Peter Daldry, our Performing Songwriter Showcase winner from April 2013, will open the evening with a two-song set. Originally from the town of Clydebank, Scotland, Peter writes songs about growing up in his native Scotland and about people and places met along the road of life. 
...........Woodshed  at Kieth Hollands Guitar , Los Gatos CA

 Posted June 2013
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Peter Daldry releases “Under A Leaden Sky”BY STEVE ⋅ OCTOBER 23, 2012 ⋅ POST A COMMENT
CD Review by Cathi Behrens
I listen to Peter Daldry’s first cd, “Familiar Roads” often. So you can imagine how much I was looking forward to his latest album. This is Peter’s second cd and from the first song you are hooked by his version of “Massacre of Glencoe.” As was with his first, this album is a combination of songs and tunes. Of the albums thirteen tracks, eight are originals. His songwriting skills shine and you can really feel his passion in them.

What strikes me about Peter’s songwriting is that he draws from his life experiences: some good and some difficult ones. Peter is a storyteller and often writes about his homeland, Scotland. He writes about the land, the people, the history, and his family. For example, Peter drew inspiration from his father who worked in the shipyard for his song, “The Welder And Plater.” The title track “Under A Leaden Sky” is about his childhood passing quickly and reminiscing about the shipyards & the Singer sewing machine plant in Clydebank, his hometown. His tune called “Near To You” is one of my favorites. I love the ending guitar harmonics.

Peter’s vocals as well as his guitar style are so enjoyable. Joining Peter on his cd are David Brewer, pipes, whistles and bodhran, Rebecca Lomnicky, fiddle and Steve Kritzer, mandolin, harmony & background vocals. All three talented musicians complete the overall sound and feel that makes this album great.

As is with the first album, this one too will find itself played many times. This is a wonderful album that you will love to hear over and over again. An album rich with tradition and history, as well as a love for family and friends. It all comes through in his music. Music and song that tells a story. It all makes for a fabulous recording.

Learn more about Peter at his official website, www.peterdaldry.com

Cathi Behrens is a contributing reviewer for 67 Music


Album Review for Celtic Folksinger Peter Daldry's Under A Leaden Sky
....... By Jane Woods
Posted 10/11/12

Peter Daldry is a Celtic Folksinger originally from Scotland but currently residing in California. He has a wonderful voice and draws you into each song with his amazing storytelling talent. read more.......


Celtic Music Fan - Baxter Labatos  
Posted 05/11/12

I have to say this: Peter Daldry has the voice of a true balladeer. He has the type of singing that can tell you a thousand stories with just a phrase. A truly remarkable instrument-his voice.



Celtic musicians Peter Daldry & Bruach bring Scotland to Pacifica Performances
By Jean Bartlett
Pacifica Tribune Arts Correspondent

Posted: 05/06/2010 06:00:00 AM PDT

Peter Daldry (Photo courtesy of artist)Peter Daldry has a dream that one day he will play the main stage at Glasgow's Celtic Connection in front of friends, family and peers, and his dad will look down from above and say, "Well done son! I knew you could do it."

Originally from Clydebank, Scotland, singer-songwriter Daldry will play Pacifica Performances Mildred Owen Concert Hall this Saturday night with his band, Bruach. Bruach is Daldry on vocals, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki, Christopher Scott Cooper on lead guitar and backing vocals and Tony Bishop on whistles and Irish low D whistle and backing vocals. Their music includes Irish and Scottish ballads and original tunes.

The band's name "Bruach" is Gaelic for river bank. The word "Chluaidh" is Gaelic for Daldry's hometown. In 2007, Daldry wrote and recorded "Bruach Chluaidh."

"I moved to California in 1994 and I love it here but there are times when I am homesick for my native Scotland," Daldry said. "This song captures that feeling of being caught between two places." The name "Bruach" also stuck as the best name for the band.

Daldry first came to California in 1990 to work at Kennolyn Summer Camps in Soquel near Santa Cruz. "I taught guitar and karate and loved it so much I moved to California four years later."

Peter picked up the guitar when he was 17. At that time he listened to a lot of classic rock and progressive rock bands like Rush, Genesis and Yes. "I wanted to be the fastest picker in the West!" he 

As a camp counselor at Kennolyn Camps, Daldry said he was one of several Scottish counselors. "I was the only Scottish counselor at the camp the night of the International campfire. The others had the evening off and headed into town. To represent my country, I donned full Highland dress, marched down to the campfire and sang, 'Flower of Scotland.'" Daldry laughed. "It was a rip roaring success and became somewhat of a camp anthem for the next five years."

As Daldry sang the old Scottish ballads he realized that he really enjoyed them and to his surprise, he remembered quite a few of the traditional songs.

