Former Sheffield teacher on song with debut CD

Peter Gilbert, left, and Pete Smith who have recorded a CD of their songs
Peter Gilbert, left, and Pete Smith who have recorded a CD of their songs
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It’s good to take up a new hobby when you retire – such as taking on an allotment or painting a few water colours.

But music mad former teacher Peter Gilbert has struck a different note by recording his first album – at the age of 64.

Peter, of Northwood Drive, Wadsley Park Village, has written over 200 songs since he quit the classroom four years ago.

With the help of his friend Pete Smith, Peter has recorded Fruits of Time and Freedom, a collection of 11 of the best of the bunch.

“We’ve called ourselves the Repeters – as we are both called Peter,” he said.

“Most of the songs were written over the last year and people seem to really like it.”

Peter spent £2,000 on renting time at The Old Pig Farm recording studio in Oughtibridge, and has had a small run of 200 CDs manufactured so far.

“It took six days of sessions, full days from 11am until 8pm and the mixing and mastering took another two days,” Peter said.

“The feel is basically acoustic but we’ve also added piano, other keyboards, bass and drums – I’d describe it really as folk rock.”

Peter says his key influences include Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, the Eagles and Jackson Browne, and among his favourites on the album are Big Bad Storm, Elderflower Champagne and Last Days of December.

“The songs are quite personal - one is called Faded Old Dreams and it sums up the dream I had to make an album,” he said.

“I was never going to retire to my pipe and slippers, and we’ve really enjoyed playing our songs around local folk clubs.”

The Repeters have already played at pubs including the White Lion at Heeley Bottom and the Princess Royal at Crookes, and are down for a date as part of the Tramlines Festival in July.

“I’m really pleased with the way the CD has come out - and now I’m keen to make another. I’ve already got more songs written, although the younger generation tell me CDs are past it. It’s all about ITunes and Spotify these days apparently.”