“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
Hello – to all my fans and friends:
After a glorious summer of touring in my 47th year as a professional folk singer, dancer, and musician – Sidmouth Festival and Whitby Folk Week in August were wonderful – I’m now getting ready for a 3-week tour in Ireland, including Cork Festival on 5 and 6 October. I’m really excited about this tour, the longest I’ve toured in Ireland for many years.
I’m already working on new things for next year. 2019 is the bicentennial year of the ‘Peterloo Massacre’ in Manchester, and my main project at the moment is “The Road to Peterloo” with Brian Peters and Laura Smyth. Check it out HERE.
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).
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”: