Peter Hicks is an Australian political folk musician based in Tasmania. He performs in a number of groups, touring both nationally and internationally and has released several albums. Peter and partner Geoff Francis write songs about the struggle for a better world and the search for a fairer and just society. For this reason Peter sings with the Grassroots Union Choir of Tasmania.
In Tasmania Peter performs solo, as part of country jazz fun band Coyote Serenade, folk inspired harmony and bush band The Devil’s Own and most months as part of his blues outfit The Blues Licks at the Republic Bar. Peter plays the Muse in local easy listening blues act Hui and the Muse.
An interest in Tasmania’s history has lead Peter and Geoff to also delve into colonial history and producing a song cycle about the convict bushranger Matthew Brady. The CD is available from CD Baby. The album launch was launched at Rosny Barn in February 2012 and performed at the Wooden Boat Festival in 2013 and 2015. To find out more check out the Matthew Brady page.
2016 finds Peter working on a new bunch of great songs for an album due out in the second half of this year. Performed a bracket of these at the National Folk Festival and they went down a treat at the fabulous Stockyard Camp.
Below you can find some links to some topical songs – parodies and broadsides against the wealthy and powerful in the tradition of Ewan McColl and Woody Guthrie
- A little fun with the One Nation nonsense. All the more scary when you look at the happenings in NT.
- Malcolm Turnbull – listen now on Soundcloud
- A product of our song writing workshops: You Can’t Eat Coal is inspired by the community protest at the health effects of open cut mining in the Hunter Valley. It is a great collective effort song.
- Australian Archbishop George Pell described gays and lesbians as “flaws in god’s carpet“. This song was inspired by his Q&A performance (or non-performance) in 2012. Lets hope the Royal Commission into sex abuse in Australia will call Pell and we can find out the truth of his involvement in these scandals and coverups.
- The Manawatu Song from our New Zealand songwriting workshop in Palmerston North
Just added – a new page to lodge some live performances for your listening pleasure.
Check out a list of Peter’s current musical projects.