Pete grew up in the Yorkshire Dales but now also lives in the creative oasis of Moniaive. Classical piano lessons at school proved uninspiring and he later taught himself to play accordion by ear. This took him into the local folk scene, playing with the ‘Three Peaks Ceilidh Band’. In 1991 he went to live at Laurieston Hall community in S.W. Scotland and encountered circle dance music, largely based on Middle Eastern and Balkan tunes. He was a member of Galloway alternative folk band ‘Quirkus’. The bright lights beckoned and Edinburgh became a regular haunt where he played with singer/songwriter ‘Lorraine Jordan’. A growing interest in world music and jazz eventually led to tango band ‘Que Tangazo’ and then to ‘Moishe’s Bagel’. He plays with ceilidh band ‘Caper’ and plays cafe accordion, and music for theatre and puppet shows. In past lives he has been an engineer, plumber, farmer and software writer, but 12 years ago took to playing music full time. His rootsy box groove and encyclopaedic knowledge of tunes are the perfect compliment to Greg’s firebrand fiddle.
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