margate
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