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Pete launches his new album Sweet Dreams Of Contentment with a concert on Thursday August 4th at The Institute of Mining Engineers, Westgate Road, Newcastle (next door to the Lit and Phil). Doors open 7:30pm. Tickets are £10 and can be bought at the venue, from www.wegottickets.com and from Hound Dog Music, Park View, Whitley Bay.
Pete will be appearing with a three piece band: Jim Hornsby on guitar/dobro, Danny Holmes on acoustic guitar and Chris Ringer on double bass. This line up is featured on the album and will be heard on the night performing some of the new songs plus fresh arrangements of some of Peteís classics like BB King Keyring, Yuri Gagarinís Banjo and Anita OíDayís Hat.
Pete's latest album Sweet Dreams Of Contentment has now been released. The CD is Pete's contribution to a collaboration with two visual artists, Brian Ord and Val Close, who have produced paintings inspired by the song titles on the album.
The CD includes a brochure with illustrations of the paintings alongside the lyrics.
The paintings are on display until July 31st at the Customs House in South Shields, with headphones and MP3 players available to hear the music. Admission is free.
The work of Brian Ord and Val Close can be viewed at www.ne-arts.co.uk.
Pete will be playing at Clock Tower Café, Tynemouth - an event organised by Cullercoats Brewery, who specialise in producing traditional all-English real ales. 3p from every pint goes to RNLI (the lifeboats charity) and so far, they've contributed over £18000. Details of the gig on the Dates page.
Jake Thackray and Songs is released on DVD - more details on the
JT website. The disc includes two performances by Pete, Wallpaper and
Ms Lapotaire. You can buy the DVD on Amazon.
Pete is appearing at Northern Stage, Newcastle, on Friday November 1st in a concert in aid of the North East People's Assembly. For more information, ticket prices, etc go to the Northern Stage website.
Pete was featured in Songs Of Praise - BBC1 on Sunday October 12th at 4.15pm. He gives an interview covering the use of his own regional dialect and accent in his music, and how his faith has helped him after the death of his wife Sue in January 2011. Pete was also filmed live in performance at Tynemouth's Surf Café singing Fantastic Pasty, The Next Time I'm in Love and Kuala Lumpur Clegg.
The 2014 Sunday for Sammy concert is released on DVD this week. See Pete perform a live rendition of Spam (no, it's not canned laughter).
Pete's new CD Songs To Sing & Jokes To Tell is released. The 13-track album includes a sequel to Fantastic Pasty.
Pete's gig at Cramlington Folk Club on March 26th has been relocated to Concordia. Pete says, "The venue is well signed and easier to find than the Hind." The man just can't stop rhyming.
Pete will be appearing at the Folkalpoint Festival held at the St Mary's Heritage Centre, Gateshead and the Sage, Gateshead, over the weekend of
Nov 29th-Dec 1st. Details and timings to follow.
THE IRON AGE 1973-2013
The Iron Age is a five-day festival of words and music set in and around the North-East fishing village of Cullercoats. Running from 15th-19th May 2013, it celebrates 40 years of IRON Press based in the village, with a whole range of events linked to the press, and its authors and musical friends.
Not your average literary festival, there are events in fishing boats, on a road run, not to mention a snooker tournament and a haiku event in a fish and chip shop. And look out for the odd beach spectacular.
The festival will also launch Nesting, a new book of stories by the North-Eastís famous literary son, David Almond, whose first two books were from IRON Press. Iron will also welcome back its former assistant editor and bard of Barnsley, the irrepressible Ian McMillan.
Thereís also a late night Festival Club with entertainment and discounted food for ticket-holders, with comedy and music. Events take place in six venues, all in and around Cullercoats sea front.
Pete Scott will be appearing in The Humour of Poetry, the second event in the festival on Thursday May 16. The gig will be in the Cullercoats RNLI centre looking out over the bay (a good chance to see inside the place for those who never have).
As well as a set from Pete, writers will be reading from Ironís recently re-printed anthology, The Iron Book of New Humorous Verse, launched at a sell out event at the Hyena Club in Newcastle in 2011, with one contributor flying in from the US to take part. North-East Radio 4 poet and comedienne Kate Fox will host the event - tickets £7.00
And for those who donít know:
In the 19th century, the North-East fishing village of Cullercoats became known as Little Bohemia. This was due to the large number of painters (including the celebrated American artist Winslow Homer) drawn to its starkly beautiful coastline and unique atmosphere. The tradition continues to this day with many writers, artists and musicians living in and around the village. Since the mid-70s, it's been home to IRON Press which has brought out an eclectic list of literary titles from authors in this region, nationwide, and abroad.
Pete's recent rewrite of the Blaydon Races was given an airing at the North East Proms concert at Newcastle City Hall, with full orchestra and massed choir - quite a sound!
Recently, Pete was asked by BBC Newcastle to oversee a project to write new verses for the song Blaydon Races. This year marks the 150th anniversary of George Ridley's world famous Geordie anthem. After running workshops at Newcastle College and the Cyrenians in Scotswood, and taking suggestions and ideas from BBC Newcastle listeners, Pete put together The Blaydon Races 2012.
The new song covers the route of the original song and reflects on the changes in the cultural and physical landscape. The song was then sung by opera star Graeme Danby, along with Pete and the folk band King Cole, in a rousing performance at Grey's Monument on the ninth of June (the anniversary of the event described in the original song). You can see a video of this on YouTube.
The song is featured on the DVD Passin' The Folks Alang The Road, which tells the story of George Ridley's life in words and music. The DVD is available from JG Windows in Newcastle.
Pete is currently recovering from a tonsillectomy and is about to start recording a new album, with gigs planned for the autumn.
Confirmed that Pete is appearing at Newcastle City Hall in the Sunday for Sammy concerts on February 12th and also opening the Bellingham All Acoustic Festival (BAAFest) at 8pm on Thursday May 3rd at the Riverdale Hall Hotel, Bellingham. He'll also be running a songwriting workshop on Sunday May 6th at 10:30am. Details from BAAfest.
Frank Hennessy played three of Pete's tracks on the Celtic Heartbeat programme broadcast on BBC Radio Wales, describing Pete as “one of the finest songwriters and most humorous guys around”.
Listen to an extract from the programme
Email Frank Hennessy: email@example.com
Pete appeared at the Bellingham All Acoustic Festival (BAAfest) on 1st & 2nd May. The festival is set in the grounds of the Riverdale Hall Hotel on the banks of the river Tyne, at the gateway to the Northumberland National Park.
After a succesful trip to the west coast of America last year, Pete confirmed dates in the US this August.
Pete headlined at the Vashon Winery Folk Festival in Seattle, Washington State, USA. Go here to read an article from the local Vashon Island press.
Pete performed at the Love Music Hate Racism gig in the Customs House at South Shields with Prelude and Steve Daggett.
USA dates announced for a tour of Washington State next August.
Why Sing Goodbye Songs became available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.
Pete's latest album:
Songs To Sing & Jokes To Tell
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Why Sing Goodbye Songs
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