Tour dates 2019

Here’s a list of the dates and places you can see me in 2019.
I hope to see you somewhere along the road.

Sunday 3 March: Forest Folk Club, Sling, Gloucestershire.
Friday 15 March: Burton Folk Club, Burton on Trent.

Wednesday 17 April: Faversham Folk Club, Faversham.

Saturday 8 June: “The Road to Peterloo”, Glossop Labour Club.
Sunday 9 June: “The Road to Peterloo”, Mellor Brook Community Centre.
Tuesday 25 June: Brick Kiln Lunchtime Concerts, Chichester.

Wednesday 3 July: “The Road to Peterloo” at the Working Class Movement Library, Salford.
12 – 14 July: “Ballads, Broadsides & Bawling Hawkers” at Halsway Manor.
Saturday 20 July: “The Road to Peterloo” at the Music on the Marr Festival, Cumbria.

Thursday 1 August: “The Road to Peterloo” at Manchester Central Library.
Friday 2 August: “The Road to Peterloo” at Stockport Library with Alison Morgan.
4 August: “The Road to Peterloo” at Sidmouth Folk Week.
12 August: “The Road to Peterloo” at Broadstairs Folk Week.
Sunday 18 August: “The Road to Peterloo” at the Irish Cultural Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne.
20 – 21 August: “The Road to Peterloo” at Whitby Folk Week.

Sunday 15 September: “The Road to Peterloo” at Bromley Cross.
New date to be confirmed – September: “The Road to Peterloo” at the Place Theatre, Bedford.

Wednesday 9 October: “The Road to Peterloo” at Cecil Sharp House, London.
Sunday 13 October: “The Road to Peterloo” at Abbots Langley.
Monday 14 October: Waltham Abbey Folk Club.
Sunday 20 October: “The Road to Peterloo” at Hartlepool Folk Festival.
Thursday 31 October: “The Road to Peterloo” at Huddersfield University, Phipps Hall.

Sunday 3 November: “The Road to Peterloo” at the Square Chapel, Halifax.

The Road to Peterloo

2019 is the bicentennial year of the ‘Peterloo Massacre’ in Manchester, and together with Brian Peters and Laura Smyth I’m working on a project entitled ‘The Road to Peterloo’ to bring the importance of this event into the public eye.

‘The Road to Peterloo’ tells the story of one of the most notorious incidents in British labour history – the ‘Peterloo Massacre’ in Manchester in 1819 – through some of the many broadside ballads that were printed around the time of the event.

Brian Peters, Laura Smyth and Pete Coe

Three singers and musicians from North West England – Pete Coe, Brian Peters and Laura Smyth – trace the story from its roots in the poverty and hunger suffered by handloom weavers in the early 19th century. Their songs describe the terrible events of the day itself, when mounted soldiers charged a peaceful crowd demanding votes for all, and killed or injured many men, women and children by their indiscriminate use of sabres, and tell of later political developments inspired by the carnage.

Laura, Brian and Pete present a trove of freshly-discovered material, with ballads sourced from Alison Morgan’s new book on the broadsides of the day, and from their own research, with many set to original tunes. Between them they offer three fine voices and instrumental skills on concertina, melodeon, bouzouki, guitar, cello and banjo, and add to the mix period dance music from the Manchester area. ‘The Road to Peterloo’ will be touring the UK during the bicentennial year 2019.

Recording for our CD “The Road to Peterloo” is complete and the CD will be on sale in June.

Watch this space for how to buy a copy.

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where you can find tour dates and venues in 2019.

Digital downloads of Pete Coe CD’s via Bandcamp

You can buy CD’s and digital downloads from my DISCOGRAPHY page or via the Bandcamp app which I’ve just started using.

Follow this LINK to sample my latest CD “The Man in the Red Van”(released in 2017) and buy the CD and/or high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

I’m working on getting more of my music up there and available, so watch this space.

The man in the red van – CD launch party

My new CD – The man in the red van- was launched at a party in Rishworth on 10 May. Here are some photos.

