Welcome to Pete Courtney’s page here on podcasts.ie. For many live gig fans, Pete Courtney, would have been one of the best international solo performers and known for his live performances between 2001 and 2006. Though he flew below the media radar for most of that time he was proficiently active here in Ireland and especially in Spain, Germany, France, India and the USA.
Pete’s debut album “One Of These Kids” lifted him from the trenches into the national consciousness. Critics and the public overwhelmingly enthused over his humble offering which was released through his own independent company Tonal Music in 2001. Participation in the Witness Rising tour the same year and the festival itself in Fairyhouse upped Pete’s profile immensely, eventually creating a wider listening audience for his left-of-center style.
When Pete launched “One of these kids” in Whelan’s in 2001, Dave Kitt, Damien Rice, Steve Fanagan, Canadian song smith James Moore and Alice Jago all played with him for the encore. He was the only orthodox performer invited to play at the Experience festival in India, hosted by the World University of Consciousness in 2003, playing 5 shows over 10 days. When playing on the same bill in New York in 1997, Jeff Buckley was talking with and encouraged Pete to follow his heart, he has done ever since. Pete was one of the merry troupe who sang “hey day” for the Mic Christopher tribute and rang in the new year on the Gay Byrne special in 2004.
Pete’s current album ‘Karma Biscuits’ has been long in development but certainly not short on structure, complexity and pure listening enjoyment. Pete started recording “karma biscuits” in 2007, recording and releasing creativity for him was about personal reflective quality, not quantity. In that same intuitive spirit Pete has waited until now to release this new offering as he believes a socially fresh and positive cycle has returned and the music industries dynamics have favourably shifted. So an album about one particular soul’s journey and how it maintains its spiritual strength and application of unconditional love to all relationship idioms, and to do it all with a contented smile on its face is totally apt.
Pete’s emphasis within music has always been to create and perform honestly and naturally. One can expect some self-effacing stories as well as many tricks and sonic gadgets that other folk would not consider employing into music. Sometimes guest appearance’s from the most evolved session musicians based in Ireland join in with him to enhance the experience of his shows.
An innovative sonic singer/songwriter that massages your heart and transforms the ordinary into something naturally beautiful!
At Podcasts.ie you will get a flavour of Pete’s performance style , we took a pew outside The Dock Arts Centre in Carrick on Shannon and Pete played an exclusive acoustic selection of tracks from both albums in the open air with river boats put putting along the Shannon and the birds vying for attention alongside his music. These are rare performances and by way of an introduction to Pete’s songwriting style we are firstly including an interview with him about his work, you can click on the audio file below. Details of Pete’s live performances are available here .
In our second podcasts you can listen to exclusive performances from his debut album “One of These Kids”
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For more about Pete Courtney’s music you can check out his website by clicking here.
Pete’s New Single ‘White Roses’ with a host of special guests is now available on iTunes by clicking here . All proceeds from the single shall go to The Irish Hospice Foundation and also to the Regional Hospices Nationwide