Peter Bruntnell

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Peter Bruntnell
Born (1962-01-26)26 January 1962
Wellington, New Zealand
Origin Kingston upon Thames, England
Genres Alternative country, country rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1995–present
Labels Loose Music, Almo Sounds, Slow River, Manhaton Records

Peter Bruntnell (born 26 January 1962) is a British singer–songwriter born in Wellington, New Zealand.[1]


Bruntnell's family is originally from Wales; His family moved to New Zealand when his father, Owen Bruntnell, was sent to work at the British High Commission in Wellington for four years. They returned to the UK when Bruntnell was a year old, and settled in Kingston upon Thames.[2] His great great uncle was Australian politician Albert Bruntnell who emigrated from Wales in 1888. Bruntnell also lived in Vancouver, Canada for a time.[1] In the early 1990s, Bruntnell returned to the UK and formed the band Milkwood, although he soon reverted to solo work and recordings with Matt Backer and Felix Harper as the Peter Bruntnell Combination.[1] He was signed by Almo Sounds, who issued his debut album, Cannibal, in 1995.[1] He recorded a second album for Almo, Camelot in Smithereens (1997), before moving to the Slow River label for his 1999 album Normal for Bridgwater.[1] The album was highly recommended by VH1's Bill Flanagan[3] and by Rolling Stone's John Luerssen,[4] and helped to establish Bruntnell with American audiences.[5] The album was recorded with the help of musicians from Son Volt, a band with whom he has toured regularly in the United States.[6][7]

In 2013, Loose Music released Peter Bruntnell's Retrospective album, featuring music from all Peter's albums to date. The album was preceded by a single and accompanying video of a re-recording of the song "Played Out",[8] featuring Rumer.

Peter is married with three children.[citation needed]

Musical style[edit]

Bruntnell's music is often referred to as Americana, although it has also been described as country rock and alternative country.[7][9][10][11]



  • Cannibal (1995), Almo Sounds – The Peter Bruntnell Combination
  • Camelot in Smithereens (1997), Almo Sounds
  • Normal for Bridgwater (1999), Slow River
  • Ends of the Earth (2002), Black Porch – The Peter Bruntnell Combination
  • Played Out (2004), Loose Music/Vinyl Junkie
  • Ghost in a Spitfire (2005), Loose Music/Vinyl Junkie
  • Peter and the Murder of Crows (2008), Loose Music
  • Black Mountain U.F.O. (2011), Manhaton Records
  • Ringo Woz Ere (2012), Domestico Records
  • Retrospective (2013), Loose Music
  • Nos Da Comrade (2016), Domestico Records
  • Live in the Firth (2017), Domestico Records
  • King of Madrid (Announced for 2019)


  • "I Will, I Won't" (1995), Almo Sounds – The Peter Bruntnell Combination
  • "Astronaut" (1996), Almo Sounds – The Peter Bruntnell Combination
  • "Have You Seen That Girl Again" (1997), Almo Sounds
  • "Camelot in Smithereens" (1997), Almo Sounds
  • "Saturday Sam" (1997), Almo Sounds
  • "By the Time My Head Gets to Phoenix" (1999), Slow River
  • "Played Out (featuring Rumer)" (2013), Loose Music


  1. ^ a b c d e Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 649
  2. ^ "Peter Bruntnell – The Triste Interview", Retrieved 19 September 2010
  3. ^ Flanagan, Bill (2001) "Suggested Sounds of Summer", CBS, 10 June 2001. Retrieved 19 September 2010
  4. ^ "Everclear, "Nutty Professor II" Lead New Releases", Rolling Stone
  5. ^ "Album: Peter Bruntnell Ends Of The Earth", The Independent, 7 March 2003. Retrieved 19 September 2010
  6. ^ Armonaitis, Dan (2009) "Son Volt kicks up some 'Dust' and moves forward",, 19 November 2009. Retrieved 19 September 2010
  7. ^ a b Maffeo, Lois (2000) "Peter Bruntnell Normal for Bridgwater", CMJ New Music Monthly, September 2000. Retrieved 19 September 2010
  8. ^ Thane, Rich. The Line of Best Fit Retrieved 26 May 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Sweeting, Adam (2003) "Peter Bruntnell Borderline, London", The Guardian, 26 April 2003. Retrieved 19 September 2010
  10. ^ Crowley, Michael (2002) "Peter Bruntnell: No Mad Dogs For an Alt-Country Englishman", The Washington Post, 18 September 2002, p. C5
  11. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie "The Peter Bruntnell Combination Biography", AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2010

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