Peter Narvaez

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A blues musician (vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolin) and folklorist who has made St. John's, Newfoundland his home for over thirty-five years, Peter (Pedro) NarvŠez (pronounced nar-VY-ez) has played with many of the greats of acoustic blues including Sleepy John Estes, Yank Rachell, Big Joe Williams, Skip James, John Jackson, Johnny Shines, Bukka White, Fred McDowell, the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Dave Van Ronk, Pinetop Perkins and Denis Parker. In 1999 he produced a double CD of Skip James's historic live recordings (the Bloomington [Indiana] concert, 1968) for Document Records.

A singer-songwriter as well, Peter has had his songs published and produced by Alan Freed (as "Pete & Jimmy & the Rhythm Knights," see photo below), Buffy Sainte-Marie, Steve Annan, Glen Tilley and Ron Hynes. He has recorded original compositions for the Castle, Takoma (Homegas [as "Peter Aceves"], produced by legendary blues guitarist, the late John Fahey; see photo below), Terraplane, Rap City, and Small Wonder labels as well as for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio and TV.

In Newfoundland, his songs have been performed by Ron Hynes, Cathy Jones, Jamie Snider, The Wonderful Grand Band, Denis Parker, Roger Howse, Scott Goudie, Dog Meat Barbecue, Anita Best, and Vicky Hynes among others.  Often appearing as an acoustic soloist, he has also played and recorded with many duos including Neil Rosenberg, Steve Hussey, Darrell Cooper, Glen Collins, Dave Panting, Rik Barron, John Clarke, Brad Power and Duane Andrews (see snap below). He has also been a member of many bands including the Rhythm Knights, the Hootchie Kootchie Jug Busters, Homegas, Marty and the Marginals, Divin' Duck, Terry and the Pirates, Hired Help, the Wonderful Grand Band, Bopular Demand, the Battery Big Band, the Normal Fish and Tackle Choir, the Scott Goudie Band, the Denis Parker Band, the Roger Howse Band, Cookstown  Jukes, Duncan and Brady, Whoopaxe, PowerHouse Blues, RowdyBlues (with John Clarke, Scott Goudie, and Denis Parker), The Darrell Cooper Band and since 2009 Superpickers (with Glen Collins and Sandy Morris; see snap below).

A frequent contributor to CBC radio's Goosebumps and The Performance Hour, he co-hosted, scripted, and performed with Denis Parker on CBC's history of blues series Red, Hot and Blue. His vinyl LP entitled Rock 'n’ Roll Ruby (see photo below), received critical plaudits from local, regional, and national reviewers (The Herald, Atlantic Insight, Variety Tonight, Roots and Rhythm). His latest CD, Some Good Blues was the basis for Peter’s receiving nominations as "Blues Artist of the Year" from the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (2002) and the East Coast Music Awards (2003).


He has played at numerous festivals including the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, the Carbonear Folk Festival, the Nottoden Blues Festival (Notodden, Norway), and the Whalin’ the Blues Festival (St. John’s). In addition, Peter has appeared at the Northampton (Massachsetts) Blues, Brews, and Barbecue Festival, opening for the Blind Boys of Alabama, the King William Fair, for the San Antonio Blues Society, as well as the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. Peter was a featured performer in 2003 at the Southcoast Blues Festival (aka Mudcat Blues Fest) in Dunnville, Ontario. In 2004 he perforned at the Halifax Blues Festival, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival (Fredericton, New Brunswick), and at Pa Johnson's Pub (Cork, Ireland) for the Lee Delta Blues Club.


Peter and Duane Andrews

CD: Some Good Blues

Eco Edition, Bonus Tracks!

ECMA and MIANL nominated CD, Some Good Blues ('Blues Artist of the Year') features Peter Narvaez with Glen Collins, Steve Hussey, Darrell Cooper, Neil Rosenberg. As well, there are additional historic BONUS TRACKS, that weren't on the first SGB edition, highlighting Peter, Sandy Morris & Bryan Hennessey, and Peter with Paul Steffler (piano).

Peter Narvaez: Some Good Blues