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Born Peter Butler in Kent in1954, Pikey started off his musical career as bassist with 'The Realists' and 'The Electric Bluebirds'. In 1982 he joined Darts (taking over vocal duties from Stan Alexander), where he stayed until the group folded in 1985. He sang on five Darts singles, 'The Mystery Of Ragoula', 'Lorraine', 'Can't Teach A Fool', 'Groovin'' and 'Blow Away' as well their Yakety Yak 4 track EP.

During his time in London, Pikey played a wide variety of music styles, working with American, African, Jamaican and British musicians, and building up a great deal of experience of live performance, studio recording, radio and television.

Pikey discovered Brittany whilst touring with his jazz/blues trio 'Sitting Ducks' and went to live there in 1988. He is now an accomplished, versatile and well-respected bassist, having played blues with Lowell Fulsom; rock 'n' roll with Sonny Curtis; reggae with Lloyd Charmers; afro-rock with the group Dagarti; soul with Timmy Thomas and George McRae; jazz with Daniel Huck, Billy Harper and numerous others. As a singer, he has recorded with the likes of Alison Moyet and The Thompson Twins. With his wide vocal range and smooth easy style, his voice has been compared to Aaron Neville (for his soul / R&B work); Mose Allison and Johnny Mercer (jazz/blues); Lyle Lovett (country/R&B) and even George Michael!

As if this weren't enough, Pikey has worked as an actor, singer, musician and musical director in some of the largest theatres in Britain and Ireland. Most notable of these were the comedy musical Yakety Yak (inspired by the R&B and R&R hits of Leiber and Stoller - and starring other members of Darts) plus taking the role of Buddy Holly in 'Buddy Holly At The Regal'. He also co- produced (with Griff and Rita) the first album of the acappella girl group, The Mint Juleps.

His favourite singers include Al Green, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Lauryn Hill.

Today Pikey is as active as ever, singing lead vocals and playing bass with two slick outfits:

'Good Time Jazz' - an Anglo-French group playing Dixieland jazz from the 1930s and 40s. Pikey describes the band as "...a fun group with good energy...this kind of jazz has more in common with rock 'n' roll than it does with modern jazz".

'Pikey Butler's Jumpin' Five' - infectious jump jive, including covers and original compositions, inspired by the sounds of black America in the 40s and 50s. Review writer, Paul Richardson from Mad Rat Mag (a monthly magazine for jump jive fans) describes a recent performance..."The musical talent of the "Five" is obvious from the tight performance and tasty licks put into arrangements... The backing vocals and harmonies were delivered well, as you would expect from a band whose leader doo-wopped his way through the 80s and 90s...Tunes of sassy swing and pumpin' R&B such as Ray Charles' 'Mess Around' were executed with great aplomb".

Darts fans with love the Pikey Butler's Jumpin' Five album which is available on iTunes. To listen to and purchase tracks, click HERE

Pikey says "I'm happy to be still working in music while never doing any stuff I don't appreciate. I'd like it all to move up a gear but I can't complain too much, as being a full time musician is a bit of a magic trick to pull off these days!

Pikey has an extensive catalogue of recordings. For further information on these and much more, visit his great websites at:

www.peterjohnbutler.com
www.soundcloud.com/peterjohnbutler
www.goodtimejazz.net