‘I love Pete’s CD…well written songs full of beautifully observed details, simple arrangements, performed with passion and honesty,’ Kieran Goss.

With songwriting that seamlessly blends folk and blues, heartrending lyrics and a compelling performance, Pete MacGowan’s is a distinctive voice.

Stop the Clocks, Pete’s acoustic EP, features Pete on lead vocals, guitars and harmonica, and Breege Phelan on lead and backing vocals. All five songs are originals inspired by the folk, blues and roots music from Ireland and the UK, and from Europe across the Atlantic to North America.

Since launching Stop the Clocks, Pete has played at a number of festivals, events, songwriter sessions, public and private gigs, and has also been featured on radio stations across the country and in the UK. The first DJ in the country to play one of Pete’s songs was the acclaimed singer and songwriter, Charlie McGettigan who described the CD as ‘a fine piece of work’.

‘With just an acoustic guitar, a harmonica and a light dusting of percussion and vocals from Breege Phelan he has recreated the essence of his live performance. From the light airiness of Small Café to the more serious Bury ‘Em Deep, this is a collection of songs for all to cherish,’ Charlie McGettigan.

In recent years Pete MacGowan has supported Mundy, Bagatelle, David Kitt, Charlie McGettigan, John Spillane, Jimmy Crowley, Cornerboy, Jim McKee, Frank and Walters. He has also played at festivals in across Europe from Chablis to Bratislava, and at the Iverk Show and the Festival of Motorsport in Piltown, the Clonmel Busking Festival, the LiveLee Festival in Cork, the Clancy Brothers’ Music and Arts Festival in Carrick-on-Suir, Barn on the Farm, Light Colour Sound and Rockfall in Kilkenny.

Pete MacGowan is currently a solo act. As well as original material, Pete has played folk, blues and country for more than 15 years across South East Ireland.

For further information and booking please use the contact form below.


Carrick-on-Suir Video

Here’s a wee video wot I shot and edited about my local town, Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary…

Spoiler Alert: the music isn’t mine!


When the Sun Stands Still

Time lapse videos by Pete MacGowan shot during the Winter Solstice at Knockroe Passage Tomb in County Kilkenny near Carrick-on-Suir, the only Passage Tomb aligned with both the rising and the setting sun.

Both videos feature music by Pete MacGowan, A Brief Romance and Solomon’s Love.


The Circus of the Night

As part of this year’s Art Trail at the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art I was asked to collaborate in a new project bringing local artists and songwriters together. Click on the song below to hear the result…

For more about The Art of Songwriting project click here.





Pete MacGowan live montage

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