The Rescue Rooms archives: 2012

Pete Roe, Pete Roe live at The Rescue Rooms

  • Tuesday 29th May 2012
  • Supported by: TBC




"Jaw-dropping" - NME

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. He's supported Marling on her recent tour of the UK and Europe he's found his way onto live recordings of The Staves and Nathaniel Rateliffe and well as helping out on piano on a recent Michael Kiwanuka European support slot . But after four years as sideman Pete Roe is once again out again on his own. His new EP - 'Circles' follows up the critically acclaimed "Merry-Go-Round" which was the second release on Communion Records.

'Circles' is a live studio album which sees Pete accompanied by a string quartet. Calling in favours from friends from The Red Clay Halo and The Unthanks band the EP was recorded in two days by Jim Barr of Portishead. It was mixed the next day in return for Pete using his engineering skills to tune Urchin Studio's Harmonium - An antique Victorian pump organ. Indeed many of the instruments Pete plays he has nursed back to health himself

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 and Neil Young whom he cites as influences.

After having been involved in recording two of Marling's albums produced by legendary producer Ethan Johns, Pete took many parts of Johns' approach to making his own records. "There has to be a Reason" from the new record has already found a fan in Ryan Adams; He said he was "Really lovin' this tune."

In May Pete is on tour promoting the new record with ten shows around England.