Songwriter. Creative Force. Folk & Blues Busker Extraordinaire.  PK Dwyer and his music are a vibrant piece of cultural history much of it being connected to the Seattle area and Pacific Northwest. PK has the distinction of being recognized as the genesis of the 1970s busking scene at the Pike Place Market [forming and fronting the street bands Felix & the Freelicks and PK Dwyer & the Live Wires in 1972].  He is also the founder of the influential proto-punk band The Jitters and creator of the musical personas George Michael Jackson, Hollywood Dick Doll, and Pioneer Square Jim.  

PK's long love affair with Busking began in 1970 performing on UCLA Campus and the streets of Los Angeles.  While busking the LA theater lines PK Dwyer and Eric Zahn were tapped to write and record the soundtrack for Jac Zacha's pulp fiction film Walk The Walk. [1970 Kroger Babb Hallmark Productions]  In 2006 PK Dwyer felt the calling to go back to his roots as a full time busker -- preferring street corners and farmers markets to the bar scene and club circuit.  PK wrote and performed his own unique style of rollicking folk and acoustic roots & blues which became known to his fans as cosmic american blues and Sidewalk Hipster Blues. PK was a consummate busker, performing year round at the Pike Place Market and Farmers Markets throughout the Puget Sound area. He also enjoyed performing at a variety of the quirkier Arts and Music Festivals during the summer months and presenting his music in concert at the occasional indoor gig.

PK Dwyer and his music first started garnering serious attention in Seattle during the 1970s when folks took notice of PK and singing partner Donna Beck busking around Pioneer Square and regularly playing band breaks at any local bar or tavern that would let them pass the hat.  PK Dwyer and Donna Beck were soon known throughout the Pacific Northwest for their original music and distinctive personal style.  The pair had a strong following that extended from Vancouver, BC to Portland, Oregon and had a minor radio hit with the much loved song Dandy Annie.  1979 saw the rapid rise -- and 1980 the demise -- of PK Dwyer's ground breaking and influential electric quintet The Jitters.  At the time The Jitters were the critics darling and, although PK defined the music as good old fashioned rock & roll, The Jitters are considered cow punk ancestors and front-runners of the alternative movement.

PK spent the early years of the 1980s honing his street performing skills and immersing himself in the vaudeville element throughout Europe before taking his newfound energy and ideas to New York City.  In New York PK Dwyer created his performer alter-ego Hollywood Dick Doll and the acoustic cabaret known as The Hollywood Dick Doll Revue.  Hollywood Dick Doll quickly became an integral -- and controversial -- part of the Fast Folk movement [an esteemed songwriter exchange spearheaded by the late Jack Hardy].  Folk legend Richie Havens was so impressed with the creativity and energy of the Revue he signed Hollywood Dick Doll to his label [Stormy Forest Productions] but the group disbanded before fully getting off the ground.  The 1990s saw PK Dwyer drifting from coast to coast, experimenting with musical styles and finding his way back to the Pacific Northwest music scene. Recording projects from this time period include George Michael Jackson: King of Gonzo Folk released by PopLlama Records and the independent Cd releases How Can I Go Wrong - Get Well - and PK Dwyer & The Lowdown Payments.

In the year 2000 PK Dwyer found musical salvation when he was visited by the ghost of Jimmy Reed and was inspired to begin what he called his Blues Odyssey.  PK's journey back to the blues started with an electric trio which briefly morphed into a quartet but in 2002 PK Dwyer's love of acoustic roots and blues compelled him to move on as a solo performer.  He released a series of unique and highly regarded blues Cd's with his 2003 effort Blues Guy Now heralded as a modern blues masterpiece by Vintage Guitar magazine. 2005 was a year of accolades which included PK Dwyer being nominated for a Seattle Weekly Music Award in the Blues category and a generous grant award from Art Patch that enabled the recording and release of the lauded Healed [2006].

PK Dwyer left the Seattle area in 2005 and spent significant time living in the Appalachian Mountains, New York City, and the Southwestern United States.  PK spent those years reconnecting with his busking roots and soaking up the music and culture of each area before returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2012.  A nice round of recognition came in 2014 and PK Dwyer proved good things come to those who busk when he was hired off the street to open for Jeff Bridges & the Abiders at the Pantages Theater where he received a well deserved standing ovation for his dynamic performance.  PK capped off his Blues Odyssey in 2016 with the Cd release Busker Do which has been favorably compared to the likes of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Ramblin' Jack Elliot.

PK Dwyer continued to write, perform, tour and record at an extensive level completing the cross country Dinkytown Tour in 2017 that included performances from Seattle to Minneapolis and 2018's What The Folk?! Tour that covered Washington State, Idaho and Oregon.  In 2020 PK quietly released a unique and unpretentious Folk Cd titled Music To Dance To that featured the unusual twist of PK performing the majority of the albums songs on autoharp.  PK Dwyer graced the cover of the Fall 2020 issue of Autoharp Quarterly magazine and a variety of songs from Music To Dance To received a nice run of airplay on established Folk programs and independent radio. In 2022 PK released his final Cd and what he considered one of his finest musical achievements in the emotionally charged Loud & Clear

Sadly, the Ultimate Busker has now left this realm. PK Dwyer's last busking performance was at the Burien Trader Joe's on March 2, 2024. He passed away on April 15, 2024 after an intense 8 month battle with cancer; his presence in this world will be sorely missed.