Pete Vash

Pete Vash


I'll provide your venue with quality live music, delivered with genuine joyful enthusiasm, for a reasonable price. Hmm...that was only 17 seconds... I can play the guitar like a crazed fool, tell silly stories, give you pause to think with a folksy tune, or rock your ass off!


Pete Vash was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on Tuesday, January 24, 1961, four days into the New Frontier. Earlier in the day Robert Allen Zimmerman arrived in New York City for the first time, and promptly made his way to Café Wha? Later that night, Bob Cousy and Bill Russell led the Boston Celtics to a 125 - 112 victory over the New York Knickerbockers.

Pete experienced his first guitar at age 3 when his cousin, aspiring Folksinger Harriet Udin Aronow, performed at a family picnic. "I can still remember feeling absolutely awestruck. I was simply amazed that this "thing" was producing such an enchanting sound. It was pure magic".

Like many teenagers in the mid-seventies, Pete formed and/or joined a procession of garage bands. It was while attending Rutgers University in the early 80’s, however, that Pete reconnected to the acoustic guitar. "It just seemed like an obvious evolution, especially since it was during this time that I began to really focus on songwriting"

Pete has been a member of the Folk Alliance since 1996, and has supported himself for the last several years as a working musician performing a mix of Original Music and Tavern Favorites at Bar/Restaurants and hip listening rooms across New Jersey. He most closely aligns himself with the musical traditions of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, and Bruce Cockburn.

Leonard Bernstein has been quoted as saying…….."Folk-songs, and folk-dances are really the heart of all music, the very beginning of music, and you’d be amazed at how much of the big, complicated concert music we hear grows right out of them. But most important of all, folk-songs reflect the rhythms and accents and speeds of the way a people talk". Pete sees it the same way. "My musical influences are wide and varied, and they are reflected mostly in my sonic sensibilities. But at the core of each of my tunes there lives a simple folk song that speaks a plain truth in a language that feels right and natural. I look forward to sharing my brand of folk music with you".


2005 FIVE CORNERS - Iron Works Music
2001 Live to 2-Track - Iron Works Music

Set List

It really depends on the venue and the crowd on any given night. Of course, I breath to perform my original tunes, but I've been known to pull out a David Crosby chestnut from time to time, and I've paid the bills doing classic rock covers in the bars of jersey.