Pete Molinari - UK Indie Folk Songwriter
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 8:00 PM PDT
(7:30 PM Doors)
Tractor, Seattle, WA
21 years and over
“Pete Molinari – if you don’t know anything about him, he’s great” - Bruce Springsteen
Pete Molinari is fast establishing himself as one of the UK's most exciting musical talents. Born into a
large Maltese, Italian and Egyptian family in Kent, the young musician became fascinated with the
1960s' folk of Leadbelly, Hank Williams,and Woody Guthrie. After reading the beat writings of Jack
Kerouac, Pete set off for New York where he honed his craft in the blues clubs of the East Village.
Then he travelled to Memphis, New Orleans, San Francisco and Los Angeles when he could, before
returning home to record his debut album “Walking Off The Map” with the help of Billy Childish. While
recording his follow up album, “A Virtual Landslide” at Toe Rag Studios in London, Pete began
working with producer Liam Watson, invigorating his sound with a full band, thus uniquely
modernising a historic sound.
His previous work, the critically acclaimed “A Train Bound For Glory,” earned Pete an appearance on
BBC's Later With Jools Holland and a nomination for Best Newcomer at the MOJO Awards. Pete
was honored to join Yoko Ono on stage last summer when she curated the 2013 Meltdown Festival at
the Royal Festival Hall in London. For the festival finale, Yoko and her band performed for the first
time ever the John Lennon/Yoko Ono Double Fantasy album, in its entirety. Yoko handpicked Pete to
sing the Lennon songs “Woman” and “(Just Like) Starting Over” along with her band. Other featured
guests included Sean Lennon, Patti Smith, Peaches, Boy George, Siouxsie Sioux and Earl Slick.
Successful stints in the U.S. brought acclaim from a host of songwriters and producers as diverse as
Bruce Springsteen, Ray Davies, Yoko Ono, Dan Auerbach, Raul Malo, Andrew Weatherall and Tchad
Blake who have all become fans of the songwriter from Chatham. Pete talks about the support of
such musical luminaries with his feet firmly on the ground: “I love what they do as well. I’m thrilled to
think they appreciate the substance and content of my music”.