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 in my 46th year as a professional folk singer, dancer, and musician, and as usual I’ve been off touring festivals and events over the summer. Now we’re into Autumn and I’ll be touring from October through to the end of the year. Please click HERE  to see a summary of my upcoming gigs or alternatively you can go to my Tour Dates & Events page. I hope to see you somewhere along the road.

Read the interview with Pete by Pete Heywood in the “Living Tradition” Issue 120   HERE….

and MORE reviews HERE …..


My new CD “The Man in the Red Van”  has got some reviews – Nigel Schofield has written 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…..”

See more on my REVIEWS page….

You can 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).


****** Newly discovered –  treasure in the attic ……. READ MORE…..



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 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.