See Pete near you – Autumn 2017

Look out for the Man in the Red Van at a venue near you.

The folk clubs, concerts, workshops and festivals I’m booked to play at over the next few months are listed below and on my EVENTS page.

October 2017:
2nd RUNCORN, Runcorn Folk Club
12th LEEK, Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club
13th WATFORD, Watford Folk Club
15th WALTHAMSTOW, Walthamstow Folk Club
18th EGGLESCLIFFE, The Pot & Glass Folk & Acoustic Club (postponed from 20th September due to illness)
19th YORK, Black Swan Folk Club
22nd CHESTER, Raven Folk Club
27th KEIGHLEY, Baccapipes Folk Club

November 2017:
16th BLAYDON, Tynefolk
21st BRINKLOW, Wurzel Bush Folk Club

Find full details of Pete’s gigs in Autumn 2017 listed on the EVENTS page.


You can order a copy of my latest CD   “The Man in the Red Van” from my DISCOGRAPHY page.



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’ve got about 100 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’re already going fast so DON’T DELAY!

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.