Pete Gardiner is a singer-songwriter from Newtownards in Northern Ireland. He’s had a passion for music since the age of six when he first heard Slash play the opening three chords of ‘Knockin’ on Heavens Door’. He got his first guitar when he was thirteen and developed the sort of serious passion for rock music that only a teenager can.
Pete is a true and clever lyricist. It’s in his blood. He writes about his circumstances at any given moment, his relationships with people, doomed romances, news stories that hit him hard and pretty much any thought that comes into his head. His music is strongly influenced by his idols: Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Bruce Springsteen. As his talents have matured he says of Dylan and Cohen, “They are both as endearing as each other; they can take you as far as you are willing to go and then drag you that little bit further. I learn more and more from them every day.”
For many of his early years, Pete worked as a cashier in a bank, playing gigs around local bars at weekends while also recording a few EPs, which gained a lot of local airplay on regional BBC stations. Then, discovered by a radio network in the UK, he was signed by, entrepreneur Neil Utley’s label NUA Entertainment, which is chaired by Grammy winner Paul Hardcastle.
His new single ‘Pretty Smiles’ is out now.
Well, that’s the PR… Why not check out Pete below in our Disorder SoundCheck and see for yourself. We think he’s pretty cool!
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