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

Hello – and a Happy New Year to all my fans and friends:

2018 has arrived and I’m looking forward to my 47th year as a professional folk singer, dancer, and musician. While winter runs its course I’m having a bit of a rest to avoid the bad weather and I’ll start touring again in March. Keep an eye on venues and dates HERE  or check out my Tour Dates & Events page.

My Festive Season has been spent with friends up and down the country, but mainly here in Yorkshire. I played at the Ryburn 3 Step Folk Club Christmas Party, called at the Grand New Year’s Eve Dance, and enjoyed the Long Company Mummers and the Sheffield carols. Now I’m starting to work on some new songs and music and look forward to bringing it to you during the year. I’m really excited about all the bookings I’ve got this year, including Sidmouth Festival and Whitby Folk Week in August, and Cork Festival in October.


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 .