Pete Coe , Man in the Red Van, CD Launch at The Malt House, Rishworth. Photo: Bruce Fitzgerald

Pete Coe , Man in the Red Van, CD Launch at The Malt House, Rishworth. Photo: Bruce Fitzgerald

Pete Coe , Man in the Red Van, CD Launch at The Malt House, Rishworth. Photo: Bruce Fitzgerald

Pete Coe , Man in the Red Van, CD Launch at The Malt House, Rishworth. Photo: Bruce Fitzgerald

Visit my Discography page to order your copy….

Newly discovered – Pete cleans out his attic to find treasure…….

I still have a few original pristine unplayed vinyl LP’s – the classic RED SHIFT album “Back In The Red” for sale at  £20 each including P&P (UK and EU, I will have to check rates for other countries).

This classic album, featuring Coe, Le Faux, Adams & Shaw, was released in 1987 on the Backshift Music record label. The tracks include:

Valencia Harbour, Up the Walls of the World, Around the World for Sport;
The Waves of Tory;
No Cause, No Cause for Alarm;
Sold Down the River Again;
The Lancashire Emigrant’s Farewell;
The Last Dance, The Lemonville, Stormy Weather, Tich’s Reel.

The album has been ‘out of print’ for 20 years so this is a special opportunity for you to buy one. They’ve mostly gone so DON’T DELAY if you want one!

You can buy a copy from my DISCOGRAPHY page, or by post –  cheques please to ‘Backshift Music’, 103 Oldham Road, RIPPONDEN, West Yorkshire, HX6 4EB, UK.

Pete and Sue Coe – EFDSS Gold Badge Award 2016

On Wednesday 16 November Pete and Sue Coe received their Gold Badge awards from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) presented by the Chair of the EFDSS Board, Alistair Anderson.

Photo: Annie Dearman

Over 100 friends attended the event, which included songs and music from many of the performers that Pete and Sue have collaborated with, taught, or encouraged over careers of more than half a century of Folk song, music, and dance. Four other Gold Badge holders were among the friends attending: Bill Leader, Alistair Anderson, Derek Schofield, and Vic Gammon.

Photo: Annie Dearman

For more information about EFDSS Gold Badge awards, go to us/gold-badge-award.

Photo: Georgia Stone

Pete’s contributions include traditional song research, song writing in traditional style, the founding of several seminal bands, plus solo and duo performances, dance calling, recording, field research, local folk activism in Ryburn Three Step and teaching at various levels. He has  worked extensively in schools throughout the country as a visiting musician both on his own account and for the EFDSS on the Take 6 Project. He was the founder member and visionary force behind three particularly ground breaking groups – The New Victory Band, Bandoggs and Red Shift – all of which brought something new to the folk scene.

As well as developing a wide range of traditional songs for performance, Pete has had an illustrious songwriting career with many songs covered by other artists. His collecting of a single verse of Marching Down through Rochester with its Waltzing Matilda tune, and its subsequent expansion to a full song has made him the focus of attention by various researchers in search of the roots of the famous Australian song. Most recently Mark Radcliffe featured his rather personal Rolling Down The Ryburn on his BBC Radio 2 programme, sung by Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar.

Pete has contributed a number of field recordings including Caleb Walker (musician for Manley Morris), travellers Charlotte & Betsy Renals and Sophie Legge, and Willy Taylor. He has carried out extensive research into the work of Frank Kidson, which resulted in a touring show and a CD under the title of Five Finger Frank.


Sue successfully gained funding and promoted Ryburn Three Step in the early days as well as teaching Appalachian step dance and the Ryburn Longsword dance team, which she formed 22 years ago. As well as Appalachian dance and Longsword, Ryburn Three Step also organises a range of regular activities for local people including clog step dance classes, a singing group, an offshoot rapper side, a mummers side, monthly folk club and dances, occasional workshop days plus weekly music sessions in the local pub.

Sue led and developed Ryburn Longsword for many years, recruiting youngsters from local schools and including their mothers in the dancing, resulting in a junior and a senior team. Along with team members she developed new dances with a local flavour and has presented the team regularly at dance festivals. In addition to her ongoing Longsword and Step dance activities she now runs weekly workshops around West Yorkshire for disabled and wheelchair bound youngsters, developing dances suitable for their abilities and providing for them a very necessary inclusion.