TUNE Pete Guy - Weathered the Storm
Full of optimism and hope, Pete Guy hails from Herts and puts a smile on your face. Catchy, uplifting and joyful, this new solo artist has a voice to melt the most frozen of hearts. Hear his first single with Folkstock Records here, ahead of his EP, Houdini, due out early summer.
Years of perfecting your craft and then a big decision to go solo. Happens to a number of artists who start off in bands in their teens and then a mixture of life and love of music refine the offering again and again. What Pete Guy is offering us is a distillation of hope over experience, an optimistic selection of tracks full to the brim of redemption, reaction and a refusal to give up. And he’s worked ceaselessly on his songwriting to get to this stage.
However Pete is not your run of the mill male singer songwriter. In fact, it would not be unreasonable to describe Pete as ‘a mature musician’, who is what many would say ‘the wrong side of 40’ to be launching a solo career. We feel that Pete is carrying the flag for the more experienced performer in a society which appears to prize youth above all else. Surely that extra life experience has to count for something ?
Pete approached Folkstock’s Helen Meissner at a festival stage she was curating as part of Baldock’s annual town festival in September 2014. Intrigued by the softly spoken gentleman offering her some cds and invited her to watch his festival slot the next day, Helen listened when she got home, despite almost dropping with fatigue. Finding a voice which was appealing and warm yet curiously understated, Helen went to watch Pete Guy the next day.
A few hours of deep conversation later and Helen knew that she was fortunate that her world had collided with Pete’s. Someone whom she felt had much to offer and would be able to benefit from some marketing and mentoring, the two main tenents of her Folkstock Arts Foundation.
Pete’s first foray into working with Folkstock involved providing the final track on the ‘surprise hit’ The Christmas Present, Folkstock’s compilation release which has found itself the subject of The Sunday Times’ Christmas CD recommendations. Pete sang his version of Silent Night and was surprised to find the guitar accompaniment removed for the first verse in the final mix. A decision made by the boutique label boss to emphasise his vocal delivery seems to have paid off. In fact, one reviewer even implied that the joining accompaniment in verse 2 was extraneous !