Growing up with a father who played in seminal Irish band Le Cheile, to living above and working in the a pub frequented by quietly understated old blues and jazz masters, some who played with Oscar Peterson, Bob Dylan and Loudon Wainwright, Pete Roe has had the most incredible musical apprenticeship. In recent times this has led being live and studio stalwart in Laura Marling’s band and being a central point in the whole London Folk scene which has most notably given birth to Mumfords and Sons.
Having turned his back on a Mechanical Engineering career to pursue music, he’s found himself right in the thick of the singer-sonqriter scene. But after four years as sideman Pete Roe is out again on his own now.
His guitar style owes a lot to British folk guitarists of the 1960s such as Bert Jansch and John Martyn his songwriting more to American songwriters such as Paul Simon, Neil Young and indeed Ryan Adams whom he cites as an influence.
We got you a couple of songs by Pete Roe: