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 is the bassist for the trio The Diminished Quartet who occasionally give open public performances but most of their work is for corporate events, private parties and the like, even as far away as Paris, arguably the home of Gypsy Jazz; consequently these performances cannot be listed on the upcoming gigs list.
He’s much in demand as a bass accompanist though and has performed with many exceptional guitarists such as Michael Joseph Harris from the USA and Gonzalo Bergara from Argentina.
Throughout November of last year Pete travelled on a sell-out tour with Gonzalo Bergara. The sell-out tour ranged from Dundee to Verona taking in several venues on the way in the UK, Italy and France. Together with Gonzalo and Pete were Andrea Todesco (rhythm guitar), Maki Bergara (cahon) and Matt Holben (violin), the band performing as a quintet.
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 the bass accompanist too for Megan Henwood, a previous winner of the BBC2 Young Folk Award, and features on many of the tracks on her recent album River and her previous album Head, Heart, Hand. He also accompanies the Worry Dolls when they perform with their full band. The Worry Dolls plan to record in the near future.
His interest in folk music is not limited to English Folk; he joined the young, upcoming bluegrass band The Vanguards about three years ago. They headlined the famous Bluegrass festival in Westport on the west coast of Ireland amongst others in the summer of 2017 and played in several festivals during 2018 throughout the UK. Their self-titled EP was released at the end of 2016; recording of a new album is imminent. The band is set to tour Ireland during May, details of the venues can be found on their website.
The Rock band Silvervoid invited Pete to be their bassist and their inaugural gig was on October 2017. Five tracks of their first EP are available to stream from Bandcamp and their video My Last Breath can be viewed on YouTube and on this website. A new EP, Revive It has just been released (April 2019) and tracks are again available from Bandcamp. (See Discography on this website for all details and links)
See also Pete Thomas's Instagram page.