Peter Grayling


It's not often that a fine classical player also turns out to be a great improviser with a solid grounding in folk, blues and rock 'n' roll

Cello, mandocello and mandolin player Peter bends classical technique to his own ends, plucking and bowing a solid driving bottom line and then taking soaring solos to unexpected places.
Peter's particular talent for weaving the cello around a voice has led to regular collaborations with some of Australia's folk scene's leading singers.
In November '97 he first toured as a duo with Kristina Olsen.
After this tour the pair recorded a CD 'Duet' released in Australia in March 98 and their musical partnership has continued with 'Truth of a Woman', Live Cd 'All Over Down Under', 'In Your Darkened Room' and a live DVD

Peter has played at most of the major Australian festivals and his flair for picking up a tune on the spot has led to Peter participating in some of the most memorable on-stage jam sessions, making great musical moments with blues greats Phil Manning, Matt Taylor, The Backsliders and Damon Davies, mandolin marvel Andrew Clermont, klezmer violinist Ernie Gruner, the Sensitive New Age Cowpersons and many more, including making beautifully meditative duets with shakuhachi master Riley Lee.

In 1999, Peter and Bernard Carney released a CD called 'No Time Like The Future'

No Time Like The Future - Bernard Carney and Peter Greyling

and in 2000, Peter and Riley Lee released a debut CD featuring cello and shakuhachi flute called 'Train To Okinawa'.

Train to Okinawa - Riley Lee and Peter Grayling

Peter is remembered by many festival-goers for his wild solos.
He's also done time in the pit for many a musical.
As a classical cellist, he's worked in the West Australia Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, including a year as principal cellist with the TSO.
Dr. Grayling now lives in Fremantle in Western Australia - Having completed a Ph.D. in botany, he combines his musical life with his botanical pursuits and is often seen up trees.