Ripponden folk musician, Pete Coe, celebrates his recent ‘big birthday’ (he was 70) with a solo concert of narrative folk songs, rooted in English traditions at Square Chapel on Sunday.
He sings and plays classic ballads, historical broadsides, rural yarns, travellers tales, songs of love, loss and industrial protest. The tragic, the comic and the curious, learned from the old songcarriers and songsmiths he’s met over a lifetime on the road.
Pete has been a professional musician since 1971, playing at festivals, concerts, clubs and dances across the globe. With Alice Jones he recorded a double CD of songs collected by Leeds man Frank Kidson “The Search For Five Finger Frank” which was launched at The Square Chapel concert in 2014.
He’s currently recording a new solo CD, with the working title, “the man in the red van”.
Pete is active locally too as a founder member of Ryburn3 Step and is involved in many other groups.
And he’s a part time lecturer in Folk Music at Huddersfield University.