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

I’m now coming to the end of my 46th year as a professional folk singer, dancer, and musician. During 2017 I’ve been touring Folk Clubs, Festivals, and Events over the summer and have hugely enjoyed playing in front of audiences old and new. I’d like to thank all the organisers who’ve booked me and all my friends, fans and supporters for your enthusiasm and support. Now we’re into winter (it snowed in Ripponden on Saturday) and I’m having a bit of a rest to avoid the bad weather. Next year I’ll start touring from March, so keep an eye on venues and dates HERE  or check out my Tour Dates & Events page.

There’s lots happening in and around the Ryburn Valley during the Festive Season, and I’ll be playing at the Ryburn 3 Step Folk Club Christmas Party in the Malthouse, Rishworth, on 20 December, calling at the Grand New Year’s Eve Dance in Waring Green on 31 December, and enjoying the Long Company Mummers at various venues on 2 – 6 January 2018. It’s the time of year that I enjoy being at home in the company of family and friends with all the music, dance and song that goes on round here.

One of the highlights of my year was the launch of my latest CD “The Man in the Red Van“. Sales have been fantastic and I’ve had some lovely reviews. Nigel Schofield wrote in Tykes News:

“A new Pete Coe album is always a delight… considered, emotive performances of carefully selected material expertly played and recorded. This is no exception…..”

Pete Heywood interviewed me for the “Living Tradition” HERE…


You can download a copy using the Bandcamp app:         petecoe.bandcamp.com

or buy a copy from my DISCOGRAPHY page…………

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, plus solo and duo performances, dance calling, recording, field research, local folk activism in Ryburn Three Step and teaching at various levels.

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.


EFDSS Gold Badge Award – On Wednesday 16 November 2016 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. READ MORE…….




Click on the festival name for the Youtube Shepley and Cheltenham Folk Festival performances.