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Pistol Pete Wearn

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About Pistol

A Midlands-based singer-guitarist, playing crowd-pleasing classics along with a mix of traditional blues, folk, country
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Pete Wearn is a singer-guitarist who has been performing full time since 2015, playing familiar favourites at weddings, birthdays, corporate events and at one somewhat unorthodox funeral, as well as performing original material and traditional blues at festivals & clubs across Europe. Since its release in May 2023 his latest album Blues, Ballads & Barnstormers has received airplay on BBC Radio 2, reached the top 40 of the IBBA Album chart and the RMR Contemporary Blues chart and been described in one review as “an album to listen to in the evening by the campfire, with your head in the stars and a drink in your hand...”. He can also be heard as the sound of washed-up alcoholic country artist Colt Swanson in the multi-million selling videogame Dead Island 2.

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Pistol's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Hannah M
7 days ago
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5 out of 5

Pete was great, communication was great, and he ready and set up ahead of time. Great set and we had really positive feedback from our guests. Would definitely recommend booking Pete and will be on my radar for future events.

Reply from Pistol
6 days ago

Hi Hannah - thanks so much for the kind review, and for an enjoyable evening :)

Kathryn B
9 months ago
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4.8 out of 5

Pete was amazing, he learnt a few of my mums favourite songs for her party which really made her night.

Reply from Pistol
4 months ago

I'm so glad to hear that. I really enjoyed getting to grips with your Mum's choices :)

Andrew G
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent all round

Reply from Pistol
4 months ago

Thanks so much for having me along - I hope you had a good day!

Hannah W
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Pete was fabulous the highlight of the event would recommend no question....

Reply from Pistol
1 year ago

Thanks so much for having me - it was great to come and play for you. I hope you had an absolutely wonderful birthday!

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From other customers:

8 years ago

...a master slide guitar virtuoso

8 years ago

With his...skill at blues, bluegrass and even spirituals, Wearn is a talent to watch

