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The Music of Peter Brodie

by Peter Brodie

An exponent of gentle folk who sings his own songs, some tinged with sadness, some with humour. His voice is one of those rarities, possessing as it does an impressive range.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Summer Breeze
2:42 album only
2. Keep on Moving
3:23 album only
3. Hit The Road
2:05 album only
4. The Average Guy
3:03 album only
5. Don't Turn Me Away
2:54 album only
6. Each Time You Go Away
3:24 album only
7. The Things I Need
2:46 album only
8. The Open Road
3:20 album only
9. When The Time is Right
2:14 album only
10. The Afternoons Are Cold Round Georgian Bay
3:20 album only


Album Notes

Peter Brodie is an exponent of gentle folk who sings his own songs, some tinged with sadness, some with humour. Both the style of song and the singing are reminiscent of Tom Paxton.

His voice is one of those rarities, possessing as it does an impressive range, from the tenor voice on 'Summer Breeze', which pleads with you to follow him away from it all on a sailing boat, to the deep bass on the pastiche country and western track 'Hit the Road'.

Most people's favourite track, apart from 'Summer Breeze', is 'The Afternoons Are Cold Round Georgian Bay', so don't leave this page without listening to the last track.

Brodie's musical career started when he was just into his teens in 1961 as half of a duo, singing close harmony and playing rhythm guitar with a close friend. Later a mutual friend who played drums joined the two, to make up 'The Midnight Three'. The band performed a mixture of folk songs, especially those of Peter, Paul and Mary, and pop songs of the day, by such artists as the Everly Brothers and the Beatles.

The band's first major performance came at a children's summer camp in 1963. Singing lead vocal and playing rhythm guitar, Brodie performed his first composition 'When the Time is Right' to a screaming audience of 400 youngsters. The song, written that year, was influenced by American pop songs of the late 50's.

In the mid 60's, Brodie went to live in Toronto, Canada and in a short time had written a series of country songs, having been influenced by the country artists of the day. By the late 60's, he was leaning more towards ballads and wrote several, some with a 'country' feel others more folky.

During the 70's, and now back in the UK, Brodie performed solo at various venues - pubs, folk clubs and restaurants, singing a mixture of his own compositions, pop songs and popular ballads. It was during this period that most of his songs were written. More recently, Brodie has taken his original recordings and multi-tracked harmonies and additional instruments using PC editing software.

In 2001 he was featured on London UK's Ritz Country 1035 radio station. His song Britain is the Country for Country, a novelty song intended to be performed by a visiting North American country singer, was played on the station's UK Showcase by DJ Randall Lee Rose. The DJ told listeners that the song was "kinda cool, it's very hooky". A recording of the radio broadcast can be heard on Brodie's website. Rose talked about Brodie's musical background, mentioning also Brodie's other songs, especially The Afternoons Are Cold Round Georgian Bay. Listening figures for the station were said to be about 100,000.

July 2004: VoicePrint Canada reported on the fundraising initiative (see below) and played 'Summer Breeze' in 2 broadcasts.

November 2004: RTE Radio 1, Ireland's national broadcaster, has played 'Summer Breeze' and reported on the campaign for disabled sailing. This was on the programme Seascapes hosted by Tom MacSweeney.

January 2005 WATD 95.9FM in Boston, USA reported on the campaign.

February 2005 Giant FM in Penticton BC Canada played a clip of 'Summer Breeze' and mentioned the campaignon newscasts throughout the day.

February 2005 Swindon FM, UK played 'Summer Breeze' and reported on the campaign. "Pretty song".

Recent ventures have included working with a co-writer to produce a news signature tune and a fanfare suitable for a TV or radio sports programme. The fanfare featured in a multimedia presentation which opened a conference at the Bournemouth International Conference Centre, UK, in July 2002.

The CD 'The Music of Peter Brodie' was linked to a fundraising intiative. For every copy sold during 2004, Brodie gave one US Dollar to the International Foundation for Disabled Sailing (IFDS), the body responsible for disabled sailing worldwide. The money went to increasing awareness, and accessibility for disabled sailors around the world. The album consists of ballads, some about unrequited love, others about getting away from it all in - by road, on a freight train, to the beach, or in the case of 'Summer Breeze', on a boat. It is this track which drew the praise of IFDS. A spokesperson said: "Peter Brodie's performance on 'Summer Breeze' epitomises the spirit and triumph of sailing. It seems to speak to sailors of all nationalities and abilities. Sailors from around the world should enjoy his compositions, both on the water and off. IFDS would like to thank Mr. Brodie for his contribution to the sport of sailing through his musical talents."

Brodie said: 'I am delighted that my music is able to help such a worthwhile cause, and I would be thrilled if Summer Breeze were to become a favourite song with sailing enthusiasts around the world, both disabled and able-bodied."

"We hope the CD proves successful." Tom MacSweeney, RTE Radio 1



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