They grew up in the small town of Stourbridge in the West Midlands. They met in the early days of secondary school when, by chance they were placed next to each other during a school integration exercise.
Not knowing at this stage how big their friendship would become, they awkwardly stumbled upon a common interest in music. At this point their interest was mutual; however their chosen genres were not. Dan was riding along the late nineties wave of American punk with hopes of being the next Blink 182. Pete however had grown up with a passion for a more acoustic style and had begun to pick up his mother’s guitar.
At the age of seventeen, midway through college and sitting in a deserted college refectory where the acoustics were perfect, he brought to the table a song he had recently learnt to play. It was Bleecker Street from Simon and Garfunkel’s first album Wednesday Morning 3am. Knowing the song well, he was quick to join in with a second vocal part and it was that moment that would mark the beginning of what would eventually become Bookends.
Over the following months they started learning more Simon and Garfunkel songs, spending time to ensure their reproduction was as accurate as possible to the real record. At this stage they were playing the songs for their own enjoyment in the company of friends and family.
The final push for them to start performing to wider audiences came when Simon and Garfunkel themselves reformed for a tour of the U.S. Having always said they would go and see the due live if they ever performed again, They stayed true to their word and begged and borrowed enough money to fly to New York in the December of 2003 where they saw Simon and Garfunkel perform in Madison Square Garden.
A trip that would have seemed well worth the money had Simon and Garfunkel not made the trip back in the opposite direction the following March for a tour of the U.K. However their experience in America had given them a push into wanting to perform live. With this in mind, They called a local music venue in the hope of obtaining a gig. They were offered a fitting slot supporting an Everly Brothers tribute act and were asked what name should be put on the promotional material and tickets.
Early in 2008 their lives would take them in very different directions and draw a line under their time as a Simon and Garfunkel tribute, pursuing his interest in the natural world moved away to university whilst he, who had now written an album of his own music began performing around the Midlands as a solo artist.
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