...roots n'blues n'folk
Pepe Belmonte is a roots-blues guitar player and singer song-writer. He grew up in Co. Cork on the West coast of Ireland. His musical influence meanders through Irish, Malian and Hawaiian folk to the pre-war blues of Chicago along The Delta and down through the lyrical landscape of Dylan, Mitchell and Young. Mississippi John Hurt meets JJ Cale meets Nick Drake. Music from his as debut album 'THE HERMIT'S WALTZ' make up the soundtrack to the independent feature film, 'The Hour of Living' in which Pepe also appears as 'The Singer'.
The album was set for release in the Summer of 2011 alongside a solo UK tour of Independent Record Stores. However a serious bicycle crash in March 2011 has meant that Pepe has only been able to perform live sporadically over the last few years. Shows have included appearences at Wilderness, Secret Garden and Somersault Festivals and support at Portsmouth's Guildhall and The Royal Albert Hall. His rehabilitation is ongoing.
POEMS/ PROSE/ PICTURES is a small booklet omposed and printed by Pepe. It is now available at gigs and the debut album 'THE HERMIT'S WALTZ' is available at the usual online stores and hard copies are available at gigs and via this website. FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY ORDER THE DEBUT ALBUM AND RECEIVE YOUR COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF THE BOOKLET.
Pepe's new sound steps away from the acoustic blues folk toward a plugged-in rootsier noise where, with nostalgic and contemporary tones you will be transported to deep swamp America, the Irish countryside and the streets of London. Pepe will soon start recording his next album and new songs can be heard at live shows.