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AMY WADGE & PETE RILEY at The Cellars Saturday 28th May

AMY WADGE needs no introduction to anyone on the Barking Spider mailing list! we've long championed Amy, and she's appeared headlmning the Southsea Folk & Roots Festival on more than one occasion!

Amy's now teamed up with Pete Rikley, and this new duo  is making its debut appearance in southsea at The Cellars. 

Amy and Pete met for the first time 2 years ago to do some writing together. They immediately clicked and have been touring together ever since. Whilst on the road for the last year they have penned an albums worth of songs and have therefore decided to release them. The new album is set for release early in the New Year to coincide with the 'Don't Go To Bed' tour now booking for March and April 2011.

Amy Wadge   started writing her own songs at the age of nine, originally on the family piano. Then, when she was 11 her parents bought her, her first guitar from a junk shop. Amy taught herself to play along to Tracy Chapman's debut album and she discovered her passion for the guitar.

At the age of 14, she signed her first record deal with her band 'Two Of A Mind' and released her first single at the age of 16.

Having moved to Wales and graduated from the Royal Welsh College and Music and Drama, she started performing at Open Mic sessions soon developed a fan base and critical recognition. 

Manics/Catatonia/Super Furry Animals producer Greg Haver  recorded her debut mini-album, 'The Famous Hour'. So striking was this album that the BBC invited her to launch the digital radio station BBC 6 Music along with Lenny Kravitz and The Stereophonics.

In 2002, Wadge won "Best Female Solo Act" at the annual Welsh Music Awards, ahead of Charlotte Church. 

In 2003 she toured Australia with the Welsh Rugby Team during the Rugby World Cup with the song ''Adre Nôl''. Later that year she retained her "Best Female Solo Act" at the Welsh Music Awards.

2004 saw her release her first full album, WOJ - a play on her surname, which is often mispronounced - to critical acclaim.

 2006 saw the release of her second album, No Sudden Moves. The album includes a cover of the Manic Street Preachers song 'Design for Life'.

2008 saw the release of her third album, Bump which (according to her own sleeve notes) was recorded over two days when she was 8 months pregnant. It includes a cover of ''Don't Leave Me This Way'' (originally recorded by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and later covered by The Communards).

On Monday 2nd November 2009, Amy released her new single "Hold Me" with new record label, Choice Music.

Pete Riley has been playing music ever since he can remember, He played his first gig in Liverpool doing Beatle covers at the age of 12,  In late '96 his band Treehouse decided to try their luck in the USA. After grinding it out in the venues of Los Angeles (Whiskey Ago go, The Troubadour etc.) word got around about the band from Liverpool and they landed themselves a record deal with Atlantic records.

Pete toured the USA through 1997 firstly with Treehouse who went on to release their debut album "Nobody's Monkey" and continued on in America until 2000 opening for numerous top  US bands. Sadly Treehouse split up and went their separate ways at the end of 2001 after one last final tour opening for The Cranberries in the UK.

Pete then went on to tour solo acoustic in the UK and Ireland, On release of his first solo album "After The Parade" Pete was invited back over to the USA to open for the American platinum selling artist Edwin McCain with whom he had struck up a solid friendship.  After opening for a couple of months he was then asked by Edwin to join his band (EMB) as a permanent member.

Pete has been writing/recording and producing with many well known artists including  Edwin McCain, Narada Michael Walden, Maia Sharp, Angie Aparo, Kevn Kinney, Henry Priestman UK (The Christians), Deadmono (Sweden) and most recently... Amy Wadge!

Pete has done numerous TV appearances in the USA  and recently BBC 1 The Politics Show UK, Pete's songs also feature in the Warner Bros TV drama "Jack and Bobby" and internationally released 2010 Miley Cyrus Disney Movie "The Last Song".

Pete has been touring acoustic in the UK with Henry Priestman and has co-written 2 tracks with Henry for his new album which will be released on Universal Records due for release 2011.

AMY WADGE & PETE RILEY appear at The Cellars,  56, Cromwell Road, Eastney. Portsmouth
on Saturday 28th May. Ticket are just £10. To order in advance, check out the website