Pete Harris has been active on the South Coast Blues scene for over 30 years. With the Bob Pearce Blues Band he gigged extensively in the UK and Europe, recording an album on the prestigious Blue Horizon label. He has subsequently led various incarnations of the Pete Harris Blues Band, recognised as one of the leading Blues bands on the South Coast of England. Pete has performed onstage with many American Blues artistes, notably Phil Guy (brother of Buddy Guy), Lowell Fulson, Tabby Thomas, Gene ” Mighty Flea” Connors, Mojo Buford (ex Muddy Waters Band), Byther Smith, Carrie and Lurrie Bell, Jerry McCain and Lazy Lester. He has appeared on BBC television, Southampton TV, Portsmouth TV and many times on national and local radio. Pete has performed in the UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and New Zealand, where he headlined at several festivals. He was also known on the Folk scene as musical partner of acclaimed singer/songwriter Mick Ryan.
WHAT THEY SAY:
“To find a better Blues guitarist than Pete Harris you would probably have to go to Chicago” (Southampton Jazz Society)
“Pete… is a lead guitar player of deceptive skill and emotional depth. His playing appeals to the head and to the feet.” (Blueprint magazine)
“Pete Harris is a baaaad man! (Mojo Buford)
THE PETE HARRIS BLUES BAND The band features the dynamic playing of Poole-based harp ace Hugh Budden and the rock-solid, swinging rhythm section of Bob Manley (bass) and Steve Groves (drums). Together they produce an irresistible blend of swing, funk and down-home Blues. (When Hugh is not available his place is taken by Bristol-based harp maestro Jon Vaughan and when Steve is not available his place is taken by Brian Wright).
“…a band very difficult to outclass on the South Coast and definitely one to be recommended.”
(Blues in the South)
THE PETE HARRIS R&B ALL STARS Whereas the Blues Band specialize in gritty Chicago-style Blues, the All Stars perform a blend of Uptown Blues ( BB King style) and old-school R&B, with a hint of Soul and Rock and Roll. In this lineup Pete, Bob and Steve are joined by keyboard wizard Ray Drury and saxophone ace Paul Tasker.
“The smash hits of the Swanage Blues Festival” (Steve Darrington, festival organiser)
THE PETE HARRIS DUO features Pete on vocals, acoustic guitar and slide guitar and Jon Vaughan or Hugh Budden on harmonica. Together the they produce a heady and exciting mix of goodtime Blues, Ragtime, Gospel and Americana.