Peter Leclerc - bio
Peter started playing guitar at age 13, learning mostly by
watching the older neighbourhood boys who had formed bands and
played the rock music that was popular at the time. After 4
years, he took formal lessons from a couple of jazz players in
succession, notably Frank Quinn, and learned the rudiments of
theory and how to read sheet music.
Peter played in many garage bands in the 70's in his native
Montreal, but struck up a long-lasting musical relationship with
his best friend, singer/songwriter/guitarist Sean Mooney.
Together they had many adventures and managed to survive into
By the 80's Peter met and hit it off with alto saxophonist Pat
Murphy. Several top 40 bands and jazz combos followed. Peter cut
his teeth playing in pickup bands in Montreal jazz clubs, often
finding himself on-stage reading songs he had never heard before
with musicians he had just met. Such experiences taught him that
attitude is everything.
After moving to Vancouver Island in 1993,
Peter joined Linda
Walker's band in 1996 (with Galen Mongeau and Robbie Kuster),
then teamed and wrote songs with Bonnie Fontaine in 1997 which
led to the release of
CD Stirring. Peter then formed
Starlight Reverie with violinist Marjorie Koers
in 1998 and they released their CD Fiddlin' Around.
Peter met Janet while they were both playing in Kerry Sameck's band. They began
their collaboration in 2001.