Houdini

by PETE GUY

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about

Full of optimism and hope, Pete Guy hails from Herts and puts a smile on your face. Catchy, uplifting and joyful, this new artist on Folkstock Records has a voice to melt the most frozen of hearts. This is Pete Guy's debut EP with Folkstock Records. Houdini the single and the EP are both released on May 1st.
As reviewed in April's edition of R2 Magazine.
"Pete Guy has got the contemporary folk-pop Americana thing down to a T” Sean McGhee, R2 Magazine

Years of perfecting your craft and then a big decision to go solo. Happens to a number of artists who start off in bands in their teens and then a mixture of life and love of music refine the offering again and again. What Pete Guy is offering us is a distillation of hope over experience, an optimistic selection of tracks full to the brim of redemption, reaction and a refusal to give up. And he’s worked ceaselessly on his songwriting to get to this stage.
However Pete is not your run of the mill male singer songwriter. In fact, it would not be unreasonable to describe Pete as ‘a mature musician’, who is what many would say ‘the wrong side of 40’ to be launching a solo career. We feel that Pete is carrying the flag for the more experienced performer in a society which appears to prize youth above all else. Surely that extra life experience has to count for something ?
Pete approached Folkstock’s Helen Meissner at a festival stage she was curating as part of Baldock’s annual town festival in September 2014. Intrigued by the softly spoken gentleman offering her some cds and invited her to watch his festival slot the next day, Helen listened when she got home, despite almost dropping with fatigue. Finding a voice which was appealing and warm yet curiously understated, Helen went to watch Pete Guy the next day.
A few hours of deep conversation later and Helen knew that she was fortunate that her world had collided with Pete’s. Someone whom she felt had much to offer and would be able to benefit from some marketing and mentoring, the two main tenents of her Folkstock Arts Foundation.
Pete’s first foray into working with Folkstock involved providing the final track on the ‘surprise hit’ The Christmas Present, Folkstock’s compilation release which has found itself the subject of The Sunday Times’ Christmas CD recommendations. Pete sang his version of Silent Night and was surprised to find the guitar accompaniment removed for the first verse in the final mix. A decision made by the boutique label boss to emphasise his vocal delivery seems to have paid off. In fact, one reviewer even implied that the joining accompaniment in verse 2 was extraneous !
The single Weathered the Storm heralded this EP, and was the perfect launch pad to showcase both Pete’s songwriting and delicious voice. It is on this EP along with 5 other strong tracks from Pete’s repertoire. Hope you enjoy Houdini EP as much as we do.
But don’t take our word for it : These were some of the reactions from new music fans after hearing Pete for the first time.

“This is something different, something new. As the hairs on the back of my neck stand to attention, I’m transported back to the first time I heard Damien Rice, then further still to my first introduction to Jeff Buckley. There’s a raw sincerity here that not every artist has the talent to convey”.
Joe Ferris – AbolishRecords.co.uk
“You know that feeling where you don’t really fancy an orange, but you eat one anyway and your body kinda goes “Oh yeah! That hit the spot. I ruddy well needed that!” because your body just knows when something is good for it? Well listening to Pete Guy is like pouring a delicious and nutritious fruit smoothie into your ears and your ears going “Oh yeah! That’s the stuff!”
Abolish Clothing – Facebook
“He is good!! love it! I like the instrumental backing and his voice sounds good on the quieter tracks.” Brian Player, Brian Player Folk and Roots Acoustic Cafe
“His voice is a bit reminiscent of the wonderful Tymon Dogg, but without the crazed energy” Ian Anderson, Froots
“I love his sound..Pete has a slight fresher tone to keep you wanting to hear more. “ SSEE Split Second Events
“vocal elements of one of my obscure "finds", Chris Yendell (Humble Man) which is a huge compliment.” Steven Hodges
“ I'd call Pete's stuff "contemporary folk" (as well as "acoustic"). He comes across as "Cat Stevens meets the Kinks". Good songs, and he delivers them very well vocally, in a nicely understated manner but beguiling all the same, making your ears prick up (that's where the Cat Stevens bit comes in, but also in his lyrics - very reminiscent of my old compatriot).
This guy could go very far indeed. He is still folk in my book, but like Cat Stevens he can cross into popular aesthetics effortlessly.” George Papavgeris
“love his voice” Tom Oswald, Red Dragon Records/ Videscape
“I still like it after about 5 tracks, I've not heard a bad one, though I liked the first one best. I suppose the good thing is the overall sound reminds me of "someone" but I can't think who - so it sounds "familiar" without being derivative” Guitar Tuition Basingstoke
“upbeat fresh music and ready for the radio at gas mark 6” Alex Hawkins, Frome FM, Homely Remedies
“I absolutely loved Weathered The Storm - it's such a happy song! It made me feel nostalgic. And it just worked so well” Chloe Harmsworth
“There’s a real maturity in his outstanding lyrics and beautiful melodies. Reminds me a lot of Cat Stevens- I thought I was going to listen to just one track, then many others followed, which was a treat.” Trevor Beaumont

credits

released May 1, 2015

All songs written and performed by Pete Guy. Produced by Andy Theakstone at Unit Studios, Letchworth Garden City UK. Drums - Rich Squire. Violin on Houdini and Weathered The Storm - Genevieve Witham. Violin on Taking The Plunge - JB Briant

