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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

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“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”.



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