11TH May – Pete Coe

A one-man folk industry in the shape of Pete Coe will be the guest at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 11th May. Those who have been in the audience at one of Pete’s previous Irvine gigs will reckon the one-man folk industry description to be pretty accurate. Who else do you know who does step-dancing while playing and singing at the same time!
Tall, lanky Cheshire born Pete is dry of wit and has an impressive instrumental versatility. He has been a professional musician since 1971 and has played at Festivals, Concerts, Clubs, Dances and Schools throughout the UK, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and the USA. From this, he has accumulated a vast repertoire of traditional and original songs and performance experience.
Pete can switch with ease from Melodeon to Banjo to Dulcimer to Bouzouki and uses his feet as percussion. He plays classic ballads, tells rural yarns and travellers’ tales, sings songs of love and loss and industrial protest that he has learned from the song-carriers and songsmiths he has met over his lifetime.
Pete has released a number of CDs and been a member of a number of significant musical outfits including the marvellous and colourful New Victory Band and as part of a much-loved duo with his then wife Chris.
Therefore, to hear this man of many parts – singer, songwriter, raconteur, step-dancer, multi-instrumentalist who is Pete Coe, be at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 11th May for 8pm at Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road.
Finally, from 6th – 8th May the 15th Moniaive Folk Festival will be worth a visit whilst at the opposite end of the country from 26th – 29th May, Orkney Folk Festival will be en fete! Rarely is there a week without a Folk Festival somewhere in Scotland. They all help to keep music live.