On the corner of two old streets in the port of Bristol, there's a special pub, with music floating out of its windows and down the cobbles. There'd be jam sessions in the wee hours of the morning, festivals in the streets, tales of woe from old jazz musicians at the bar; this was where Pete Roe learnt his trade.
Having upped sticks for London in 2008, Pete very quickly found himself playing piano for folk singer Laura Marling. Two years later - and having established himself as a central component of her live band - he's stepping into the limelight himself. His forthcoming EP 'The Merry-Go-Round' - a totally solo, live, guitar and vocal effort - is to be released on Communion Records on June 7th.
Across the breadth of the EP, Pete's tender vocals sit atop nimble guitar lines and have drawn comparisons with Bert Jansch and John Martyn. There's also touches of American singer-songwriter Josh Rouse to his effortless storytelling style - simple, easy but beautifully poignant. Grab a free track and see for yourselves.
To support the release of the EP Pete will be hitting the road alongside his band to play a handful of UK tour dates in June:
WED 09 BIRMINGHAM, GLEE CLUB
THU 10 MANCHESTER, TRINITY CHURCH
FRI 11 NOTTINGHAM, RED ROOMS
SUN 13 BRISTOL, LOUISIANA
MON 14 EDINBURGH, SNEAKY PETE’S
TUE 15 GLASGOW, NICE’N’SLEAZYS
WED 16 LONDON, LUMINAIRE