Pete Gardiner

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Pete is an Irish singer songwriter and brilliant lyricist . Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen, are his main influences.

Pete is a singer songwriter from Newtownards in Northern Ireland. He has had a passion for music since the age of 6 when he first heard Slash play the opening three chords of "Knockin’ on Heavens Door" and knew right then music was going to play a major role in his life. He got his first guitar when he was thirteen and started trying to write songs a couple of years later idolising such greats from the past as Aerosmith, Poison, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Motley Crue. Pete then teamed up with his best pal Paul Steen, who was also a Guns N Roses fan and before long they were in a rock group together. To their surprise they didn’t quite become the biggest band in the world, so they decided to go acoustic and did some gigs as a two piece around their home town. However, after a while Paul switched his talents to producing so Pete decided to go it alone. It's in his blood to write lyrics. He writes about his circumstances at any given moment, his relationships with people, doomed love affairs (“you get much better words out of a sad ending than from a happy one”), news stories that hit him hard when he’s glancing through the paper, and pretty much any thought that comes into his head that he thinks is worth noting down. The master songwriters Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen are, along with Bruce Springsteen, three of the greatest influences on his life. When he turned 20 and writing songs was becoming much more important to him, he was drawn to them more and more and began to discover them on a whole new level. As he says of Dylan and Cohen “They are both as endearing as each other, they can take you as far as you are willing to go and then drag you that little bit further, and I learn more and more from them every day.” It is these influences that made Pete the brilliant lyricist that he is today. The more you listen to his songs the more you hear and are amazed at how he can put words together in such a meaningful way that may make you laugh or cry, but will certainly make you take notice. Whilst working as a cashier in a bank Pete continued to play gigs around local bars at the weekends while also recording a few E.P's with his producer pal Paul (the last two of which gained a lot of local airplay on regional BBC stations). Then, through a tip off from a large radio group in the UK, he was signed by entrepreneur Neil Utley’s label NUA Entertainment, which is chaired by Grammy winner Paul Hardcastle. Pete’s debut album was recorded earlier this year with award winning Irish producer Tommy McLaughlin (The Villagers) and then mastered at Abbey Road. He is now based in London where he performs nightly on the club scene. Three tracks on the album have been remixed by Ash Howes (Texas, Kylie Minogue, One Direction) and will be used as singles. Pete was invited by the London Mayor’s office to spearhead their ’London Busking’ event which took place in Trafalgar Square in July in front of hundreds of attenders. They also asked him to join a panel of experts to mentor new artists for the same initiative. He also recorded a session for Bob Harris ‘Under The Apple Tree’ at his studios in July and, more recently, performed at the Bear Grylls Survival Festival in Trent Park. His first single ‘Idols’ was released in August, enjoyed a lot of airplay around the UK, was a featured ‘Record of the Day’ in the trade magazine and had over 9000 views of the video on You Tube. The next single ‘All These Things’ is down for release in May.. Pete supported Lawson on their nine date UK winter tour throughout November. He performed a set of his own songs accompanied on stage by a full band and won many new fans along the way. The debut album is scheduled for the Autumn.

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I can perform outdoors
I own a PA system
Folk, Folk rock, Acoustic, Americana
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