MUSICAL BIOGRAPHY – PETER FARRIE
This is in reverse, with the most recent events first.
Currently I am writing for and helping put together Patterns, a new collaboration for Studio 36 Exeter, featuring a varied team of artists, performers and scientists. This will be performed at St Sidwell’s Community Centre on 21st October 2017.
Back in late 2012 I began work on my debut album Skeptileptic, an all-consuming and sometimes tortuous learning experience! Finally in 2017 I have reached a point of completion and soon the project will be professionally mastered.
Some of my recent performances have included spots at Exeter Respect festival in 2017, headlining Exeter Phoenix’s Taking the Mic event in 2016 and supporting the Panic Brothers at the Exeter Phoenix main auditorium in 2014.
Performing with Adjusting the Contrast in 2014
During the current decade I have participated in the spoken word and song collective Adjusting the Contrast, alongside Dartmoor poets Susan Taylor and Simon Williams and songwriter Katie Whitehouse. This has led to performances at Ways With Words and St Ives Literature festival. I have also written for, performed in and helped programme the multi-faceted multimedia performance Why Not? What If? for Studio 36 Exeter.
In 2010 I launched the MySongLife project, writing and recording a song a month over the period of a year. During that time I was commissioned to write a song using lyric fragments from Alice Oswald’s poem Dart. The song Form of a Wave was featured in the Ways With Words festival at Dartington Hall.
Around that time I joined Helen Yeomans’ choir Glorious Chorus for a number of years, singing tenor at many events including the Isle of Wight Jazz festival and the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition.
In 2008, mentored by Julian Marshall of Marshall Hain, Eye to Eye and Flying Lizards fame, I produced my debut EP Half Life. In the noughties I wrote instrumental music under the name TuneRise, before writing and playing in the band Donna Blitz, a collaboration with Dartington College of Arts students.
I was born on the Wirral in north-west England and studied Physics and Electronics at Keele University. My first songs were written in my early teens. After University I moved to Devon and had a career in the telecoms industry, ending as a company director, before leaving to focus on freelance work and songwriting.