The Legendary Steeleye Fiddler and band entertainer was in the band more years than anyone apart from Maddy. Peter joined straight after the first line-up disbanded having never played a gig. He crucially kept the band going at the turn of the century when briefly he was the last man standing. Peter started working on solo material in the early 90's, although did record an album in 1977 with Bob Johnson called 'The King of Elfland's Daughter'. Peter is still very active and left Steeleye to focus on his current musical projects.
Peter started in music as a student at the 'Royal Academy of Music' (A 'Junior Exhibitioner') from aged 13-16 but decided not to continue his musical studies after he left school as he didn't see any future as a musician. He moved to London at 18 and his first job was selling musical instruments. It was around this time that Peter started going to Borehamwood Folk club to see the travelling musicians. But it was not until he heard Michael Coleman, the Irish fiddler, that inspired him to delve into Irish music. After doing a few gigs with Bob Johnson Peter quit his job and lived off the proceeds of selling the instruments that he had bought through his job. Shortly after Ashley phoned him up to offer to join Steeleye.