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PETE ARNOLD

PETE ARNOLD

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Pete ArnoldPete Arnold was born in Liverpool, England, UK, in 1949. A guitar and banjo playing folk singer songwriter from an Dublin-Irish family background, and founder member of folk groups Salty Dog, Johnny Was, The Travelling Folk, Peaky Blinders and Almost Blues. His history in the folk scene spans some forty years learning his trade in clubs such as the "Old Washhouse" folk club in Lord Street, Liverpool, "Gregsons Wall" the home club of "The Spinners" and other folk clubs on the Wirral and Merseyside area, before moving on to appearances initially with the Creek Jug Band touring the UK and Ireland, whilst at the same time songwriting and winning three Welsh Eistedfodd song writing prizes.

Pete Arnold's songs have also been acclaimed by many other folk artistes such as the Fureys recording Pete's song "I Remember Mary" for EMI Records on their "Claddagh Road" album release to Ireland's Brendan Shine recording Pete's song the "Robinsons Ball" for Play Records released on CD, cassette, video, DVD and film, to various other international folk artistes performing and recording Pete's songs, to congratulatory correspondence and interest on Pete's songwriting and performing from that legend of folk, Christy Moore etc.

Pete Arnold's notable appearances over the years with his various groups in England, UK, have been not only at eminent folk clubs but also at folk festivals to include the Bromyard Folk Festival, Kendal Folk Festival, The Sidmouth Folk Festival, The Edinburgh Folk Festival, The Cambridge Folk Festival, The Cheltenham Folk Festival, to name but a few.

As a songwriter Pete Arnold's achievements are numerous to include being the winner of the 21st Anniversary competition for Birmingham Bull Ring where the song was commercially released, Winner of the Edinburgh Folk Festival "Songsearch" competition with the song "Echoing Still", Birmingham Buskers competition winners 1985/86 and 1986/87, songwriter and performer of the song "Olympic City 1992" the song chosen by the Birmingham Olympic Committee as their official anthem to host the 1992 Olympic games (commercially released on record), the song "The Fitzroy Girl" placed fourth out of 3,600 songs at the Kendal Folk Festival (released commercially on record and which has become a classic folk song being recorded by many folk artistes, voted top act at the Droitwitch SPA Busking Festival. The song "Ghost Trains" being placed out of 4,000 songs entered for the 1987 Legal and General "Songsearch" competition, songwriting contributor with songs "Summer Lane" and "Tall Ships" featuring on the British Rail Commemorative album celebrating twenty-one years of inner city travel, songwriter, performer and producer of BBC West Midlands television's song "Children In Need", contributor to Radio West Midlands for many years to the stations weekly spot "It's a Dogs Life" and to broadcasts and performances on BBC Pebble Mill and "Central Live Weekend" television and much, much more. Peter Arnold's folk release "Children of the Dust" is digitally re-mastered from mainly unreleased archive recordings which are part of English and Irish folk history.

ABOUT THE ALBUM:Peter Arnold's seventeen track folk release "Children of the Dust" has been digitally re-mastered from mainly unreleased archive recordings from 1986, 1987 & 1988 and which are part of English and Irish folk history.

Pete Arnold's songs on this "Children of the Dust" release comprise such classics as "The Fitzroy Girl" a true story and a highly emotional song about Rosemary Fitzroy, who in 1922 died of consumption in a Paris sanatorium near Montparnasse, France. Six months earlier, her father, mother, elder brother and younger sister died savagely in an Irish republican ambush outside the town of Colraine. Rosemary's lover was a member of that same IRA brigade, betrayed, rejected and devastated she left the shores of Ireland in the company of a young British officer, a long time admirer. It is his story that the song recalls and the unassailable fact that the innocent always seem to suffer disproportionately to the guilty, whatever and wherever the conflict. "Precious Lady" is a song about romantic difficulties with a very beautiful vagabond lady. "Echoing Still" is a song about and for Liverpool, bringing a contrast of sadness and joy, with the Edge Hill in the song being the last stop on the London train before Lime Street and with the Black River (Mersey) speaking for itself. The tragic song "Children of the Dust" expresses in many ways the most painful of all tragedies of the Holocaust - the fate of many children - no one can read or hear about these terrible years without being moved and at times overwhelmed by the ruthless, diabolical destruction of young life, from the tiniest baby to the teenager on the verge of what ought to have been the years of opportunity and fulfilment (Martin Gilbert - "The Holocaust") this song is truly one to stir the emotions. This album release is full of great songs. "Cobblestone days" recalling childhood days in Liverpool. "The Drums of Childhood Dreams", a song originally written for the BBC to commemorate "Poppy Day" and is a testament to the valour of all those who fight for the right to freedom, expressing the insanity of man. "Remembrance Day" is a classic song based loosely on recollections of Pete Arnold's grandfather who saw action at Gallipoli (1915) and the Somme (1916) and was later invalided out of the army. "Ghost Trains" is a song about bright eyed children who would chalk up pictures of ghosts, witches and skeletons on the walls of back entries down Earl Road in Liverpool and pretend they were the famed "Ghost Train" of New Brighton, a ferry ride across the Mersey. Like the fairground in New Brighton, the game has long since finished, childhood friends are gone but the fond memories are never forgotten. "Lady Mary" is a song which recalls the legend of a ruined fort on the west coast of Ireland, one of the thirty to forty thousand ruined forts throughout Ireland, two thousand in Limerick alone. During Oliver Cromwell's insurgence in 1649, it tells of a royalist cavalier who during his flight from Cromwell's men, abducted the beautiful Lady Mary from her future Lord Martin and fled to the comparative safety of France. All the other fantastic folk songs, "Midnight on the Road", "The Leinster Fusilier", "Wild Geese", "Easy Come Mornings", "The Night of the Robinsons Ball", "Time Was", "I Remember Mary", "Cassandra's Last Waltz" on this classic folk release have a story and history to tell, and will no doubt grace any folk collectors collection of artistes and folk songs.

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