Warming up for the 40th anniversary of Fylde Folk Festival, Fleetwood Folk Club is staging a special folk night on board the famous trawler The Jacinta, on Saturday.
Starting at 8pm the tickets are £10 on the door (or gangplank!) and the headline act is Pete Coe (pictured below) who BBC Radio 2 called “a one man folk industry”.
Pete has been a professional musician since 1971, playing at festivals concerts, clubs, dances and schools throughout Britain, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and the USA .
During the ‘70s he toured and recorded with Chris Coe, was a member of the legendary New Victory Band and with Nic Jones, Tony Rose and was a member of Bandoggs.
In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s he toured and recorded with Red Shift but since 1985 he has mainly worked as a soloist and earned an enviable reputation.
His strong, distinctive voice is enhanced by his instrumental versatility which includes bouzouki, mountain dulcimer, banjo and melodeon.
He’s also a country dance caller, creator and band musician. He sings, plays and step dances, sometimes all at once!
The Fylde Folk Festival isn’t the only 40th anniversary this year in Fleetwood.
The heritage trawler Jacinta, venue for the Pete Coe concert, is also 40 years old. Launched in March, 1972 at the Swan Hunter yard on the Tyne, she landed her first catch at Fleetwood in July that year.
Transferred to Hull in 1982, Jacinta returned in 1995 to become a floating museum moored in the old Fleetwood fish dock.
For eight years she was able to return to sea to attend a variety of maritime events around the British Isles but has now returned to a static role.
Her birthday will be marked by a private party in July organised by the Jacinta Charitable Trust for the crew, supporters and guests with a free admission weekend, when the ship will be open to the public on July 27 and 28.