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Pete Jinks's earliest musical influences were diverse. Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass, Jake Thackray, and whatever his parents and siblings were listening to. His parents hadn't been swept up by 1950s rock and roll or 1960s beat groups, but instead enjoyed the light orchestral music of Mantovani and Bert Kaempfert. Pete's grandmother was a locally renowned coloratura mezzo-soprano singer who ran her own choir, which regularly competed at Eisteddfod and other festivals.


Pete's brother performed as a mobile DJ, so had copies of all the latest singles released during 1970-72, and also privately enjoyed Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and ELP. His sister had attended early shows featuring Rolling Stones, Kinks, and The Who, and also enjoyed the soul hits of 1960's Motown, early UK reggae hits, and the emerging hard rock of bands such as Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.


The first 7-inch single that Pete owned was a second-hand copy of "Glad All Over" by The Dave Clark Five. Later he avidly collected T.Rex singles. School friends and teachers introduced him to Genesis, Yes, Wishbone Ash, Cheap Trick, Weather Report, and Chick Corea's Return to Forever. Through listening to radio, watching television, and buying weekly or monthly music magazines Pete discovered Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Steely Dan, Vince Guaraldi, Rickie Lee Jones, Julian Bream, Charlie Byrd, and serious orchestral music. New friends introduced Pete to the psychedelic and underground music of Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Spirit, Captain Beefheart, Ry Cooder, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, and Allman Brothers Band.


When Pete attended ICMP he fast became aware of a further swathe of artists, so began actively listening to their music too. Plus he further ramped up the number of music magazines he was devouring each month. Pete was soon discovering the music of Joe Maphis, Roy Buchanan, Harvey Reid, Shawn Lane, Michael Hedges, Danny Gatton, Michael Landau, Pat Metheny Group, Allan Holdsworth, John Fahey, and many others across all genres. The common factor a prominent guitar - but whether it was electric or acoustic didn't especially matter.


While presenting his classical guitar themed radio show (2011-2013) Pete regularly included guitar concertos, including some which only rarely get performed in live concerts. A dozen of his favourite concertos, listed alphabetically by composer name, are:


Malcolm Arnold - Guitar Concerto, Op.67

Salvador Bacarisse - Concertino for Guitar in A minor, Op.72

Leo Brouwer - Helsinki Concerto

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco - Concerto for Two Guitars, Op.201

Lukas Foss - American Landscapes

Mauro Giuliani - Introduction, Theme and Variations, Polonaise, Op.65

Stephen Goss - The Albeniz Concerto

Richard Harvey - Concerto Antico

Maurice Ohana - Tres Graficos

Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto Madrigal

Roberto Sierra - Concierto Barroco

Federico Moreno Torroba - Concierto de Castile


                                        note for editors : the spelling difference is intentional between Concierto (Spanish) and Concerto (Italian/English)