Folk Bands and Artists
“One of England’s best kept musical secrets” Rolling Stone
“One of the finest songwriters in Britain” The Independent
It started back in 1995 when Peter signed to Almo Sounds, where his label-mates included Gillian Welch and Garbage. He made two albums for the label: Cannibal and Camelot in Smithereens. Grammy-winner Peter Smith (Sting/Squeeze), who produced Pete’s debut Cannibal, still cites it as “one of the top 3 records I’ve worked on”.
In 1999 Peter signed to Slowriver/ Rykodisc and released Normal For Bridgwater, a record that was to be his biggest commercial success to date which won him wider acclaim in North America. Upon hearing the album, Kathleen Edwards told her producer when recording her debut Failer, “I want to make an album like this”. Peter struck up a friendship with Son Volt, which resulted in them touring together. It also saw the introduction to Peter’s band of 17 year-old James Walbourne. As well as playing with Peter, James is now half of the duo Rails with his wife Kami Thompson.
Rather than reproduce the Americana feel of Normal For Bridgwater, Peter’s restless musical spirit has seen him strike out in new direction with almost every subsequent album. Four albums for Loose continued to win him admirers – by 2005, The Independent were calling him “one of the finest songwriters in Britain” and Richmond Fontaine’s front man Willy Vlautin named Peter as his favourite singer.
His 2009 Loose album Peter And The Murder Of Crows is filled with psychedelic drones and mellifluous tunes; the album found reviewers and fans alike comparing him with Nick Drake and John Martyn. It was one of Q magazine’s ‘Albums Of The Year’ and was an ‘Americana Album Of The Month’ in MOJO Magazine.
Ever inventive, with 2011’s Black Mountain UFO Peter mixed West Coast harmonies with the requisite dab of psychedelia.
2013’s Retrospective featured tracks from all of Peter’s albums to date and was crowned with a re-recorded version and video of ‘Played Out’ featuring platinum-selling Rumer.
“Bruntnell has a remarkable knack for turning out big, dreamy, melodic, memorable songs” – MOJO
“His songs are warm and beautifully radiant” Uncut