Tipperary-born Blues singer Red Peters (1946-2012) was once the heart and soul of live Blues music in Dublin back in the 1970s and 1980s. His regular sessions in Slattery’s, Moran’s Hotel, The Meeting Place, The Purty Loft and the Harcourt Hotel were legendary. His fans knew and loved him for singing the most powerful, most fiercely intense Blues and Rhythm & Blues that could be heard in the country at that time. But he never released an album in his lifetime. Now, a unique double CD collection of rare live recordings by Red – and the bands he played with – has recently been released on the Blue Navigator label.
A 44-page, lavishly illustrated booklet contains stories and memories of Red and his time as the ‘Guvnor’ of Dublin Blues from musicians and friends including: Fran Breen, Chris Meehan, PJ Curtis, Kevin Conneff, Gerry Doyle, Ed Deane, Pat Farrell, Johnny Moynihan and Matt Walsh. A bonus CD2 features an hour-long RTE Radio Special from 1981 presented by PJ Curtis.
“Red was a joy to hear. Natural in his startling technique and abandoned in his delivery. Here was lust, love and loss, Les Pauls, Telecasters and blowzy saxes. With his natural whole-hearted singing of the blues that he loved, Red was introducing me and accustoming me to musical transcendence – every week. No matter that all this was passing under the radar of later accounts of Irish ‘rock’ histories ”
from booklet essay by Jack Lynch
“Each and every performance from Red and the band was like attending some life-affirming, soul-cleansing ritual”
from booklet essay by PJ Curtis