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Peter Jones - Born October 6th 1980 (Nottinghamshire, UK)

TIGER MOTH TALES is an English Neo-Prog solo project from multi-instrumentalist Pete JONES. JONES lost his sight at an early age but quickly latched onto music as a huge part of his life. At the age of four, JONES had his first piano and turned his love of music into one of his primary focuses in his school years, participating in school plays, musical festivals and concerts. In 1988, JONES won the junior final of the BBC's Song for Christmas.

After school, he formed the pop due 2 TO GO with his friend, singer Emma PAINE. The pair spent the next ten years playing pop covers on the Nottinghamshire circuit and were finalists on the BBC's Star for a Night in 2001 and ITV's The X Factor in 2004. The duo toured in the National Arena X Factor Tour in 2005.

In 2013, JONES began work on a concept album detailing the loss of one's childhood. Wanting to separate the new work from his pop career, he adopted the name TIGER MOTH TALES as the name for his progressive rock project. The debut album, "Cocoon" is a Neo gem, with hints of ARENA and FROST* fans of complex music with a modern sound may enjoy this artist.

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4.02 | 151 ratings
Cocoon
2014
3.90 | 118 ratings
Story Tellers - Part One
2015
3.96 | 114 ratings
The Depths Of Winter
2017
3.91 | 75 ratings
Story Tellers - Part Two
2018
3.57 | 7 ratings
Still Alive
2020
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Whispering Of The World
2020

TIGER MOTH TALES Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.38 | 8 ratings
Live At The Borderline
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Summer's End
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pete Jones: Live at Mothster Mansion - Vol 1
2020
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pete Jones: Live at Mothster Mansion - Vol 2
2020

TIGER MOTH TALES Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 4 ratings
A Visit to Zoetermeer
2020

TIGER MOTH TALES Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

TIGER MOTH TALES Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.50 | 8 ratings
Pete Jones Plays Genesis - Selling England For A Pound
2015
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Tiger On The Tracks
2017

TIGER MOTH TALES Reviews


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 A Visit to Zoetermeer by TIGER MOTH TALES album cover DVD/Video, 2020
4.00 | 4 ratings

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A Visit to Zoetermeer
Tiger Moth Tales Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars Tiger Moth Tales in the studio is normally the incredible Peter Jones (Camel, Francis Dunnery), but the multi- instrumentalist in the world just does not have enough hands to play everything at the same time, so in concert it becomes a full band with Peter (vocals, keyboards and guitar) being joined by Andy Wilson (guitar), Mick Wilson (bass, melodica, vocoder, backing vocals) and Paul Comerie (drums). Recorded live at the Borderij in Zoetermeer on January 26th 2019, this set has been released as a CD + DVD, but I cannot comment on the latter as I only have the audio. The set is taken mostly from the two most recent albums, but he does go all the way back to the debut to play 'A Visit To Chigwick'. I must confess the opening bars brings back so many memories, as it will to every pom of a certain age, as we grew up watching the trilogy of 'Camberwick Green', 'Trumpton' and 'Chigley'.

In many ways I think this is one of the reasons I love Tiger Moth Tales so much, not because Peter sings about series I remember watching as a child, although thinking about it I was at junior school when I first read 'Wind in the Willow' ('Toad of Toad Hall'), as well as reading Aesop's Fables ('The Boy Who Cried Wolf'), but because he brings back memories of times gone by yet also brings them right up to date. He sings about my childhood yet combines it with the music of Steve Hackett and middle period Genesis, the music I fell in love with back in my teens. Now I am closer to 60 than 50 yet listening to Peter's music is like journeying in a time machine. The album is more than 70 minutes long, but still feels way too short, as I would love to have heard so much more. Peter is obviously really enjoying himself onstage and having a load of fun, as is everyone else. He has a very disarming manner, and just the way he speaks is like stepping back to the Seventies.

This is a great introduction to anyone who has yet to come across any of Peter's material, and if you are a fan of classic Steve Hackett combined with stories sung in a disarming manner by one of the most interesting guys around then this needs to be on your list.

 The Depths Of Winter by TIGER MOTH TALES album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.96 | 114 ratings

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The Depths Of Winter
Tiger Moth Tales Neo-Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Wonderful multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Pete Jones, ie. Tiger Moth Tales, chose to deal with wintery themes in his third album. And no, it definitely hasn't much to do with Christmas! Many songs are inspired by old British or Scandinavian folklore. Jones has played everything himself (I have to agree with the previous reviewer Kev that employing a real drummer instead of using drum programming would have done good), with a few exceptions, and those guest appearances add very nice details to the whole, which would have been pleasant even without them.

