Pete Castle, Cromford

Pete Castle
42 Mill St
DE4 3RQ Cromford
Derbyshire England
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Pete Castle was born in Ashford, Kent (so he’s a Man of Kent) in 1947. He started playing guitar around age 15 inspired by the Shadows but with the 60s Merseybeat boom he travelled from pop to R&B and, after forming a band himself, volunteered to sing “until we can find a proper singer”. In 1965 Pete went to Bretton Hall College of Education near Wakefield where he met his wife Sue and folk music.
After college he started doing floor spots and the odd local booking, singing a mixture of traditional, contemporary and original songs around south Lincolnshire. They moved to Nottingham in 1971 where they organised folk clubs (Arnold and Carlton); and then on to Luton where Pete was a main organiser of the Luton Folk Festival from 1976 to 82.
He was gradually getting gigs further afield and had settled on an almost exclusively traditional repertoire. In October 1977, just prior to going pro, Dursley folk club said “Rapidly becoming an essential contributor to the revival he combines an exciting guitar style with a fine voice...”

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