A One-man Folk Industry

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Photo: Judith Burrows

“There’s a very good reason why Pete Coe’s career has been such a long and successful one: this is a man who never rests on his laurels and who is constantly looking for new angles from which to approach his music. In addition he’s an extremely competent singer, musician, arranger, step dancer and a stage performer of rare ability…”
John Waltham, Living Tradition.

After a glorious year of touring in my 47th year as a professional folk singer, dancer, and musician, I can’t believe that 2019 is now upon us. 2018 has been a great year for me, thanks to all the clubs, festivals, and organisers who have booked me, and all the people who’ve come to see me perform. Thank you all.

I’ll be back on the road from the end of January, my first gig in 2019 is at Grimsby Folk Club. Look on my Upcoming Events page, I’ll keep it updated as I get more confirmations.
Big on my radar is “The Road to Peterloo” with Brian Peters and Laura Smyth; 2019 is the bicentennial year of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester.  Check it out HERE.  We’ve already got bookings for performances next Spring and Summer.

Sales of “The Man in the Red Van” have exceeded my wildest expectations – thanks to everyone who’s bought one – and I’ve really appreciated the lovely reviews it’s had – see some of them on my REVIEWS page.
You can download a copy using the Bandcamp app:
or buy a CD or Download from my DISCOGRAPHY page (you can also buy any of my CD’s from there).

Photo courtesy BBC Radio Leeds

Click on this image to hear me sing “King Henry” from the CD, live on The Durbervilles Folk & Roots Show (courtesy BBC Radio Leeds).


Pete Coe has had more than 50 years of music making on the English folk scene. His contributions include traditional song research, song writing in traditional style, the founding of several seminal bands (the founder member and visionary force behind The New Victory Band, Bandoggs and Red Shift) plus solo and duo performances, dance calling, recording, field research, local folk activism in Ryburn Three Step and teaching at various levels. Together with his wife, Sue, he received the Gold Badge Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in 2016 for their outstanding contributions to folk dance, music or song.

Pete Coe celebrates narrative folk songs, rooted in English traditions, classic ballads & broadsides, rural yarns, travellers tales, and songs of love, loss & protest learned from the old songcarriers & songsmiths he’s met over a lifetime on the road. He performs with great skill, presents with authority & good humour & encourages audience involvement.

Watch Pete playing one of his compositions: “Joseph Baker”:

Click on the festival name to see Pete’s Shepley and Cheltenham Folk Festival performances on YouTube .