The opener is just a half-minute instrumental featuring Emma Brown's flute, followed seamlessly by one of the three tracks of over ten minutes length, 'Winter Maker': a mellow and dreamy piece slightly resembling the Wind & Wuthering era Genesis. Besides the flute there's also a brass section, but it's Pete's excellent work on keyboards and his warm vocals plus the lead guitar guest appearance of Luke Machin that make this song lovely. 'Exposure' (13:36) based on Wilfred Owen's poem has nearly four minutes of instrumental serenity --that could grace some of the better Steve Hackett albums of the recent decades -- before the vocals enter. The composition's melancholic beauty reminds me of 'Ice', one of my dearest Camel instrumentals, but it increases, perhaps a bit unnecessarily, its prog dynamics with more rocking moments too.

My least favourite on this album is probably the Robin Hood themed 4th track, which features voice-over sections of Jamie Ambler to underline the narrative level. Also as a song per se it feels more cliched. 'Migration' returns to the slow-tempo mellowness with an autumnal mood. 'Take the Memory' is another excellent song, featuring a clarinet solo from Pete. 'Sleigh Ride' is a very enjoyable and fresh instrumental, again sonically resembling Genesis circa 1976, with the flute addition.

'The Tears of Frigga' is the other (and better) legend-based song co-written with Jamie Ambler. By the way, Pete's vocals remind me of Happy The Man, as well as the playing here and there on this album. The mellow and pastoral song 'Hygge' is one of the highlights, and I don't mind at all that it makes me think of 'Entangled' by Genesis. I recommend this beautiful 71 minute album especially to those who enjoy the quartet-era Genesis and the most pastoral side of Steve Hackett.

 Story Tellers - Part Two by TIGER MOTH TALES album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.91 | 75 ratings

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Story Tellers - Part Two
Tiger Moth Tales Neo-Prog

Review by huge

4 stars Apart from the whimsical nature (following on from Story Tellers Part One), this does appear to have matured (if you can take the story of the 'Three Little Pigs' into context - which is hilarious by the way). The Palace; is it plagiarism, downright copying, or very clever use of influence from Steve Hackett? (Which I suppose is hardly surprising as Pete Jones used the moniker Tiger Moth from none other than - Steve Hackett. It certainly is the stand out track on the album.

'Kai' is perhaps the most progressive fare to be found on the album. 'The Match Girl' shows Pete Jones in nostalgic mood using clever chording and the duet on 'Eternity' is equally as good.

It is almost as though the whimsy separates these stand out tracks.

It is immediately obvious that although Pete Jones is an immensely talented musician, there is possible a lack of depth that could perhaps be resolved by introducing a 'real' drummer into the equation.

However, this is an improvement on the first part of Story Tellers. Will there be a Part Three??

 The Depths Of Winter by TIGER MOTH TALES album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.96 | 114 ratings

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The Depths Of Winter
Tiger Moth Tales Neo-Prog

Review by huge

4 stars Having listened to 'Story Tellers Part 1' back in the day and not being particularly enthused, I was watching the Prog from home concert and Peter Jones popped up playing Hygge as a piano and vocal slot (with a Firth of Fifth intro) in his garden (complete with chirping sparrows!) and I was immediately hooked... I then investigated the album version and WOW what an absolute gem of a track.

The album itself ain't too bad either, he has certainly matured since the earlier album (and now he's the keyboard player with CAMEL - some promotion).

But this one track is beautiful - set in 3/4, it ebbs and flows from peaceful to powerful, quiet to loud. On its own a definite 5 stars.

The rest of the album is quite clever with the intended bleakness of winter, including various nods to Steve Hackett and Frost. But when one considers that the whole gamut is performed by Peter Jones this then becomes nothing short of extraordinary (flute and brass excepted).

However, a very strong 4 stars - apart from that track Hygge (5 stars).

