Music, Creative Entertainment, Children's Entertainment
For a generation Peter Combe, often referred to as the “Paul Kelly of children's song writers” well before the advent of the Wiggles, captured the imagination of both young and old Australians with his funny, inspirational and irresistibly catchy songs for children.
As well as shows for kids, he now also performs to adoring crowds of “20 something’s” who grew up on his music, at “Renaissance” shows in pubs or universities with audiences of sometimes 2000 or more. These shows feature all his hits including “Wash Your Face in Orange Juice”, “Mr. Clicketty Cane”, “Newspaper Mama”, “Toffee Apple”, “Spaghetti Bolognaise”, “Chopsticks” and “Juicy Juicy Green Grass” – by the end of the show most of the “20 somethings” are up on the floor dancing or even crowd surfing! During one memorable performance, a young man, acting out a famous line from “Wash Your Face in Orange Juice”, actually belly flopped into a pizza!
Peter’s career began with a six year stint presenting “Music Time” for BBC Television in London in 1977, but things really took off when the hugely successful “Toffee Apple” album and video clip were released in 1987. “Toffee Apple” was the first ever full length video clip made for kids, and established Peter as Australia's first kid’s “pop star”! His radio series “Ticklepot” was voted best radio programme in the world in New York in 1991.
Renowned for his Monty Pythonish sense of humour in songs such as “Tadpole Blues”, “Down in the Bathroom”, “First Reader”, “Elizabeth”, “This Little Pig” and “Stuck in a Pizza”, Peter surprises and inspires with every performance. And with over a million album and DVD sales later, Peter’s passion for performing, writing and recording quality new music for children remains as strong as ever.
Peter pioneered the idea of adult friendly kid’s music – music you could play in the car on long trips and not go completely insane after hearing the same CD 50 times! He has also released an adult album – “Songs from a Telephone Box”.
Besides his thousands of solo performances, Peter has worked with orchestras, including the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Queensland, Adelaide and Western Australian Symphony Orchestras, choirs, rock bands and dancers. He has performed on three occasions at Carols in the Domain in Sydney, Carols by Candlelight in Adelaide, twice at Carols by Candlelight in Brisbane and also in Hobart. In 1993 in a production of Ben Hur proportions his musical, “Snugglepot & Cuddlepie” was performed and recorded with 18 soloists, including Ruth Cracknell, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and a 120 voice choir.
In December 2005 Peter’s second Christmas CD “Wake Up It’s Christmas” was voted ABC Radio National’s Album of the Week. 2009 saw the release of “Kiddywinks”, an album for pre-school children and inspired by Peter's first grand child Amelie.
With 3 ARIAS for Best Children's Album, seven gold and two platinum CDs, and over a million sales Peter Combe is an icon of Australian children's music.
He is recognized as simply the best and most loved children' songwriter in Australia.