Bio

 “The reason we fight is not to defeat but to heal”

In divisive times, we cannot sit still, and we know it in our bones. When powerful voices tell us to keep the noise level down, Buckman Coe raises it with his stylings of soulful R&B and rootsy world rhythms. Buckman Coe’s latest release Gathering Storm is about taking a stand for what you believe in and for who you love. It dances between the revolutionary and romantic. The two are inseparable–once we realize that it’s not about being radical–it’s about humankind and human kindness. Not unlike his soulful influences who deliver messages of social justice, humanity and love, Buckman Coe does not shy away from facing the issues of the day. To do so would insult the compassion and intelligence of his listeners. Supported by the warmth of soulful harmonies from Tonye Aganaba, Erica Dee, Lynx, Meiwa, and Caleb Hart, lush horns, moog, organ, and synths, Coe masterfully re-sculpts the conversations away from the binary of a political left or right and towards the universal goal of seeking romantic and spiritual well-being for everyone. With a big band sound and uplifting lyrics, Buckman Coe invites us all to grow in harmony.

Buckman Coe is a seasoned performer, touring and performing at festivals in Canada, United States, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia. Gathering Storm, Buckman Coe’s aptly-titled 7th release, comes as the follow up to Buckman Coe’s Altar (2018), a folk-driven album. While Altar is reminiscent of earlier Buckman Coe rootsy folk songs, Gathering Storm pools together a wider array of genres in Coe’s signature style. It is at times edgy and psychedelic, with guitar-driven sections and explorations into blues-tinged Americana, world, contemporary and throwback soul.

Recent Highlights:

2018: Hawaii Tour (Apr), 'Altar' Tour BC (April-June), Oregon Country Fair, Diversity Festival, Blessed Coast, Shambhala Music Festival, Harmony Arts Festival, Rogue Arts Festival, Koksilah Festival

2017: Hawaii Tour (Jan), Australia Tour (March), Port Fairy Folk Festival (Australia), Taiwan Tour (April), Urban Nomad Festival (Taiwan), Vogue Theatre with Ziggy Marley (Vancouver International Jazz Festival), Rogue Arts Festival

2016: Kaslo Jazz Festival, Ponderosa Festival, Victoria Ska Festival, Unity Music Festival, Blessed Coast, Blue Mountains Music Festival (Australia), Mount Beauty Festival (Australia), Gili Dub Club Festival (Bali), Grass Roots Festival (Taiwan) 2015: Oregon Country Fair, Axis Mundi Festival, Blessed Coast, Golden Sound Festival, Robson Valley Festival, Wapiti Festival, ArtsWells Festival, Midsummer Festival, Tall Tree Festival, Music Matters Live (Singapore), Grass Roots Festival (Taiwan)

2014: BIGSOUND (Australia), Calgary Reggae Festival, Edge of the World Festival 2013: Starbelly Jam, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, opening for Ziggy Marley (Capitol Theatre, Nelson), Salmon Arm Roots & Blues.

What Folks are Saying:

“If you enjoy the laid-back likes of Ben Harper and Jack Johnson, odds are good that you’re going to love this unrelentingly positive, completely accomplished triumph" – Georgia Straight (Vancouver Newspaper)

“If this were 1973, back when singer-songwriters ruled the earth, with a couple of breaks and a bit of AM radio airplay, he’d be busy chasing gold-record royalty cheques and house-hunting in Laurel Canyon” – Mike Usinger (Music Journalist)

"Malama Ka ‘Aina is a danceable album filled with positive vibes, delivers its strength through the albums ability to thematically bridge participation in civil society and celebrate life, love, and humanity" - Tone Deaf (Music Journal)

Discography
Altar (2018)
Malama Ka 'Aina (2015)
Crow's Nest e.p. (2012)
By the Mountain's Feet (2011)
Latest Waking (2009)