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Pete Coe

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Pete Coe

If you’re talking about the British folk club scene of the 1970s, then the name of Pete Coe will inevitably loom large. And if you’re talking about the folk club scene of the ’80s it’ll loom even larger. It’s prominent in the ’90s too and the way things are shaping up it’s a name that will continue to be synonymous with the grass roots scene through the early 2000s. Singer, songwriter, melodeon, banjo, dulcimer and bouzouki player, bandleader, arranger, broadcaster, dance caller, teacher, step dancer, entrepreneur, folk club organiser, record label boss, sallow-faced wit, raconteur and all-round good guy, Pete Coe in many ways represents the backbone of the modem folk revival. He’s been a key member of numerous significant outfits across three decades, including the much-loved duo with his then wife Chris, the wondrous dance outfit New Victory Band, folk ‘supergroup’ Bandoggs and political trailblazers Red Shift. Yet he’s probably best known for his richly varied solo work, stretching across the whole range of the folk umbrella from the English tradition to dance tunes of many shapes and sizes to his own devastatingly potent original songs.