Friday 20 September 2019

Peter's music entertained people across the world

The world of music is a sadder place following the recent passing of Peter Waters, late of Fethard on Sea, who was cruelly taken at the relatively young age of 57. He had been battling cancer for some time.

Peter was well-known throughout London and further afield for his contribution to popular and Irish music both as an individual and as a member of several bands.

Born in Holloway to Irish parents who lived in Fethard on Sea, he was introduced to Irish music by his father Jim Waters who was a well known box player and singer plying his trade in the pubs of North London during the 1950s and 1960s.

The family moved to St Albans in the mid sixties and as a teenager Peter taught himself to play guitar and dabbled with live performing with friends as a member of short lived punk band The Screws. Peter decided to make his way around the world making a living by busking. He spent several months in the USA and even longer in Australia. He met fellow musician Bruce Furzeman (mandolin, banjo and harmonica) in Sydney and they formed a duo (and a lifelong friendship) The Coolin, becoming a fixture on the Irish pub scene in London and the South East.

Whilst the duo had a fair degree of success Peter felt the need to expand and The Plastic Paddies were formed with the addition of Sean Ryan (recorders and vocals) and Pete Ridley (bass). The new group proved very popular on the Irish pub circuit.

Peter eventually forming a new band, Ballyhooley, with well-known multi-instrumentalist John Devine, Baz Evans (bass) and all Ireland fiddle champion Julianne Healy along with Bruce Furzeman. They gained quite a following on the circuit.

Peter released of his solo CD in 2007.

Peter had always retained a great love for Ireland. His parents had moved back to Fethard on Sea in the early 1980s and Peter took over the family home when his parents passed away. He spent many happy days working on the house and walking the local beaches.

Ireland was his spiritual home. He loved Irish culture and at one stage in his life he spent three years at North London University in Holloway Road attaining a degree in Irish studies.

Various commitments meant he could no longer spend so much time on the road so he cut back on live performances. He still toured occasionally and for a time joined the Devine family on stage as The Devine-Waters Band.

He also joined Wild Willy Barrett's Bad Boys Band as a featured vocalist.

Barrett had found chart fame during the 70s and Peter enjoyed playing with him.

Peter's life was dominated by his love for music. Whilst he may no longer be here to touch hearts with his live performances his spirit will always live on in the heart of the many friends and musicians whose lives he touched.

Wexford People