Pete Lashley is a prolific singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist who has, in the last 4 years, released 5 superb original albums and played over 400 gigs. Venues have included Cardiff's Millennium Centre, Liverpool's Cavern Club and London's 12 Bar. BBC 6 Music has described his songs recently as 'truly excellent'. Cardiff born, and now living in Cumbria, Pete's songs have a timeless quality that reflect the eternal beauty of the northern county's jagged peaks and lakes. His soaring vocals and rhythmical guitar work are really not to be missed!! Press Reviews For 'Gravel' "A singer who supported Wishbone Ash and Glenn Tilbrook recently must be quite good, was my first thought when I received Pete Lashley's latest CD. But nothing could have prepared me for just HOW good. Pete has produced an accomplished album, full of melodic tunes from start to finish. Variety is it's strength, as Pete certainly has more than one string to his acoustic guitar. I've heard other one-man-and-his-guitar types whose songs all sound the same. Pete Lashley definitely does not fit into that category. He switches effortlessly from haunting ballads like 'Glen Rosa' to raw blues numbers like 'Safe In The Arms of Destruction' to the catchy upbeat retro of 'Giving It All Away', aided by his trusty instrument and a versatile vocal range. Frantic at times his voice has the haunting quality of David Gray, at others the sweeter tone of Neil Finn from Crowded House. He even tries his hand at two instrumentals, the frantic strumming of 'Toothpick' and his own guitar interpretation of Beethoven's 'Ode To Joy', and just about pulls them off. And 'Red' has a cosy sitting-by-the-camp-fire-feel, almost echoing a sea shanty as it sways pleasantly along on the waves of a soft guitar. As playing safe is clearly not his style, Pete also experiments with his lyrics, often sacrificing the simple for the extravagant and humorous". Greg Lambert, Lancaster Visitor "Pete Lashley first made his mark on the music scene busking 'Down Under' in Sydney and Melbourne where he decided to realise a lifelong dream - to take to the stage and studio full-time. "It struck me when I was busking just how well my music was going down with the people walking past. The response was so encouraging that I had offers to play in a number of bars", he explains. And so, on his return to England in April 2001, Pete penned his eponymous first album - a mixture of original acoustics and covers - and the gifted guitarist has never looked back. Southern Upland followed with added percussion from fellow musician Carl Iredale winning more fans, before Gravel quite literally hit the streets. Despite the title, Pete's voice maintains the smooth quality of the first two albums but, with Andy Smith on drums and Carl Iredale once again providing some background bass, this feel-good compilation has added depth. The album kicks off with the strangely uplifting Glen Rosa which, with Pete's dulcet tones, sets a broad style-precedent for the following 11 songs. Got A letter's droll word-play is a definite album-highlight and with some energetic strumming in Toothpick, is guaranteed to get your feet tapping. Gravel should appeal to a wide audience." Ellie Hargreaves, The Westmorland Gazette.