Solo album showcase for popular musician

Pete Watkins performing with his band The Pete Watkins Originals
Pete Watkins performing with his band The Pete Watkins Originals

A Banbury musician who has enjoyed success both with his band and as a solo artist will perform songs from his latest album at Banbury Folk Club next week.

A familiar face on the Banbury music circuit, Pete Watkins is the first official headline act for the club when they return after a brief summer break.

The evening sees natural performer Pete play a range of self-penned material from his most recent album Iron, Stone & Steel.

And he will be joined on stage by his band The Pete Watkins Originals, consisting of bass guitarist Gordon Raitt and jazz fiddle player Dave Favis-Mortlock.

Pete’s music is readily praised for delivering thought-provoking lyrics alongside beautiful melodies, producing a unique sound that blends folk and acoustic roots with a hint of jazz and blues.

Folk Club organisers Mary and Derek Droscher said: “Pete’s solo performances are legendary, playing songs from the widest possible range of eras and styles.

“What is less well known, however, is that Pete is no mean songwriter himself. His songs range from upbeat numbers that get your feet tapping to sensitive and thoughtful songs drawing upon Pete’s life experiences.”

Warwickshire-based folk trio Daisybell are also set to play on the night as Pete’s support act.

The band formed in November last year and place a strong emphasis on playing original yet traditional music, injecting harmonies and fun into their live music performances.

Their set will kick start the evening with a medley of guitars, ukuleles, accordion, mandolin, keyboard and percussion instruments.

The gig takes place at the Banbury Cross Inn in Butchers Row at 8pm on Wednesday, September 9.

Tickets are £6 each (£5 concessions) and can be booked by calling Mary or Derek on 01295 709881.

There will be admission on the door but spaces are limited, so booking in advance is recommended.

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