Pete Watson is a versatile and experienced accordionist and keyboard player based in Oxford, UK. He plays in many different styles including French, Italian, Balkan, gypsy jazz, swing, British and Irish folk, tango and classical music. He has performed or recorded with many jazz and world musicians including Gilad Atzmon, Benoit Viellefon Hot Club and Orchestra, the Bisserov sisters, and Tim Kliphuis. He has appeared or played in The Ends of the Earth (David Lan, Royal National Theatre), Cyrano de Bergerac (Communicado Theatre Co, Glasgow ROH, Almeida Theatre), Die Fledermaus, Fiddler on the Roof, The Provoked Wife, My Family (Channel 4 TV), Jude (Michael Winterbottom) and Hugo (Martin Scorsese). He leads his own group the Marama Café Band and plays with other groups including Balkanatics and The Sparrows of Paris.
He teaches accordion and piano in Oxford, Gloucestershire and London. He is a trustee of the music therapy charity Soundwell and worked for Jazz promoter Jazz Umbrella promoted the South Stage at the Ealing Jazz Festival from 2002 – 2017.
GIGS and WORK coming up JUNE 2019
Saturday June 1st 4pm Islington Proms, St James’s Church, Islington, London
Saturday June 2nd 7pm Rose and Crown, North Parade Ave, Oxford,
June 13 – 16 Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy
June 21 Bellanger, Islington, London
June 23 Private event, Highgate, London
June 26, Private event, London
June 27, The Mitre, Lancaster Gate, London with The Sparrows of Paris
June 28 Oxford Gardens School workshop, Notting hill, London
June 29 Accordion workshop, Waterloo, London
June 30 (pm) Oxford boat trips, Abingdon, UK (eve) Pierre Victoire, Oxford