I met Peter when I went to Brighton and The Roundhouse in London on his tour with my dear friend Jeb Loy Nichols and Michael Weston King. Watching and listening to Peters performance opened up a whole new following for me.
A few years later I met Peter again when my son was studying music at Kingston University. Since that time I have always looked forward to seeing Peter at any available gigs.
This duo grew out of their business together called 'Our Friends Records' which in turn had grown out of the wonderful group of people who met at Kingston University where they all studied Music.
OFR worked very hard alongside IYAF to build a Festival and other events promoting creative youth in the Kingston area.
Miles Lacey, my son, and Liam Cottrell have gone on to work very hard at building the reputation of this excellent Duo.
'Cheeky cool vintage remix and beyond. Rumpsteppers are fast building an enviable reputation for themselves, smashing it across the universe with their infectious party vibes.DJ Chris Tofu, Continental Drifts.
RUMPSTEPPERS regularly appear at the biggest festivals and parties in the UK, spinning just about any kind of tune from any era. They always bring unbelievable amounts of energy to the stage, intelligent eclectic mixing and mesmerizing vocal gymnastics.
With hundreds of shows behind them including international gigs in Berlin, Italy, Sweden and LA, 2015 has been a big year for the RUMPSTEPPERS.'
Mick joined his first band in Wigan, Lancashire in 1969. Known as White Myth they did hundreds of gigs until Mick left in 1972 to move to London. In May 1973 he saw an ad in the Melody Maker for an organist to join a 'big name band' on a tour of the USA and a few weeks later he found himself on tour with Mott The Hoople. They were at the height of their success and they toured for several months playing sell-out gigs at major venues such as Madison Square Gardens, Winterland and the Kennedy Centre, supported by acts such as Aerosmith, the New York Dolls and Joe Walsh. Returning to the UK in November they toured till the end of the year with Queen as their support band.
In 1984 Mick answered another ad in the Melody Maker and this time found himself recording and touring with Dexy's Midnight Runners. In 1986 he joined Irish singer/songwriter Paul Brady's band and worked with him till 1991. He has also done occasional session work - with Loudon Wainwright lll (on a session that included Richard Thompson), with Latoya Jackson and with Vic Godard. Mick also worked for many years with Linda McCartney, writing songs and recording with her.
Now based in Hastings, he works as a solo singer/musician and with various local musicians. He plays regularly as a duo with Simon Shaw, in a trio with Phil Little (drums) and Barry Jones (bass) and in a band called The Rhythm Section.
Simon plays a fine lead electric and acoustic guitar both with Nightshift and Rythmn Section and more.
My original meeting was with Nightshift, my old friend Liam Genockeyplays drums with the same band. Then on Simons' traditional Birthday 'Tom Waits' Bash at The Smugglers in Hastings I met and experienced some of the other musicians he plays with. That was it I am a fan.