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‘Spectacular’

British musician Peter Donegan will perform in New Mexico for the first time on Saturday, Feb. 22, in Santa Fe. (Courtesy of Peter Donegan)

Peter Donegan’s life is full of surprises.

Take, for instance, the friendship that has grown with Santa Fe-based musician Sean Healen.

The pair met at the Buddy Holly Songwriters Retreat in Lubbock, Texas, in September and found a common bond – songwriting.

After writing a few songs together, Healen made a promise to bring Donegan to Santa Fe for a performance.

“He’s stuck with me for this show,” Donegan says in a recent interview. “We’ve definitely grown to respect each other in music. We both come from the country and Americana realm. In the U.K., country and Americana is having a resurgence. It’s spectacular.”

The pair will perform in Santa Fe on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Ute 66 Live.

It will be Donegan’s first performance in New Mexico.

Donegan was exposed to music at an early age.

He’s the son of songwriter Lonnie Donegan, whose influence helped shape 1960s British pop and rock music. He’s referred to as the King of Skiffle.

Donegan’s father wrote “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” for Tom Jones.

In 2019, Donegan auditioned for “The Voice UK,” where Jones is a judge.

“I was scouted for the show, and they asked me to audition,” he says. “It was a dream come true to sing a song in front of Tom. It was a surreal experience, and I made some new friends.”

Donegan continues to work on music regularly.

He says each song has its own journey and his editing process is harsh.

“I go through this circle of self-torture and think everything is absolute rubbish,” he says. “After working on it for a bit, it turns out that it’s a pretty good song. I think anybody that analyzes their own writing or music uses a tough hand in editing.”

When he gets back to the United Kingdom in a few weeks, he will go into the studio to record a single.

“I feel better when I write,” he says. “It’s cathartic when you get something completed and then share it with the world.”

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