From growing up with a father who played in seminal Irish band Le Cheile, to living above and working in 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 included serving as live and studio stalwart in Laura Marling’s band and being a central point in the wider London Folk scene which has most notably given birth to Mumford and Sons.
Pete’s debut album ‘Our Beloved Bubble’ builds on his Merry Go Round EP, which was recorded and mixed in two days by Jim Barr of Portishead.
Pete’s guitar style owes a lot to British folk guitarists of the 1960s such as Bert Jansch and John Martyn and his song writing more to American songwriters such as Paul Simon, Neil Young and Ryan Adams. In March 2011, Pete was invited on infamous Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford & Sons – as well as the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, it was during this tour that he met Nashville’s Ross Holmes & Matt Menefee who had come along for the ride.
Recorded in the Highlands of Scotland and mixed by the legendary Ethan Johns (Laura Marling, Ryan Adams, Ray La Montagne), ‘Our Beloved Bubble’ took a mere two days to record. Pete asked Ross and Matt if they’d ever made an album that fast and they laughed and replied that ‘in Nashville they regularly make an album in a few hours!’
“Sounds like a lost John Martyn classic” – Q
“A wonderful debut” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“We’re really enjoying this” – Lauren Lavern, BBC 6 Music
“An impressive debut” – The Daily Telegraph
“jaw-dropping – the missing link between John Martyn and Leonard Cohen”, NME