Pete Kenyon & The Wake
Guitar chime, lap steels soar, the drums lay down a relentless groove. Friends such as Jen Anderson (Black Sorrows) and Marcy Taylor (Ruckus) fiddle up a storm, banjos and mandolin weave in and out of the mix.
Alt country meets classic country meets folk meets pop. The sound is Pete Kenyon and the Wake, whose soon-to-be released debut album - Long Hard Labour of Love - has already received strong positive industry feedback, with the first single and title track gaining national airplay on the Hot Country FM network.
A lover of classic song-writing, Pete finds the '3 chord' simplicity of country inspiring. "Country music's built around the body" says Pete, "Like Celtic music, it's based on the dance. It's human music, just by the melody alone. And there's so many links between country and pop. It's in the Stones, The Beatles. Or take a song like Springsteen's I'm On Fire - pure country, but done in a rock style."
Pete's love of simplicity goes back to early musical inspirations like John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, Dave Edmunds, and the late, great Marc Bolan (who once wrote one of his biggest, and simplest, hits in 90 seconds flat!) Other inspirations have been the Celtic-rock of Big Country, and the folk-pop crossover of Joan Armatrading, Paul Kelly, Neil Young and J. J. Cale.
Pete performs both solo or with The Wake - as a duo, trio or full band.
Melbourne-based singer-songwriter/guitarist: Pete has performed at many of the city’s best-known venues & festivals. Recently involved in a Nashville writing/recording project with rising country star Troy Kemp (of McAlistair Kemp - just signed to ABC Records), Pete's also written with artists such as Dan Hall (Airway Lanes /Taxiride), & Tony Slavich (musical director: Renee Geyer, Ross Wilson, Mike Rudd.)
Producer/instrumentalist/singer/songwriter: Fallon was born in Chicago. He headed for London after being spotted by Steve Marriott (of Small Faces fame) to join Humble Pie. While touring the world in the mid 80s, he fell in love with Australia & took up residency. His career has seen him perform on stage with people like: Bob Dylan, Bryan Adams & Tim Finn, & record with the Georgia Satellites & members of Steppenwolf. Fallon now plays regularly in Melbourne & works in music & media across the world - his latest performance filmed by Channel Ten & Southern Cross Media on the Great Wall of China.
Electric, acoustic & slide guitar/resonator/lap steel: Originally from Sydney, Mark has played with: Fat Albert, Ricky & the Red Streaks, Reuben Tice, The Torpedoes, Primal Tears, & Sol Sebastion; played guitar on albums for artists including Sharin Anderson, Geoff Bridgeford (Bee Gee's), Bob Brown (Give me a home among the gum trees); & supported bands such as AC/DC, Split Enz, and Wishbone Ash. He's presently playing with Brian Baker & the Spoils of the Empire, The Moonlighters, and his own band Chicken House, playing blues venues & festivals around Victoria. In 1996-Mark was approached by ex-YTT star Johnny Young to form a touring band & spent the last 8 years playing the club circuit all over Australia, with guest stars such as Normie Rowe, Ronnie Burns, Marcie Jones, Buddy England, Bobby Bright, Denise Drysdale, & Lyn Randell.