Pete Lawrie

Pete Lawrie

Last updated: 05 January 2010

The Penarth-based singer songwriter now signed to Universal/Island.

Born into a family of great musical heritage, Pete Lawrie is being tipped in 2010 as a performer to watch with great interest.

Now signed to the Field Recordings imprint of the major label Universal/Island, he is preparing his debut album, A Little Brighter, for release this year.

"It's taken me a long long time trying to find a sound, a style that suited me. A place I wanted to stop at creatively," he says.

"More importantly I hope I never really do. I suppose if I had to give my current sound a name, I would call it Southern blues country rock skiffle hop tronica, whilst cringing at my own pretension.

"Some days I want and try to write songs. Some days, some instrumental noise with computers. I love traditional Malian folk as much as I love dubstep as much as I love opera. It's my parents fault."

A varied musical education on French Riviera holidays were more important to where he finds himself now than all manner of practical music escapades from trumpet lessons to stints in ska punk bands, he believes.Now firmly ensconced in the live music scene, he has a residency at the Buffalo Bar in his home town of Cardiff called Pete Lawrie & Friends, inviting an artist to headline his night. In October he had Turin Brakes and November Athlete.

Turin Brakes returned the favour, inviting Pete on tour with them in March 2010.

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