"I live in Wadhurst, East
Sussex and have had the pleasure over many (more than I should
like to admit to!) years of knowing and singing with some of the
great singers that Sussex has produced. All the real gentlemen
of song like Ron Spicer, Gordon Hall and Bob Copper have been
personal friends and very encouraging over the years. Bob wrote
a really beautiful note for my CD and the Copper family are still
encouraging me to use it even though he is no longer with us.
I love singing in Sussex because the atmosphere at local sessions
is always warm and socially inclusive even to incomers from London
like me (I have only lived here for 35 years!).
I really enjoy informal sessions
with a crowd of singing friends but I also look forward to the
occasional booking at folk clubs where I can sing some of my quieter
I have been singing regularly
at Broadstairs Folk Week since 1975 and running the lunchtime
sing in the Neptune since 1977, except for a break of 3 years
while working in Ukraine and Kazakhstan. I was full time Artistic
Director of Broadstairs FW 1995 & 1996 which I took on at
short notice ."
And just to put the seal on a good reputation
here's a few words about Peter from one of the most respected
authorities on our music, the late Bob Copper:
hear a good song well sung by a singer whose persona is suited
not only to the subject of the song, but also to the quintessential
mood it is intended to induce, is a joy worth waiting for. And
wait one has to, to meet, or come anywhere near meeting all those
qualities wrapped up in one harmonious bundle.
It is a rare experience and we who travel the folk scene, all
too often have had to suffer weedy youths pip-squeaking about
brawny-armed blacksmiths; demure damsels honey-toning about a
gory battle at sea; and even some poor, old near-nonagenarian
quavering on about the love he left behind him "down by the
banks of the sweet prim-i-roses". It must have been an unconscionable
In fifty odd years of folk experience the most outstanding instance
I have met of a singer meeting all these demands, is Peter Collins.
To hear him render (the word "sing" is not powerful
enough) the unforgettable drinking song, "Old Peculier"
(or any other drinking song), is to hear the reverberating echoes
of drinkers down the years, rising up from the vaulted depths
of the beer cellars of the earth itself. His huge frame, his generous
beard, the depth, warmth and true tonal quality of his voice and
the knowing twinkle in his eye all express the attitude of a man
devoted to the ancient cause of beer-drinking and all it stands
Peter sings songs on other themes, of course, but always with
that unshakable note of conviction that he knows what he is singing
about and believes it to be true.
A compelling performer
if ever there was one."
Bob Copper, 2003.
I think that all means ...don't
miss a chance to hear Peter this weekend.