A classic songwriter with a flair for melody. Roots-folk guitar and harmonica inspired by world folk and blues. He and his work appear in feature films and television.
Pepe Belmonte is a roots-blues guitar player and singer song-writer. He grew up in Co. Cork on the West coast of Ireland. His musical influence meanders through Irish, American and Hawaiian folk to the pre-war blues of Chicago along The Delta and down through the lyrical landscape of Dylan, Mitchell and Young. Mississippi John Hurt meets JJ Cale meets Nick Drake. Music from his as un-officially released album 'THE HERMIT'S WALTZ' make up the soundtrack to the independent feature film, ' The Hour of Living' in which Pepe also appears as 'The Singer'.
The album was set for release in the Summer of 2011 alongside a solo UK tour of Independent Record Stores. However a serious bicycle crash in March 2011 resulted in an extensive period of rehabilitation and dark recovery from which Pepe is now returning from with new songs, a new band and a new album.
Live shows and appearances have included the Somersault, Secret Garden and Wilderness Festivals, collaborations with art spaces such as The Battersea Arts Centre, Royal Festival Hall and Folk In A Box and support spots at Portsmouth's Guildhall and the main arena at The Royal Albert Hall from which an EP will be available on the 6th September 2019. ‘Poems/ Prose/ Pictures’ a booklet of Pepe’s literary work is available at gigs and his debut album, 'The Hermit's Waltz' is available through his website and all the usual online stores.