Filthy Pedro biography

Filthy Pedro

Musical Artist


Who is Filthy Pedro?

Filthy Pedro is an antifolk musician based in London. Born Simon Parry in Anglesey, Wales, he moved to London in the late 90s. Parry had grown interested in antifolk after hearing Beck's 'Stereopathic Soulmanure' album. However, it was only after a trip to New York's Sidewalk Cafe in 2001 that he thought a similar movement should be created in London.

Similar to Lach, the New York based musician/promoter who first started booking 'antifolk' shows at various venues in New York City after finding himself unwelcome at more traditional venues, Parry founded a similar movement in London in 2002, taking the stagename Filthy Pedro. He created the website and soon after started a seasonal gig in London -- 'The Antifolk UK Fest' -- where unusual and like-minded songwriters could perform outside of the generic indie/rock scene. The 'antifolk movement' and its unorthodox practices, started to attract some press attention in 2006, with Filthy Pedro a key interviewee.

The movement has been championed by Nude Magazine, Time Out London and Everett True of Plan B Magazine and The Village Voice. Filthy Pedro has appeared on Channel 4's Transmission programme, was recommended by Lauren Laverne in the NME and in 2007 performed live on Marc Riley's BBC6 radio show following the launch of his first single.

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on July 23, 2013


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