Prior to 2014 Pete’s musical history included playing in cover bands throughout the Wheatbelt for over 40 years. He had not written or recorded an original song in any official sense.
Pete’s interest in music began in his teens when the only music teacher in town taught all his mates, who in turn taught him to play guitar. The teacher was a post-war immigrant, one of many who shaped Pete’s town, and him.
In early 2014 he wrote a song called Wialki about driving a tractor on his family farm on the edge of the Wheatbelt in the 1960s. The song was picked up by Western Australian Music’s Sounds of the Wheatbelt project and was recorded that year. Pete said the recording experience was so encouraging that he set to work and wrote a further sixteen songs, seven of which accompanied Wialki on his 2015 debut album ONE.
He was awarded Album of the Year at the 2016 WA Country Music Awards where he received a nomination for male artist of the year in 2016 and 2017. He also received a nomination for country song of the year at the WAM Awards in 2016 and a nomination for Best Regional Act at the 2017 Awards.
Pete has gone on to record another three singles and is working toward another album. He will be touring Australia from January to June 2019 on his Back to the Garden Tour playing at farm gates, community gardens and bush tucker trails to name a few. This may well provide the basis for Pete’s next works. Stay tuned.