 A Visit to Zoetermeer by TIGER MOTH TALES album cover DVD/Video, 2020
4.00 | 4 ratings

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A Visit to Zoetermeer
Tiger Moth Tales Neo-Prog

Review by alainPP

4 stars TIGER MOTH TALES releases their first live album here after having four CDs in their basket. It is Peter JONES who masterfully orchestrates the sound and musical orientation of his group. Well surrounded by his three buddies, he takes up in this 70-minute live song nursery rhymes at the very beginning, quite intimate. During the recording, he went mostly to his 2017 productions and for the end to that of 2014, "Cocoon" quite simply. It is with these latter longer and more symphonic titles that the atmosphere of TIGER MOTH TALES is felt most. A live album which allows here titles of the time when he mainly took fragments from the group GENESIS during the post-separation period with Peter GABRIEL. A live that can be thought of as a gateway to his discography, just before delving into it afterwards.
 A Visit to Zoetermeer by TIGER MOTH TALES album cover DVD/Video, 2020
4.00 | 4 ratings

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A Visit to Zoetermeer
Tiger Moth Tales Neo-Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The first DVD release of TIGER MOTH TALES is a 70-minute gig filmed at Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands in January 2019. The gig appears also on the supplementary cd while the dvd disc contains five promo videos.

In case you're not yet familiar with this British band, it is basically Peter Jones, the gifted multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter (nowadays playing keyboards in Camel) and his co-musicians, three of them on this gig. Since 2014 TMT has released four studio albums that should appeal in particular to fans of Steve Hackett and Genesis in his era. The music has warm charm and often it's inspired by fairy tales. Or by wintertime and "yuletide" especially, as is the case with the third album The Depths of Winter (2017). My first acquaintance with TMT were, some years ago, two videos seen from YouTube: Pete Jones, a blind guy, doing a fantastic cover of the Genesis classic 'The Musical Box', and the lovely video of 'A Visit to Chigwick' that (I presume) uses some old children's animation to picture the peaceful life in a small happy village. The latter song is naturally present in this gig as one guesses from the title of the release.

The promo videos here aren't as unique visually, but they are a nice addition to the shortish live show. Three of the songs appear also on the gig, in a longer form. Each of the videos concentrates showing Pete singing and playing, often multiplied to play various instruments -- on 'Hundred Acre Wood' he's having an ironic dialogue with his double. 'Hygge' features footage of snowy winter landscapes and aurora borealis.

The gig sees Pete quite talkative in between the songs. That's one part of his deeply sympathetic nature as a musician. His songs are full of the similar melodic, pastoral and emotional charm, and delightful solos mostly for his synths, as Wind & Wuthering era Genesis. And there's also humour. For example 'Toad of Toad Hall' depicting the Wind in the Willows character really makes the listener imagine the frog's carefree joy ride ending in a crash.

Not quite worth full rating as the show could have been both longer and visually more spectacular, but this release will bring happy smiles to anyone already enjoying TMT's symphonic prog music, and it will function perfectly also as the first encounter with this lovely artist!

 Story Tellers - Part Two by TIGER MOTH TALES album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.91 | 75 ratings

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Story Tellers - Part Two
Tiger Moth Tales Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

5 stars When fans talk about Genesis, they tend to fall into one of two camps, either those who prefer Gabriel as singer, or those who prefer Collins. I have always thought they are missing the trick, as my favourite period is that which features Steve Hackett, and this album fits in nicely with the end of his time with Genesis and his early solo works. Multi-instrumentalist Pete Jones has been spending most of the year providing vocals, keyboards and saxophone with the might Camel, but somehow he has also found time to write and record a new batch of songs which are often whimsical, even humorous, yet also an absolute delight from start to end.

After the reaction to 'The Depths of Winter' Pete decided to return to the 'Story Tellers' concept of composing songs based on stories some of his favourite childhood authors, this time including Hans Christian Andersen and A.A. Milne. As well as providing all instrumentation and vocals, he decided this time to sing some duets with his long-term singing partner Emma Friend, which certainly adds an additional element of quality to what is already a stunning album, and her performance on the ballad "Eternity" is quite superb. Back in the day, it wasn't unusual for prog bands to record something light hearted and silly, from "Benny The Bouncer" to "The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles". All I can say about "Three Little Pigs" is that I love the Python-esque approach, especially the false starts to the song. I've played it multiple times, and each and every time I find myself smiling. I have a funny feeling this album is going to end up in my Top Ten for the year?.stunning.

 Story Tellers - Part Two by TIGER MOTH TALES album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.91 | 75 ratings

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Story Tellers - Part Two
Tiger Moth Tales Neo-Prog

Review by Rissan

3 stars Although for Pete Jones 2018 was largely dominated by his participation as a singer, keyboardist and saxophonist on the tour of progressive rock legend Camel, he still found the time and space to work on new songs for Tiger Moth Tales. This results in the album Storyteller Part Two, in which Jones returns to composing music based on stories from some of his favorite youth authors, this time including Hans Christian Andersen and A.A. Milne.

