May 4, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Private home
Newton Corner
Newton, MA
$20 ($5 for students)
Lori Fassman

Brian Peters

Reservations are required: send email to houseconcerts@fssgb.org.
Admission is $20 at the door ($5 for students).
Address will be given out when you make reservations.

Brian Peters is, according to the UK’s Living Tradition magazine “a top-notch singer and player, also one of the best-researched performers currently doing the rounds, and master of several crafts” while the US folk music magazine Dirty Linen described him as “one of the very best performers in the field of English traditional song and music”.

Brian is a true all-rounder, on the one hand a passionate singer able to tackle big songs, and on the other a multi-instrumentalist acknowledged as one of England’s leading exponents of the anglo concertina and melodeon (button accordion) and a skilled guitarist as well. Having begun his career in the folk clubs of England, he’s taken his music to stages all over the world, touring regularly in America, Europe and Australia, but always retaining a deep commitment to the musical traditions of his native country.

Brian is experienced as a teacher and workshop leader, having tutored classes on ballads and singing style at North American summer schools including Pinewoods, Augusta and Swannanoa, and many English folk festivals where he also leads regular workshop groups on concertina, melodeon and guitar. He’s made numerous recordings, from the concertina-centred ‘Anglophilia’ to the ballad-themed ‘Songs of Trial and Triumph’ and (with Jeff Davis) ‘Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest’, all of which have received a warm reception from reviewers. He’s also the accordion player heard regularly on the TV cartoon Spongebob Squarepants…

A performance by Brian will always include some of the Child ballads that are closest to his heart, some great choruses to join in with, and a song or two from his recent project on Cecil Sharp’s Appalachian collection. You can also expect some virtuoso squeezebox playing, from the old English tunes he has researched, to instrumental compositions of his own, and even a piece of ragtime if he’s in the mood. There’s always plenty of variety, leavened with Brian’s uniquely quirky sense of humor.