Florida Friends


"Jon Semmes and the Florida Friends is the finest acoustic band currently performing in Citrus County. Ingrid, Ellis, Pete Hennings, and Pete Price combine their considerable musical talents to enhance Semmes'songs. Each of the Florida Friends was a successful solo act before joining Semmes. With every member contributing, the songs shine with close harmonies and crisp arrangements that feature flute, guitar, fiddle, bass and percussion. "
- Jorge Sanchez, St Petersburg Times

Pete Hennings was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He came to Florida in 1976 as a performer with Pennsylvania's Bicentennial Wagon Train. Pete was so impressed with what he saw here that he moved here that same year. Pete has since become a regular performer at Crystal River's Studio Art Center coffeehouse, and has been a featured guest on WMNF's Live Music Showcase. He has also performed at folk festivals throughout the state, including the Florida Folk Festival, the Will McLean Festival, and the most recent Wings and Strings Festival.

Pete Price plays bass and provides backup harmony vocals. His musical career began in the third grade, learning Beatles songs on the guitar with his brother. He never put it down, and played in a number of bands during his high school and college years. He even took a guitar to sea on a submarine during his time in the Navy. With space onboard at a premium, he literally “slept with it” for ten weeks. Originally from Virginia, he has been involved in Florida Folk music since moving to the area in 1997. Pete, also a singer/songwriter, has written a number of original songs. His primary influences include the Beatles, the Byrds, Poco, and the Eagles.

Ingrid Ellis brings flute, rhythm instruments, and backup harmony vocals to the group. She's been involved with music since age 5, when she began piano lessons. At age 9, she switched to flute. She played more classical music then, being a part of concert and symphony bands through high school. Mostly raised in Michigan, she moved to Florida in 1983. Folk music became a part of her life in 1992, when she began accompanying various folk musicians while running an acoustic music coffeehouse.