Bio

“Excellent songs performed to a high standard… magnificent instrumental playing.”
The Living Tradition

Brian Peters is one of the English folk scene’s great all-rounders, a compelling singer and an outstanding multi-instrumentalist on squeezeboxes and strings. Brian is one of the country’s best anglo-concertina players, is just as good on melodeon, and plays guitar to a high standard, recently adding banjo to his act.  Well known for towering renditions of Child Ballads and other songs from the English tradition, Brian adds beautifully-played squeezebox instrumentals to a repertoire full of variety, fire and humour.  He also has a deep knowledge of the history behind the old songs.

Brian has played most of the major folk festivals in Britain, and works all over the world, including regular tours of the USA and several appearances at the Australian National Folk Festival.  Brian is also in great demand as an instrumental teacher and workshop leader, has recorded several highly-acclaimed CDs, and devised concept performances of Child Ballads and Appalachian-English songs.  He’s worked with singers and musicians including Sara Grey, Jeff Davis (USA), Bella Hardy, Lucy Ward, Jackie Oates and James Findlay, and is currently performing ‘The Road to Peterloo’ with Pete Coe and Laura Smyth.