Storyteller Part Two has become a diverse album that shows a varied palette of styles. There are several compositions about The Snow Queen and Jones has managed to tie his old vocal partner Emma Friend for a few duets. On the one hand, we are confronted with the colourism interpretations of Monty Python as in The Three Pigs and The Boy Who Cried Wolf (the latter is a musical adaptation on a fable of the Greek poet Aesop, known for his stories in which animals behave like humans), on the other hand he delivers on pastoral progressive reads rock songs in the style of Genesis and Big Big Train, with opening songs Best Friends and Kai's Journey the listener immediately withdraw the atmosphere of the album.

Toad or Toad Hall and Hundred Acre Wood show that Jones knows how to fascinate the listener with clever songwriting and amazing musical dexterity. The instrumental The Palace is a highlight on the album. Jones pays homage to Steve Hackett, the guitarist he sees as his source of inspiration. The result is an astonishing result of progressive extremes, which make the listener enjoy the musical talent of Pete Jones.

 The Depths Of Winter by TIGER MOTH TALES album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.96 | 114 ratings

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The Depths Of Winter
Tiger Moth Tales Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars Multi-instrumentalist (and Camel live keyboard player) Pete Jones is back with his third album under the name Tiger Moth Tales, and this time he has brought in some friends to assist him on a couple of songs, but for the vast majority of time it just Pete. Mind you, a very special mention must be made of Luke Machin's incredibly fluid solo on "Winter Maker", one of three songs that break the ten- minute barrier. The album isn't a concept album per se, more a thematic collection of wintery concepts, and stories that take place in the winter season. There are a number of different themes explored, including winter folk tales and characters such as the Ojibwe wind spirit, Biboon, the Viking legends of Baldr, Loki and Frigga, and the death of English folklore hero, Robin Hood. As with previous Tiger Moth Tales albums, this new collection of works includes a broad range of musical feelings and emotions, from dark themes such as a grim fight for survival in "Winter Maker", and the terrible scenes described in "Exposure", based on the Wilfred Owen poem of the same name, to the warmer feel good tracks such as the joyous and exuberant "Sleigh Ride" and the closing track "Hygge".

Unlike many multi-instrumentalists Pete has a strong voice, and writes to his strengths, so that the songs always feel emotional. There are definite nods to Hackett, both solo and in his time with Genesis, and there were times when I found myself wondering if a particular song might actually fit on 'Wind & Wuthering', such is the quality. There is really only one downside to me with this release, and that is the "drums". Pete really needs to invest in a live drummer as opposed to a machine, as it definitely drags the music down, and with a quality person behind the kit it would assist in taking this to the next level. As it stands, it is still an essential release, and I am very much looking forward to the next one.

 The Depths Of Winter by TIGER MOTH TALES album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.96 | 114 ratings

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The Depths Of Winter
Tiger Moth Tales Neo-Prog

Review by The Jester

4 stars Review # 73 Tiger MothTales is the personal project of the English singer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Jones. The Depths of Winter is his 3rd release, that comes after Cocoon (2014) and Story Tellers Part.1 (2015).

When I learn about his new albumI felt really excited, and I couldn't wait to listen to his new material. I was a little bit surprised by the overall style of the album, because it is more 'serious' and more melancholic than his previous 2 albums; so I had to listen to it a few times in order to feel familiar with it. Especially in comparison with Story Tellers, that was a fun and rather happy album, the difference in the major style and sound is more than obvious.

If I had to compare this album with his 2 previous ones, I would say that I could place it over Cocoon, and below Story Tellers. It includes some wonderful melodies, like for example Winter Maker; which I can't stop listening to, or Hygge, with the strong Genesis influences. Another song that I have to point out is The Ballad of Longshanks John.

There are 3 long (over 10 minutes) songs here, all of them very interesting ones; Winter Maker, Exposure and The Tears of Frigga. But as I wrote above, Winter Maker is the best of them by far.

Another very interesting point here is that despite that Tiger Moth Tales is a one-man-band, the sound is very rich, and not depending on keyboards like many other one-man-bands and projects. If you don't know that, is not possible to guess that every instrument here is played by only one person. And for that, it gains lots of points from me.

I can't say that I'm perfectly pleased or disappointed by that album, simply because I was expecting something very different. Well, maybe I'll have to wait for Story Tellers Pt.2 for that. But the truth is that The Depths of Winter is a very serious and well-made piece of work. For that reason, I will give 3.5 stars. (But I will rate it with 4.0)

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