I've worked as a musician since the mid-sixties, primarily as a blues vocalist, I also play blues piano, guitar and harmonica. Not to be confused with the other Pete Gage, from Vinegar Joe, my first break was in 1967 with iconic ex-Shadows bassist Jet Harris's band, playing the British club circuit.
I then moved on to the London blues circuit, fronting my own band Blues Faction and the blues/soul band The Blazers. I moved to the west country in the late 80's and teamed-up with local cult band The Pink Torpedoes, which included Paul Hartshorn - guitar, Pete Lowery - bass, and the formidable Dave Raeburn (later of The Hoax and Danny Bryant Blues Band up there in Lincolnshire) on drums.
When the legendary R&B band Dr Feelgood lost their frontman Lee Brilleaux to cancer, it was Dave Raeburn who recommended me to take up the challenge of stepping into Lee's shoes. I toured with the band for four and a half years throughout Europe, playing in excess of 200 gigs a year, whilst receiving warm accolades from die-hard fans as well as newer and younger fans. "On The Road Again" was the Dr Feelgood album to announce my arrival as Lee's replacement, and it still receives great reviews to this day. It features as a guest on harmonica, the great Alan Glen (ex-Nine Below Zero and Yardbirds)
For 18 years since 2000, I have continued to work in the blues field with my own band, The Pete Gage Band, playing up to date interpretations of classic blues material. The band has been going from strength to strength since it's inception with a unique and original approach to standard blues and gospel songs.
An off-shoot from the full band, The Pete Gage Blues Trio & Quartet, playing the same kind of material as in the band but with a more "laid-back" and spontaneous style, tinged with a roots-y, jazzy flavour. I lead from the piano, accompanied by a varied selection of musicians, including Paul Hartshorn on guitar.
Other projects since 2000, include my role as front man vocalist/harmonica player with the Mike Hoddinott Blues All-stars, playing high energy blues all over the South West of England. Along with Mike's distinctive drumming and leadership, and I still enjoy gigging with them to this day, whenever Mike needs a vocalist to dep.
In 2007 I teamed-up on piano and vocals,with
ex-Feelgood guitarist the late, great Gypie Mayo (Milk & Alcohol/Down to the Doctors) and drummer Will Lunn to form The Monumentals.
In 2010, Gypie was a special guest on 6 tracks of my "Tough Talk" album, produced in Finland. Then in 2011, John B. Sparks (bass) and The "Big Figure" (drums), two founder members of Dr Feelgood, joined Gypie and myself to form "The Realgoods". We did a successful tour in Japan at that time with support from Eddie and the Hotrods.
I also write and record my own material, most of which is available for download on www.bandcamp.com. I have collaborated with many great artists such as, most recently (2016 and 2018) Ruzz Evans. Also, (2015) with Jesse Davey (founder member of The Hoax) on his great album "Big Blues", plus of course, with Pee Wee Ellis (Tenor saxophonist and Musical Director for James Brown and Van Morrison) on my own album "Left Over Blues". Other great musicians I have worked with include Paul Hartshorn, Kevin Brown, Gypie Mayo, Jon Amor (The Hoax), Midge Ure, Innes Sibun, Tristan Powell (Georgie fame's guitarist/son), Joe Wilkins & Duncan Kingston, plus some fine musicians from Finland such as Jassi Takanen, Arto Makela, Tema Lampinen and Teppo Nattila.
My 2010 15-track album, “Tough Talk”, was recorded by, and features, my Finnish connections, along with Gypie Mayo, and is available from Goofin Records on
My 12-track album, "Left Over Blues" released in 2015, features 4 regular members of The Pete Gage Band, masters of their craft one and all, Craig Crofton, Paul Hartshorn, Duncan Kingston and Eddie John. I have special guest saxophonist, Pee Wee Ellis (of James Brown and Van Morison fame) appearing on 4 of the songs. This album reflected the way I was wanting to progress in music: blues-influenced songs, accompagnied by fine musicians, who have inspired me so much. Details of this album, it's availability etc., are on the "Recordings" page of this website.
Since recording a "live" album "Jesse Davey and Friends"in 2012 (available on Bandcamp.com), I was invited in 2015 to contribute 4 songs, jointly composed by Jesse and myself, on his 2015 solo album "BIG BLUES". This album received rave reviews even before it was released and it highlights Jesse's great guitar work and his unique tone. Jesse asked for tough and gritty vocals, and I am particularly pleased with the track entitled "The Crow".
Then in November 2016 I was invited by upcoming blues artist and Gretsch guitar man extraordinaire, Ruzz Evans (a.k.a. Ruzz Guitar), to contribute 2 tracks vocalizing and piano playing on his latest album "Burn Out". I have recently (June 2018) recorded 2 more songs for Ruzz to be featured on his forthcoming 2018 album.
From 2014 to 2018 I have teamed up on a number of "LIVE" gigs variously with Jon Amor, Innes Sibun and Paul Hartshorn three of the South-West's finest blues guitarists, in gigs arranged by the exceptional young drummer, Tom Gilkes and his musical partner Chris Jones on bass.
(More details on my "Recordings" page).
60's Sloane Squares, Jet Harris Band
70's Solo artist
80's Blues Faction, Blazers
90's Pink Torpedoes, Pete Gage Band, Dr Feelgood
2000 on.. The Monumentals, Mike Hoddinott's Blues All-Stars, The Pete Gage Band,
The Pete Gage Blues Trio/Quartet
Currently, it's The Pete Gage Blues Trio, and The Pete Gage Band (including saxophone), that defines the majority of the "live" shows.
Give it with a feeling ** - Pete Gage (1994)
On the road again - Dr Feelgood (1996)
Out of hours - Pete Gage (solo) (1997)
Pete Gage & Innes Sibun ** - (1999)
Pete Gage & Paul Hartshorn ** (2005)
Tough Talk - Pete Gage (2010)
Blues Legged ** Jesse Davey & friends (2012)
Big Blues - Jesse Davey & friends (2015)**
(includes 4 songs by Jesse and me, with myself on vocals)
Left Over Blues - Pete Gage (2015)
Burn Out - Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue (2016)
(includes 2 songs with myself on vocals and piano)
Sweet Hearted Woman (2018)
** These albums are all available for download, with other material I have written on