Pete has now been playing drums for 17 years as well as many other instruments including guitar, bass, piano as well as several traditional folk instruments. Recieving his first full size kit aged 6, he immediately started getting to grips with them and was soon playing along to his favorite songs. Pete started performing at the age of 7. Pete played for school musicals, jazz band and many other school related performances whilst also performing in professional london pub/club bands, his dads ceilidh band and several originals and cover bands. At 21, Pete was appointed head of music at New Line Learning academy where he taught pupils 11-18 for 2 years along side gigging with successful folk-rock band Wheeler Street, cruise ship work and various sessions and function bands.
In March 2008, Pete Wheeler and Toby Starks formed the folk outfit, Wheeler Street. On just their second gig, they were signed by Playpen Management and Agency and from there have gone on to play with some of the biggest names in their genre. In 2008, the band released its first E.P., Complaints and Privileges, and performed at festivals across the UK including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and the Sidmouth Folk Festival.
In late 2008, Pete was back in the studio with Wheeler Street, recording their debut album, Roodumdah, produced by Jim Moray. This was released in March 2009 in conjunction with Wheeler Street's first UK national tour. Over the summer of 2009, the band toured the festival circuit again, including a performance at the Glastonbury Festival. Wheeler Street have featured on radio stations across the world in countries such as Germany, Canada and North America as well as airtime on BBC Radio 2 and local UK stations.
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