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Boutique label releasing handpicked singer songwriters from the Folkstock fold.
Most engineering, mixing and mastering by Lauren Deakin Davies.
Except Bright Season by Bright Season - released 31st May 2014
The F Spot by Friends of Folkstock - release date 17th May 2014
Passing the Baton - Swarb and Folkstock friends - 5th April 2014
Debut EP release from Kelly Oliver on 26.11.13. Far From Home
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Track Name: Houdini
HOUDINI

My shadow sits, drumming it's fingers
It's grown tired and bored of me
It's been threatening to cut itself off
To wriggle free and do a Houdini

Come on save me, come and rescue me
Before the war inside, gets the better of me

Scrape me back off, of the pavement
Come dust me down off the shelf
Plug the holes where I'm dripping through
And sign me a clean bill of health

Come on save me, come and rescue me
Before the war inside, gets the better of me

Let down the anchor, drop overboard it's chain
Keep the sands from shifting, level my buckled heart again
Track Name: If It Should Fade
IF IT SHOULD FADE

A coffee ring stain is all that remains
to show that you were sitting here
Though the intensity of the colour may change
your occupancy I will forever keep near

You have left your mark
and scratched away at the hole in the dark
Burned a permanence in my heart
that will last even if it should fade
even if it should fade
even if it should fade

I still sense your presence close by kept safe
hidden within my memory
Like an exploding star far away off
your burning bright light still reaches me

You have left your mark
and scratched away at the hole in the dark
Burned a permanence in my heart
that will last even if it should fade
even if it should fade
even if it should fade
Track Name: Weathered the Storm
WEATHERED THE STORM

Staring out upon a wide night sky
looking like a map of our lives
Full of Big Dippers and littered Ploughs
of highs and lows truths and white lies
We've weathered the storm
yeah we've weathered the storm

Into the clouds and out the other side
through wind and rain drenched skies
Baring the scars of the paths that we tried
a love intact a hope that survived

The waves have been like 60 feet high
trying their best to capsize
Bailing out the water doing all but go under
sea sprays been blinding our eyes
We've weathered the storm
yeah we've weathered the storm

Into the clouds and out the other side
through wind and rain drenched skies
Baring the scars of the paths that we tried
a love intact a hope that survived

Holding on, we are holding on - coming out the other side
Holding on, we are holding on - coming out the other side
Track Name: Let the Light Pour In
LET THE LIGHT POUR IN

Throw the windows open
let the light pour in
your painted frames are flaking
The trees are bending over backwards
stooping down to peep in
the sun's begun shining

Let the light pour in
set to write a new beginning
Let the light pour in
the sun's begun shining

Your head's crammed to the rafters
covered in a thick layer of dust
confused what you thought you'd sussed
Complications like a steam roller
have been flattening you down
it's time to tune into a new sound

And let the light pour in
set to write a new beginning
Let the light pour in
the sun's begun shining
Track Name: Feather House
FEATHER HOUSE

You're gonna build a feather house
somewhere soft to lay your head
Take off with the wind to the clouds
from the comfort of your bed

Your feather house will fly
and take you on your way
High above the trees and the falling leaves
and set you down to play

You've been looking for a place of peace
somewhere far away
To be pulled in underneath the wings
out of the gust of the day

Your feather house will fly
and take you on your way
High above the trees and the falling leaves
and set you down to play
Track Name: Taking the Plunge
TAKING THE PLUNGE
Laying awake unable to sleep
on the cusp of something deep
Close my eyes and try counting sheep
but they just huddle up in a heap
Been waiting in a line to be picked
to be called upon to play in the game
Hoping I'll not be the last one
maybe now is the time for a change
Cause I've been too long on the outside
soaking it up like a sponge
Being found with a broadening smile
I'm taking the plunge, taking the plunge
A door is opening
the possibilities roll in
A hand is beckoning
come on in, come on in
My feet are dangling
with my toes just dipping in
The waters are just fine
I'm wading in, wading in

Cause I've been too long on the outside
soaking it up like a sponge
Being found with a broadening smile
I'm taking the plunge, taking the plunge