A turning point came for Peter when he was at a party aged nineteen. He'd begun to improvise on the guitar and began singing a lyric spontaneously over some very simple chords. None of the guests would believe that the song had been composed there and then and Peter realized that he had a capacity for song writing.
From then on it was a question of visiting folk clubs-sometimes travelling 4/5 hours-for the opportunity to play a couple of self-penned songs in order to see how they cut up live. Of course in the folk club environment, Peter was also able to observe some of the country's finest performers, and becoming ever more aware of the importance of stagecraft in the world of music.
Spells living in the south of England-West Sussex and, later, Norwich-enabled Peter to reach new audiences, the majority of his then appearances being on an amateur basis. Leaving Norwich(and the group he had formed there)to return to Liverpool, Peter briefly joined forces with well-known local musician Chris Layhe, playing gigs around the city and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as an acoustic duo. After this partnership split, Peter continued to appear at folk clubs/festivals in the North West(spending many nights at The Bothy and Maghull folk clubs)by this time often playing on a semi-professional basis. He also had a part-time job working for Lancashire County Council as a peripatetic teacher of musical composition, especially in the field of song writing. This job entailed travelling the length of the county visiting schools and colleges giving classes to children aged 5 to 18.