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Review, Berwick and Borders Gazette, April 2005
Pete Scott - Talking to a Stranger


After listening to the gently honest folk of Talking to a Stranger, the fact that Tyneside singer songwriter Pete Scott is a name new to me is more my loss than his. It could have something to do with the fact that, after supporting Richard Thompson, Lindisfarne, Janis Ian, Judie Tzuke and John Martyn in the 70s and 80s, he gave it all up to concentrate on writing and teaching, a move which led to him working in maximum security prison, HMP Moorland. The band he formed in prison, 24/7 won an award presented by the then Arts Minister Paul Boeteng.

Pete Scott doesn’t need an imagination to write songs, just a diary. For some reason the North East seems to specialize in no frills, down to earth folk singers. A track like One Man Band is the kind of music that Mark Knopfler has returned to, simple and plain speaking, completely devoid of any unnecessary decoration. Talking to a Stranger is tinged with blues with a little AOR rock thrown in here and there but it is, in essence, a singer songwriter doing what he does best.

A couple of years ago, Pete Scott was commissioned to put music to the work of 19th century Geordie poet Joe Wilson. Not only was that an astute commission it was entirely fitting because, on the evidence of Talking to a Stranger, Pete Scott is as much a poet as any celebrated writer of prose.

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Pete's latest album:

CD - Sweet Dreams Of Contentment

CD - Songs To Sing & Jokes To Tell

Songs To Sing & Jokes To Tell
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CD - Why Sing Goodbye Songs

Why Sing Goodbye Songs
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Watch Pete on YouTube:

    He Said She Said Yeah
    Eddie's Dead
    William Smith and Pauline Jones
    Fantastic Pasty
    Pity The Poor Baritone


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