Pete has spent a lifetime singing and playing traditional music in Swansea, Pontardawe and Wells (Somerset). In the '70's, Pete started the White Swan Folk Club in Swansea, along with some friends, after launching it at the local Psychiatric hospital ( Staff not patient! ).

A well known session at the time was held at The Britannia Inn in Llanmadoc, on the Gower, where Pete was well known for his singing with guitar and playing with the Tanner Band on mandolin and fiddle.

Developing on concertina and bouzouki, Pete became a mainstay of Swansea group Rough Edge, while also a member of the Swansea Jack Ceileidh Band. Pete also spent several years playing with the Welsh band Cromlech.

He was party to setting up the Pontardawe Festival, founded four part harmony group Strumpet, and started working in a duo with Irish singer and mandolin player Ian Stevenson, better known for his work with the group Quilty, until moving to Somerset in 1992. There he became involved with the Irish Set Dance scene, playing with Simon and Val Knight for the dancing as well as doing weddings and parties in the area.

Since 1994 Pete has played with old friend Henry Ford in the Bath group Sulis.
After 16 years playing for the set dance, Pete decided to follow his first love - traditional song, and has been a resident of Devizes folk club for the last three years, doing a booking there last year. Having just recorded his first solo album with Doug Bailey at Wildgoose Records, Pete continues to be associated with Sulis and Devizes folk club, and is becoming well known in the South West for his singing and fine bouzouki and concertina accompaniments, as well as his skill with dance tunes.

'A real joy to listen to and sing along with' ...Bob Berry

Album available October 2011









Photography by Caroline Shipsey

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