Musicians Biography


You can always expect a brilliant performance from Pete, an accomplished songwriter who consistently delivers high quality performances of his own solo material

The Arches, Tynemouth 2023

As a singer/songwriter Pete has shared the stage with Lindisfarne, Richard Thompson, Boo Hewerdine and Baz (Stranglers) Warnes. He has graced the stages of the Cambridge Folk Festival, Brampton Live, WOMAD, and The isle of Jura Folk Festival (where he was also artist in residence ever year for five years) and plays in bars, venues and even boats up and down the country and across Europe and Ecuador. Pete’s eclectic inspirations range from Tyrannosaurus Rex, Nick Drake and Richard Thompson to Roy Harper, Jimi Hendrix and King Crimson.

More recently Pete has been performing solo and with one of his two trios at venues across the north east.

Pete’s Trios feature Pete Shaw – guitar and voice, Andy Tinkler – bass and vocals & Anneka Johnson on percussion (Jason Thompson dep) alternatively Pete – guitar and voice, Samantha on cello and Janet Tomlinson on fiddle or a combination thereof

Samantha Kate – Pete – Janet Tomlinson
Whitley Bay Fiesta – St Pail’s Church – Oct 1st – 2023

From his widely respected own compositions including live favourites Icarus Feather, Conversing With The Moon and Box Full of Letters to rare acoustic covers of songs from Hendrix and stones to John Martyn and Neil Young, Pete keeps the challenge going to find songs old and new he enjoys playing – and that is the key – Pete enjoys the songs he plays and it comes across in his performances, whether solo acoustic or in one of his occasional bands.

Halloween Festival – The Ticket Office – Whitley Bay – Oct 28th – 2023

Below you can fins a few of his songs and some of what’s been said…

“Pete ‘Acoustic’ Shaw: Guitarist with the late, great Beeblefish Trio; Pete is back with his innovative original tunes for a solo set that will include all the usual great musicianship, humour and warmth associated with this captivating performer… Not to be missed! Check him out!”

Acoustic Nights @ The North Terrace 

“An old favourite of Pulse music, Playing whimsical songs of original composition Pete Shaw’s musical style is pretty unique given his broad interest in music, and almost in spite of his rock virtuoso influences his own music is heavily entrenched  in a blues/folk crossover with clever pull offs and hammer on plays, almost playing lead while playing rhythm guitar and singing at the same time. Many know him and love him especially his catchy powerful songs such as Icarus Feather, Conversing With The Moon, Backs of Angels and a certain song about a much favoured Computer Gaming Console”

Pulse Music, Blyth

“Great to see an unknown and original singer songwriter with such energy and stage presence, we’ve had him here more than once and will have him back again, gladly”

Brampton Live

“Original songs and quirky covers, with drive and humour Pete an all round great performer, a fine addition to our festival calendar” 

The Maltings, Berwick

“Fantastic! playing at both our festivals, energetic and original Pete is a great player and performer, and with Sam on the Cello, it was almost perfect”

Three Horse Shoes Music Festival/Rec Fest 2011

“I’ve been to see all the gigs in the town tonight (Christmas 2011) and this one is the best, great fun, thank you!”

Christmas Eve at the Blyth & Tyne

“He’s a legend in these parts”

Paula Barlow, Facebook posting re Roxbury Buskers

“Pete WHO?”

Richard Thompson
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