Brian believes strongly in the power and relevance of the old songs, specializing particularly in the great ballads of the British Isles, riveting stories set in music: “Brian Peters plunges deep into the ancient songs, finds their power, mystery, evil, drollery and courage, and brings them to us fresh”, declared one American writer.
His accompaniments on three instruments give a wide range of musical textures to his songs, and his live presentation, Songs of Trial & Triumph, focusing on ballads from the Child collection, has been well-received at many festivals. Though in performance he’s not a traditional diehard, including songs from unexpected sources, and never forgetting that folk music is meant to be accessible, and fun.
Brian plays "Factory Lords", a protest song from the Lancashire textile industry from Oldham in the 1830s. Recorded at The National Festival, Canberra, in 2016.