Pete Dilley is a singer/songwriter from Shotley Bridge, Consett, Co. Durham. A Beatle obsessive from an early age, he started learning guitar at age 11. A Ralph McTell gig in 2001 sparked an interest in finger-style guitar and English and American folk music. In 2017 he opened for Ralph McTell in Whitley Bay: a career highlight.
Guitar aside, Pete plays a variety of other instruments including banjo, harmonica, bouzouki and lap steel guitar, with his main influences being Richard Thompson, Nic Jones, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Dickinson, Martin Simpson and Steve Tilston.
In 2020, Pete completed his 5th album (on two discs), ‘Half-Truths and Hearsay’, recorded at Nick Roger’s studio in Kendal. The album features Nick Rogers, Dawn Foster, Richard Bennett, Phil Simpson (folk musician and Strada music agent for the Young ’uns and The Unthanks), and Steve and Sandra Harrison: all stalwarts of the Lake District music scene. Songs cover love, domestic life, poverty, industrial strife, hometown reflections, as well as paying homage to musical heroes and the folk tradition.
In 2018 he moved to Hebden Bridge where he has been integrating himself in the local music scene and performing at folk clubs in Cumbria, Yorkshire and the North East, as well as festival dates.
In 2020, he began working on a film with English folk guitarist and singer/songwriter, Steve Tilston, to celebrate his 50th Year in the industry called ‘A Tilston Trail’ . The film features walking, conversation and music, including some collaborations between Steve and Pete.
“‘Quite simply Peter Dilley is one of the very best players/songwriters from this new generation. His song ‘Deep blue dreams’ is timeless and makes me wish I’d written it.” Steve Tilston.
In Seven’s Courtyard – inside Seven in the event of bad weather.