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Pistol's Song list

Classic Covers:
A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presley
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Hard To Handle – Otis Redding
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Ho Hey – The Lumineers
I Got A Woman – Ray Charles
Let Her Go - Passenger
Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons
Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealer's Wheel
The Joker - The Steve Miller Band
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Walking On The Moon – The Police/Cas Haley
Wild Thing – The Troggs
Wonderwall -Oasis
Rock & Roll:
Cadillac Man – The Jesters
Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Hound Dog – Big Mama Thornton / Elvis Presley
Johnny B. Goode/ Roll Over Beethoven/Tutti Frutti (Medley) – Chuck Berry
Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
Not Fade Away – Buddy Holly
Promised Land – Chuck Berry
That’s Alright Mama – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup/ Elivis Presley
You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry
Country & Americana:
In Hell I'll Be In Good Company - The Dead South
Drunken Poet’s Dream – Hayes Carll
Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
Hotel California – The Eagles
Knockin On Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
Man Of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys (From "O, Brother Where Art Thou?")
Midnight Special – Leadbelly/ Wille Watson
Nose On The Grindstone – Tyler Childers
Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
Ring Of Fire – Johnny Cash
Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms – Flatt & Scruggs
Sleeping On The Blacktop – Colter Wall
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Take it Easy – The Eagles
Take Me Home Country Roads – John Denver
Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show/ Darius Rucker
Will The Circle Be Unbroken – The Carter Family
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Bob Dylan
Covers done in a bluesy style:
Hit The road Jack – Ray Charles
Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones
Red House – Jimi Hendrix
Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
Snake farm – Ray Wylie Hubbard
Tainted Love – Gloria Jones/Soft Cell
Traditional Blues:
1922 Blues – Charlie Parr
Aberdeen Mississippi Blues – Bukka White
Black Rat Swing – Memphis Minnie
Boogie Chillin’ – John Lee Hooker
Crawdad Hole – Jessie Mae Hemphill
Give Me Back My Wig – Hound Dog Taylor
Goin’ Where The Southern Cross The Dog – traditional
Going Down South – R. L. Burnside
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad – Big Bill Broonzy/Woody Guthrie
Gonna Look Just Like A Monkey When You Get Old
Got My Mojo Working – Muddy Waters
Hellhound on My Trail – Robert Johnson
Hoochie Cootchie Man – Muddy Waters
House Of The Rising Son – The Animals
I Feel So Good – Magic Sam
I Wish I was In Heaven (Sitting Down) – R.L. Burnside
I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead – Louis Armstrong/ Daddy Stovepipe
Jesus On The Mainline – Mississippi Fred McDowell
Key To The Highway – Big Bill Broonzy
Laughin Just To Keep From Cryin' - Joe Calicott
Liza Jane – Scott Dunbar
Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down and Out) – Bessie Smith
Nobody’s Dirty Business – Mississippi John Hurt
One Scotch One Bourbon One Beer – Amos Milburn/Snooks Eaglin
Parchman Farm - Mose Allison/John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton
Prodigal Son – Rev Robert Wilkins/ Rolling Stones
Rag Mama Rag – Blind Boy Fuller
Richland Woman Blues – Mississippi John Hurt
Richland Woman Blues – Mississippi John Hurt
Riverside Blues – Robert Johnson (sort of)
Rock Island Line – Leadbelly
Roll & Tumble – Hambone Wille Newburn
Shake Em On Down – R.L. Burnside
Shake Your MoneyMaker – Elmore James/Fleetwood Mac
Skinny Woman – R.L. Burnside
St James Infirmary – Cab Calloway
The Thrill Is Gone – B.B. King
The Train I Ride – Mississippi Fred McDowell/Junior Parker/Elvis
What’d I Say – Ray Charles/ Hound Dog Taylor
When The Saints Go Marching In – Mississippi Fred McDowell
Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Leadbelly/ Nirvana
Wild About You Baby – Hound Dog Taylor
Traditional Folk/Kid’s Songs/Sea Shanties
Blues Run The Game – Jackson C. Frank/ Bert Jansch
Cape Cod Girls
Fare Thee Well/Dink’s Song
Haul Away Joe
Roll The Old Chariot
She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain
What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor?
Solo Harmonica:
Sitting On Top Of The World – The Mississippi Sheiks/Howlin Wolf
Police & High Sheriff – Ollis Martin
Devil In Me – Original
Auld Land Syne - Traditional
Blues Christmas – Elvis Presley
Deck The Halls - Traditional
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Traditional
Jingle Bells – Traditional
Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry
Silent Night - Traditional
The Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett
I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins/ Nina Simone
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr
Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
Zombie - The Cranberries
Guitar Instrumentals:
Mississippi Blues – Willie Brown/Stefan Grossman
The Dirtman Cometh – Duck Baker
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Just let me know as soon as you can - I'm usually very happy to accommodate any changes required.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I'm more than happy to put on a playlist. I have several I can use, or you can send me yours on Spotify, or plug in your own mp3 player.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually arrive around an hour and a half ahead of the start time to set up at a relaxed pace and allow time to move equipment and soundcheck thoroughly. If there are issues of access with rooms being used for other things prior to the event I can do a quick set-up in around half an hour.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

You would be more than welcome to request any songs from the setlist on Encore. I usually plan my set a few days in advance so just let me know if this is something you'd like to do.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I do. I usually bring a small 400W PA system, but if you want me out in a garden away from the power sockets I can bring a battery-powered amp instead. I don't usually bring stage lighting, but if you would like me to, just let me know and I can provide it at no extra charge.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Absolutely! Drop me a line 4 weeks ahead of the gig with two or three requests and I will make sure I play them on the day.
Blues, Folk, Country, Acoustic, Rock 'n' Roll, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, Originals, Americana
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Songwriter, Sound technician, Lyricist, Instrumental teaching, Accompanist, Community music worker
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