PETER McLEAN: Bio

Peter McLean

- Biography -

Peter McLean's musical career encompasses a wide range of musical styles which have led him across the continent and eventually ... back home again.

Born and raised in West Vancouver, BC, Peter was introduced to music by his Irish grandfather, Thomas, who taught him to play the concertina when Peter was five. Four years later his piano studies began in Seattle, WA and were continued when the family moved back to West Van. Peter taught himself guitar and did his first coffee-house gig by the time he was 12. A few basement bands, dances and university gigs later, he left home & high-school to play Hammond organ in Vancouver's High Flying Bird rock band. H.F.B. introduced Peter to a full-on musical life opening for huge acts like Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac and The Steve Miller Band (plus a 10 date tour opening for the Chicago blues legend, Willie Dixon.

A "temporary" move to Toronto to check out the music scene lasted a lot longer than Peter had planned. Joining up with Doug Pettigrew in the duo Face To Face, he played Ontario venues while learning from Doug's vast entertaining abilities. That lasted until Terry Christensen asked Peter to play keyboards, guitar & bass in his folk/bluegrass trio. The trio soon became a full nine-piece band, Tawna, for which Peter arranged and produced two album projects;  members included fiddler, Anne Lederman and the current east-coast recording artist, Laura Smith. Tawna performed through Ontario & Quebec.

Since then, Peter has performed in Carnegie Hall, NY with a 12 piece a capella choral ensemble, enjoyed the rare privilege of being the house entertainer at Mrs. Mitchells restaurant and attended Toronto's Harris Institute for the Arts where he studied Music Business and copyright law. Following graduation, Peter returned to Vancouver and did a three month internship at Nettwerk Records followed by two years as the studio manager for Orca Pacific Recording Studios.


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