Pete Thomas

 

Born in Reading and a graduate of the Newcastle College of Performing Arts the first instrument that Pete learned to play was the guitar. However in his early teens he discovered the bass guitar and subsequently the Double Bass and these have become his favoured instruments for live performance and recording.

At the Derby Folk Festival - image by permission © Mark Steele 

 

His professional career started when he was still at school: he was spotted playing at the Henley Youth Festival and was asked to join the newly formed function band Flipside Jack as their bassist when still only 15. He enjoyed playing with the much acclaimed Flipside Jack for many years but his musical tastes have broadened considerably and he now moves effortlessly between Gypsy Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass, Blues and Rock.

 

Although he’s played several styles of Jazz his favourite by a considerable measure is Gypsy Jazz, always associated with the great guitarist Django Reinhardt. He's the bassist for several bands including The Nocturne Trio, The Diminished Quartet and Gonzalo Bergara (the Argentinian virtuoso guitarist) when Gonzalo tours in Europe. Throughout 2019 he’s also performed with Latchpen, The Belleville Hot Club and The London Django Collective. Performances have ranged from Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, throughout England and naturally his current home, London where he’s performed at many venues. He particularly enjoyed the Edinburgh Fringe and the Cork Jazz Festival but arguably the highlight of 2019 was performing on the main stage at Samois (the famous Gypsy Jazz Festival in Fontainbleau) with Gonzalo Bergara where they received a standing ovation.

 

Folk music also features very highly in his musical interest and he has regularly played at venues from art centres to large festivals all over the country and abroad. He’s performed with many well known artists such as Jackie Oates, Megan Henwood, Martin and Eliza Carthy and bands such as Mawkin and Tyde, recording with some of them, but is now embarking on a new venture with Benji Kirkpatrick. Benji is well known for his performances with Bellowhead, Faustus and Steeleye Span, has formed his own band The Excess, a trio with Pete as the bassist. With two successful tours already behind them and their first album Gold Has Worn Away receiving much acclaim they are now an established band in the Folk World. Venues are in the process of being arranged for their next tour in spring 2020 with three already confirmed. (See the upcoming gigs page).

 

His interest in folk music is not limited to English Folk. He has performed and toured with the bluegrass band The Vanguards and the country style duet the Worry Dolls when they perform with their full band. He has recorded with both bands.

 

Although he started his career playing Rock and Roll and blues this takes less of his time now. However, he occasionally performs with Silvervoid who have released two EP’s the eponymous Silvervoid and Revive It. (Both are available to stream from Bandcamp.) The title track on the Revive It EP was selected by Classic Rock magazine in August as one of the best twelve tracks released by new bands.

 

For three days in March 2020 Pete will be playing with the Album Project, a group of musicians that bring to life classic rock of times past. This year the focus is 1973 and they can be seen in Cheltenham; tickets will be available from their website.

 

See the Discography page on this website for details and links for all the music mentioned above.

 

See also Pete Thomas's Instagram page and YouTube account.