At the age of 18, West Midlands-raised bassist Pete Williams was invited by an old school friend to join a yet unnamed “new-wave soul group” which would soon become the now celebrated group Dexys Midnight Runners. Back on tour with his own band and under his own name, The Pete Williams Band are set to return to the North East later this month with a highly-anticipated performance at the Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough.
In 2012, Williams released his long-awaited debut solo album entitled ‘See’ which featured a stunning guest appearance by friend and fellow musician Richard Hawley, lending his hand on guitar. Hawley spoke of his relationship with Williams: “We can smell each other out. Pete smells good and is a damn fine man and musician”.
A return to Sheffield was in store for Pete Williams and his band in 2014, the location in which he would record his second solo album ‘Roughnecks and Roustabouts’ at Tesla Studios; with guest appearances from Mick Talbot, Clive Mellor, Fred Skidmore, Danny McCormack and Josie Lawrence. The LP was released a year later on 30th March 2015.
Peter and his band deliver songs of mystery, imagination, love, loss, joy and memory that come down on you like a ton of feathers and his performance in the heart of Middlesbrough later this month is sure to be a gig not to be missed.
Support for the night comes from local artists Thee Strawberry Mynde and Peg Powler.
The Pete Williams Band plays Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough on Friday 27th July. Tickets, priced at £10.00 are available to book online at seetickets.com or by contacting the venue directly on 01642 242164. Doors for this one open at 19:30.