Mu­sic re­unites Peters

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Live mu­si­cal per­for­mances and mu­sic in gen­eral have long played a crit­i­cal role of Wim­mera life­style. Be it classical, jazz, rock, pop, folk, coun­try or an­cient – the re­gion has tapped its feet, danced and sung to mu­sic since hu­mans first re­alised they could make a rhyth­mic sound by hit­ting two sticks to­gether.

For some in­di­vid­u­als, the re­gion’s cul­ture of mu­sic has been an in­te­gral part of life, and for Peter Miller and Peter Daffy, it’s some­thing they sim­ply can’t do with­out.

The pair has re­formed as a per­form­ing duo af­ter a 16-year hia­tus, which means a fa­mil­iar sound will re­turn to clubs and halls for var­i­ous events across the re­gion.

Miller and Daffy have long his­to­ries in ex­plor­ing the live mu­sic scene. They last played to­gether to Wim­mera cabaret crowds in the 1990s un­der the stage name of 2-Up.

The pair wound up their part­ner­ship at the turn of the cen­tury due to work com­mit­ments, but have re­formed with a new self-ev­i­dent ti­tle – The Re-pe­tes.

Both ‘Pe­tes’ have played with other bands since part­ing ways. Daffy played in a reg­u­lar duo with gui­tarist Bernie Hill, while Miller fronted four-piece band The Leather­heads for sev­eral years be­fore team­ing with cousin Kris Nitschke as the pop­u­lar duo Lounge­room Lizards.

Daffy and Miller have also played many solo gigs.

Daffy said the pair de­cided to re­form af­ter Hill and Nitschke both moved from the re­gion.

“When Bernie moved away I rang Pete to see if he knew of any gui­tarists I could con­tact and he of­fered him­self up,” he said.

“It made sense be­cause we both knew each other’s tastes and ex­pec­ta­tions and we al­ways sounded well to­gether.

“We have both ex­panded our reper­toires enor­mously so we will have tonnes of ma­te­rial to play.”

Set list and sur­prises

Miller said The Re-pe­tes’ mu­sic would cen­tre on clas­sic cabaret and pub-rock ma­te­rial with a mix­ture of newer songs.

“If it has been pounded on the ra­dio, it will pretty much be in our set list,” he said.

“But there will be a few sur­prises as well. Songs from The Bea­tles, Crowded House, Cre­dence Clear­wa­ter Re­vival, Sim­ple Minds and Hunters and Col­lec­tors are in the mix.”

Miller said he and Daffy would also con­tinue with in­di­vid­ual projects while the Re-pe­tes filled a re­gional niche.

“You have to be ver­sa­tile and ready to play with any­one these days so you can give peo­ple what they want,” he said.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent au­di­ence com­pared with when we started in the in­dus­try 35 years ago, and with the equip­ment around now it’s easy to adapt and pro­vide what­ever is re­quired, within rea­son.”

First gig

The Re-pe­tes played their first gig at Hor­sham Sports and Com­mu­nity Club in Oc­to­ber.

Miller had his first gui­tar at 12 and now at 58 re­mains as pas­sion­ate for the art form as he has ever been.

“I love mu­sic. I love play­ing the songs

I like to hear and I’ve al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated other mu­sos. I love watch­ing peo­ple play mu­sic,” he said.

“The mu­si­cal fra­ter­nity is a great com­mu­nity.

“Ev­ery­one re­spects each other, gets on well and ap­pre­ci­ates each other’s tal­ents, re­gard­less of mu­si­cal genre.

“I have al­ways thought that I have been pretty lucky to do what I’ve been able to do.”

Miller said ev­ery­thing from styles to ex­pec­ta­tions had con­tin­u­ally changed in the re­gional mu­sic scene.

“I re­mem­ber when I was in my 30s play­ing a gig at Wil­sons Ho­tel in Hor­sham with a band called Cut­ting Edge,” he said.

“The show ac­tu­ally started at mid­night and fin­ished at 4am.

“When I got home I thought ‘how ridicu­lous’ but here I am all these years later. There is still an op­por­tu­nity to play.”

When Bernie moved away I rang Pete to see if he knew of any gui­tarists I could con­tact and he of­fered him­self up. It made sense be­cause we both knew each other’s tastes and ex­pec­ta­tions – Peter Daffy

Peter Miller, left, and Peter Daffy are back to­gether as a duo.

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