I’ve been writing songs on and off since I was 6 years old.
It’s never been my main activity, but it’s always nourished
and enriched me in different ways than ‘interpreting’ music has.
Although I’ve more more or less been 'flying under the radar’
with my songwriting, I did record two CDs with Theresia Bothe:
“I’ll Sing a Song For You” (ZahZah, 2008)
"THE LUTE PLAYER and other songs” (Centaur, 2012).
In addition, two collections of my songs for voice & lute have been published:
REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST, four new settings of texts by William Shakespeare (Tree Edition 2009),
and OPEN HOUSE (German Lute Society, 1999).
I invite you to watch some of the videos and peruse the lyrics below.
THE LUTE PLAYER, Theresia Bothe (voice) & Peter Croton (lute & electric guitar). Words by Andrew Lang from "The Violet Fairy Book" (1901), music by Peter Croton (2010). From the CD "THE LUTE PLAYER & other songs"
YOU'RE FREE, words & music by Peter Croton. Performed by Theresia Bothe (voice) & Peter Croton (guitars) on the CD "I'll Sing a Song For You"
SONG TO A SLEEPING CHILD, lyrics & music by Peter Croton. Performed by Theresia Bothe (voice) & Peter Croton (guitars). From the CD 'I'll Sing a Song For You', Zah Zah ZZCD9825
SONG FOR BILLIE HOLIDAY, text by Langston Hughes, music by Peter Croton. Performed by Theresia Bothe (voice) & Peter Croton (electric guitars). From the CD: "I'll Sing A Song For You"
IN DARKNESS LET ME DWELL for voice & lute by Peter Croton (new text & music, inspired by John Dowland) performed by Evelyn Tubb & Peter Croton