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November 9, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm£ 12
I first came across Peter Nardini at a ‘Jobs for Youth’ rally in the City Halls in 1980 or thereabouts … Amidst all the hubbub I didn’t catch his name but I certainly caught his drift. The banshee mouthie and the high astringent voice cut through all the politicking. It was very Scottish, very American. and very Italian … The author of ‘these common speech’ arias turned out to be Peter Nardini … same aim and characteristics inform all his work … good likeness is what he is after … faithfulness to reality as refracted through the lens of an imagination as vivid as it is honest … the musical idioms and rhythms of American folk and pop with the speech patterns of the West of Scotland … an artist with an eye and an ear for transforming detail, a man who can paint stories and sing pictures. Donny O’Rourke
Peter’s first album released in 1982 was a collection of songs most of which were written for Radio Scotland’s satirical/topical series ‘Naked Radio’. The title track ‘A Think You’re Great’ was released as a single.
His second album ‘Is There Anybody Out There?’ released in 1986 consisted of a selection of humorous, political and love songs. This album, originally in vinyl, was re-released in 2000 on CD. In 1993 the album ‘Screams and Kisses’ was released on the Eclectic Records label and although the songs have a folk base this album has more of a pop feel to it.
The best known song from this album is ‘A Kiss From Wishaw Cross,’ which has also been recorded by Terry Neason who has included several of Peter’s songs in her repertoire over the years.
His album ‘Rain Din’ released in 2005 was well received as is evident in this example of several positive reviews:
The whole album could be viewed as a series of short stories with the subject matter swinging from not-so-true-love on “Bright eyed boy” to the darkly humorous Bukowskiesc tale of a grown man celebrating Christmas alone and not receiving a card from his ex on “Plastic Angels”. It’s full of characters that we have all passed by in the street and never batted an eyelid at – however Nardini has taken an interest in these people’s lives and portrays them in everyday situations in such an intriguing way that you can’t help but be drawn towards or feel some kind of emotion for them. Stuart Ross, Living Tradition
His album, ‘Hug’ released in 2012 was nominated for ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year’ in the Scottish New Music Awards in 2012.
In 2015, he released an album of new songs “Sixtysix”. These songs are mostly love songs and personal reflections of earlier times. Several tracks from this album are regularly played on BBC Radio Scotland and other local and regional stations..
Peter has performed in the Assembly Rooms, the Usher Hall, the Pavilion and the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh as well as the City Halls, the Tron Theatre and Barrowland in Glasgow. Over the years he has performed with various well known performers including Loudon Wainwright III, Billy Bragg, The Proclaimers, Paul Brady, Alan Price and Tom Robinson. He performed live on the Iain Anderson Show as part of BBC Music at the Quay on 8 June 2015.
Because of a debilitating condition in his strumming arm Peter’s public performances have been very rare over the past 15 years and this will be a rare opportunity to see him perform live. Prior to this condition, he was regularly seen and heard on TV and radio with performances including Andy Kershaw, Tom Morton and Travelling Folk as well as TV performances including ‘The Tube’.
Peter has continued to write songs over the years and has adapted his playing style recently enabling him to perform again. He is still writing and recording new songs and intends to produce more albums in the near future. For the past 7 years Peter has recorded new songs with Ken Donaldson (Will o’ the Wisp Studio) based in Edinburgh. The songs are written and sung by Peter and arranged and recorded by Ken. It has been a long and pleasant process, concentrating on a selection of the songs over the past 2 years to produce an album or two for release in the near future.