Peco is an Irish artist who's music is a blend of indie-rock, folk, and pop. His songs are guitar based with a strong emphasis on melody and lyrics. Peco generally has something to say but likes to do so with a hook or two! He released his debut EP 'And So I Arrived At The Start' in October 2017 and his debut solo album, 'The Middle Ages' was just released 15th February 2019.
Hailing from from Kildare, before going solo he was the singer-songwriter behind folk-rock act Valentine Black. The band enjoyed critical acclaim for their album ‘Desire Lines’ and the three singles lifted from it. They toured around Ireland, the UK, America and Canada. Previous to that he played in a number of bands over the years including, prog-rock outfit Bright Light Fiasco, and folk-pop band Pedestrienne, both of whom enjoyed local success with singles and high profile Irish gigs.
Peco's songs have received airplay on regional and national stations in Ireland and abroad. His song, 'Retrospect' debuted on US TV last year. 'Safe Haven' was a Finalist in both The USA Songwriting Competition and The International Acoustic Music Awards. 'Self Help - A Beginner's Guide' was recently placed as a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Competition and a finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards. He has also twice reached the semi-finals of the UK Songwriting Contest with his songs 'Retrospect' and 'Love Oceans'.
He is signed to Irish independent label Live Loud Music.
'The Middle Ages' is available now on all digital platforms. Physical copies are available in Golden Discs nationwide and Tower Records Dublin.
“'Peco - an artist I don't want to share! He's my best kept secret. Each release is always better than the previous one.'
Roddie Cleere - The Irish Music Show KCLR
'Yet another fantastic release from a great ambassador of Irish music, Peco. I’ve been a fan of Peco for a long time and he gets better every single time. His new single ‘Monster’ deserves great recognition and I’m looking forward to playing it.'
Paul Downey, "The Vibe” Midlands 103.
'Kildare's Peco has a knack for an indie-rock song with a great melody. Definitely one to watch and a breath of fresh air.'
Jason Collins LMFM
"With so many singer/songwriters on the circuit it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. There’s one sure way however to give your music a warm glow of charm, integrity and individuality, something that Irish artist Peco McLoughlin has down already. Peco’s debut EP offers an insightful snapshot of this assured and talented songwriter.”
Belwood Music https://belwoodmusic.com/2017/11/07/spotlight-peco/
'Grace Isn't Easy' By Peco - Amazing Bob Dylan-esque song. Very raw, honest & truly inspiring lyrics with cool observations of the world."
Songwriting Ireland (via Twitter - @songwritingire)
“There's something strikingly likeable about this troubadour's music and lyrics, maybe because it has a warm familiarity, more likely it's the entire package, Peco's a positive guy, but his lyrics aren't naive or meaningless, they're backed up with thought and a restrained but intent-filled passion. