Reviews

 

“One of the most important folk artists in Britain”                                   MOJO
“A one man folk industry”                  BBC Radio 2
Read the interview with Pete by Pete Heywood in the “Living Tradition”, Issue 120….

“it may be easier and quicker to list the talents that Pete Coe doesn’t have.”         Andy Kershaw, BBC World

“Pete Coe in many ways represents the backbone of the modern folk revival. A fine solo performer and an energetic activist for the scene as well, founding Ryburn 3 Step, running folk clubs, dances and workshops in Ripponden and beyond while also teaching music and dancing in schools. He’s still one of the most committed, most versatile, most important folk artists in Britain.”                                                                 Colin Irwin MOJO

“Every aspiring young performer needs to watch this man whose driving, footstomping delivery on a variety of instruments and outstanding voice is an object lesson in regard-for-your-audience basics.”                             Paul Davenport, English Dance & Song magazine

 

 Reviews of CD “The Man in the Red Van” BASH CD63

“Between these lines runs a quiet sense of humour and detachment only the best can handle. It goes without saying now, Pete Coe is one of the best.” Nick Burbridge, R2 Magazine (Read the full review – R2 review)

“As he has done for many years now, he accompanies himself expertly with effortless banjo, bouzouki, the late and great Tony Rose’s guitar, Hohner melodeons, and foot percussion. Accompaniments it’s a joy to listen to. A master performer.
It’s the latest CD from a really superb English folk singer and musician.” Jerry Simon, Stirrings
(Read the full review – Stirrings review
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“After more than four decades in the business, Pete now delivers another superb album that’s right up there with the very best….”
“This CD triumphantly conveys the essence of Pete as consummate performer and interpreter….”
David Kidman, fRoots

“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           http://www.livingtradition.co.uk/webrevs/bashcd63.htm

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

“Pete’s love of traditional song is clearly evident in this magnificent set of songs and ballads from England, Ireland and Canada, as well as a couple of Pete Coe originals…..”
Barry Goodman – Shire Folk

Pete Coe is one of the old guard, one of the last. He’s been in this business for more than forty-five years and still has all the moves….”
“Musically the album is deceptively simple. Pete plays most of the music with sparing support from Andy Peacock and producer David Crickmore plus a chorus of colleagues and friends. He doesn’t need any more than that.”
Dai Jeffries – Folking.com   http://folking.com/pete-coe-the-man-in-the-red-van-backshift-bash-cd-63/

“Pete’s talents as a multi-instrumentalist are what really tie these songs together nicely….”
Richard Catton – English Dance and Song

Reviews of CD “Backbone” BASH CD57backbonecover

“Pete Coe may never have received the same recognition as many of his veteran contemporaries, or the new generation of folk heroes, but he has played a major role in the British folk club scene ever since he became a professional musician back in the early 70s. And as this set proves, he deserves a wider audience. He’s an impressive singer, songwriter, and a
multi-instrumentalist………”

Review of ‘Backbone’ by Robin Denselow in the Guardian.

“This outstanding album ably demonstrates that not only is his strength undiminished, his hunger for exploring the music and presenting it in new and interesting ways is as keen as ever.”                                          fROOTS

“Pete Coe’s formidable contribution across four decades remains largely unsung. It’s a pernicious oversight, as this boldly forthright collection proves.”                 MOJO

“Though familiar, each song is rejuvenated by Pete’s approach – and he even allows himself a little rewriting and always to the song’s advantages. He treats songs and tunes as trusted friends and they return the compliment. Each Pete Coe release over four decades has been a rewarding discovery and, more importantly, a welcome place to return to many a time and often.”                                                                Tykes News

“What marks this one out as probably his best solo album is the great attention to detail, recording quality, programming, design and so on, and he is in remarkably good voice throughout.”                                                      EDS

“This is an exceptional record, coegently demonstrating that Pete is as much a backbone of the modern folk revival as this fine disc should itself by rights form a backbone of your own CD collection.”                                               LIVING TRADITION

Live Reviews

“One of our most versatile and impressive performers” – Alan Bearman, Towersey Festival

“Positively ebullient on stage, step-dancing whilst playing and singing.” – Lawrence Heath, fROOTS

“Nowhere do you find all the threads of song, dance, musician, caller & organiser woven together in such a rich tapestry.” – David Herron, The Living Tradition

“Pete Coe is dry of wit, strong of voice and his instrumental versatility is of vaudevillian impressiveness.” – The Glasgow Herald

“Uniquely gifted as a terrific singer, accomplished multi-instrumentalist and thrilling step-dancer, sometimes all at once! An evening with Pete Coe is an exhilarating experience.” – Electric Theatre, Guildford

“The headliner was Pete Coe, from the UK, a tall, lanky “one-man Folk Show” with a predominantly traditional repertoire, a huge and wonderful voice, and a multi-instrumentalist and master of his craft. Add to all that his ability to dance in the clogging style whilst playing, he was a knock-out, and left his audiences gob-smacked.” – Auckland Festival New Zealand review

“A prolific performer with ability beyond bounds.” – Chippenham Folk Festival

“An industry? More a multi-national.” – Dave Tuxford, City Life, Manchester