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CD Review in Giggle Beats
Songs To Sing & Jokes To Tell

Pete Scott's latest album a comedy album no less tells tales rooted in the culture & identity of the North East. Combining humour and truth in his distinctive & accomplished style, Songs To Sing & Jokes To Tell is a real treat.

From the pitfalls of modern living in Spam & Bubble to the sad fate of Billy Gibson's Things, there is a story or a joke for everyone. Scott's blues influences ring out through the album, and the simple, stark recording with a solo guitar bring the ghosts of Joe Wilson & the music halls back to life.

Clever use of rhyme & dialect give a real warmth and sincerity to the tracks, bringing the mundane and humorous aspects of everyday life in the North East to the fore. All of the lyrics are open, accessible, and importantly, inoffensive, a breath of fresh air in a world where comedy can often be suggestive, provocative, and just plain rude!

My personal favourite is BB King Keyring, exploring the life changing ability and futility of a simple gift. Scott's storytelling aesthetic is rooted deep in folk and blues, and in the local area, making him a perfect custodian of the tradition.

The album gives us all something to enjoy, to be proud of, and to reflect on. A great introduction to Pete's music if you're new to it like me, and a welcome follow up to Why Sing Goodbye Songs for fans.

Sarah Davy
July 2013

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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
available online from:

    CD Baby

Hear tracks from the album

CD - Why Sing Goodbye Songs

Why Sing Goodbye Songs
available online from:

    CD Baby

Hear tracks from the album

Read the album launch review

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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