Music reunites Peters
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.”
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.