The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #26069   Message #1244760
Posted By: Sandra in Sydney
11-Aug-04 - 10:31 AM
Thread Name: Pete Morton
Subject: RE: Pete Morton
he also wowed us at our folk Club in March & freda wrote the review!


The main act for the night was Pete Morton. On this night, I found
myself feeling incredibly lucky that at this dinky little folk venue in Annandale, we get to hear performers of the quality of Pete
Pete is an outstanding singer song writer from northern England. He sings traditional songs with fine melodies, and also his own contemporary works. His writing is bold, original, and passionate, and he accompanies himself with guitar.
Pete is a fearless singer who takes folk to its essence. His writing is sincere, powerful and highly relevant. Themes include political and social observation.
One moving song about the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict, "The Two Brothers", was thoughtful and humane. Other songs touch themes of family, locality (Swarthmoor) and some are just damned funny (eg Six Billion Eccentrics). One song, 'The Shores of Italy" about a boatload of refugees that sank off the coast of Italy, was very moving. Pete's couurageous approach to his music is not just in the content of his songs, but in his powerful, highly original interpretations. His wonderful voice soared on the old song "To Be a Farmer's Boy' and Andy Irvine's 'Never Tire of the Road'.
It was interesting to watch Pete mucking around at a session late one night at the National in Canberra. Apart from being hugely funny, he came across as a good bloke. Thank you, Pete, we all had a great night.