"When I was a kid, the songs were always on television and sung at New Year, Hogomanay. Some I learned in school. They just filtered into my subconscious."

With a lot of encouragement from his early audiences, especially the women who told him his "tenor was lovely," Daldry got past his nerves and found his passion was singing and performing. His first "big" gig was playing with the band, South Bay Wailing Company, for a Burlingame Hyatt Regency event. "To say I was nervous is something of an understatement!"

However, Daldry started playing at the jam sessions at the infamous South Bay British pub, the Kings Head (now closed.) That's where he met his future band mate, Irish tin whistler Tony Bishop.

"That was 10 years back and I went on to play solo gigs and Tony headed off to play in the local Celtic band, 'Celtic BlackLyst.'" Peter had also by then added mandolin and the bouzouki into his instrument repertoire. For him, both instruments offer their own unique capture of the great traditional fiddle tunes.

A number of years passed and in 2008, Tony, Peter and Chris Cooper started playing as Bruach.

"Chris and I met in 2007 when I completed my 'Familiar Roads' CD," Daldry said. "Chris has a recording studio in Fremont and he was the guy who mixed and mastered my CD. He is also an incredible musician and he fronts the prog rock band 'New Sun.'"

The band happened shortly after Daldry had some solo gigs at "Ye Olde Royal Oak" in Santa Clara. "I invited Tony up on stage to play a couple of tunes with me," Daldry said. "Then the next thing you know Chris was on stage and we had a great time playing together - and even better, people liked it." Since then the band has opened for the legendary band "Old Blind Dogs" from Scotland. And among other gigs, they played the national anthem at a San Francisco 49ers game.

At Pacifica Performances, Bruach will play songs from Daldry's two CDs "Familiar Roads" and "For My Love."

They will offer the song "Holy City," a true tale about the blitz on Clydebank by German bombers intent on hitting the munitions factory at the Singer sewing machine plant as well as the nearby shipyards. Instead, they hit a nearby housing estate nicknamed Holy City (Radnor Park) because the buildings were said to resemble Jerusalem from afar. They will play traditional songs such as "Over The Water To Charlie," "Massacre Of Glencoe," and "Bonnie Dundee."

"I keep doing this because there is a need to connect, to tell a story, the opportunity to move someone emotionally with a lyric or a melody," Daldry said. "For me, Celtic music has all that. It runs the whole gamut of emotion from sheer heartbreak —- songs about Highland Clearances, to love and devotion — the songs of Robert Burns, and to anger and betrayal - the Massacre of Glencoe."

"These are songs full of passion and honesty and we always get our audiences to sing along and clap. We love what we do and on top of that, the singer has an authentic Scots accent!"

If you go:

Where: Pacifica Performances Mildred Owen Concert Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd.

When: Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20 general. $17 seniors (62+) and students with current ID. $15 members. $12 senior/student members. Under 18 FREE. Available at door 30 minutes before show or in advance online at www.pacificaperformances.org by Friday, noon.

Reserved seats: Available by phone. Minimum purchase 6 tickets.

Contact: call 355-1882 or email info@pacificaperformances.org


"I heard the interview and terrific performance on KKUP radio today (6/19/09)!!! Wonderful!!! Loved it!!! Thank you!!!"

~~~~~ John Hanna - New Almaden, CA


Pacifica Performances - Sanchez Concert Hall

"Celtic Sands additionally gave their stage over to singer, songwriter, guitarist Peter Daldry for several songs each
set – and he’s a corker with a strong stage presence and a grand way of singing and presenting a song."
Ink Notes April 18, 2009

~~~~~ By Jean Bartlett, Managing Editor
of Jean’s Magazines


Innes Clan Society

"Peter Daldry was the featured entertainer at the Innes Clan 2008 AGM held in Monterey, CA. Peter is a talented
singer and his informal style and lively patter provided our guests with an evening of impressive music and good
humor. His voice is one of the best of the Celtic performers and the Innes Clan Society hopes he will be available
for one of our future events."

"We look forward to seeing Peter at the Pleasanton Scottish Games and hope that he will be part of the
entertainment at the Costa Mesa Scottish Festival in 2009."

~~~~~ Carole A. Innes Event Coordinator 7.05.08


Grand Lodge, Daughters of Scotia

On behalf of THE GRAND LODGE, DAUGHTERS OF SCOTIA, I want to extend my thanks for the wonderful
performance you gave on Friday, September 19, 2008.I was honored to have you do the entertainment for my
reception. I have heard many compliments on the evening. Peter, I don't know if you were aware you entertained
DOS ladies from across the United States? They just thought you were the best. If I can be of help to you in the
future, please get in touch with me.
~~~~~ Mrs. Barbara Main Baker ~Grand Chief Daughter