His mother is Japanese and his
father is a fourth generation, Irish Australian.
He spent his early childhood in
Japan and gained an appreciation of music from his Japanese
grandfather who was a conductor, composer and cello player.
At twenty-two he joined a band
called the "Plougboys" playing the fiddle and guitar and he
did the pub rounds in Melbourne, six nights out of seven,
which was a great experience but hard on the liver. Playing
with the Ploughboys took him to one of his favourite
festivals, Maldon Folk Festival and then to the bigger ones,
Port Fairy and the National at Canberra.
Toured with the Slim Dusty Show
for four years doing comedy and playing fiddle in the band.
Peter has shot to fame for his
song "Sort of Dunno Nothin" which typifies an unexciting
conversation between a parent and child.
2002 – Released the album “The
Petrol Head Fly”.
2006 – “Peppercorn Tree” was named the Victorian &
National Country Music Awards Bush Ballad Of The Year.
Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
2007 – Released the album “Peter Denahy”.
2008 – Released the album “Picture In A Frame”.
2009 - Stan
Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards – Songwriter with “Took
His Saddle Home”.
2011 – Golden Guitar for Best Bush Ballad for “Every Time He
Travels Through Cloncurry” which he wrote and was recorded
by Luke Austen.
Released the DVD “All You Can Eat” and CD of the same title.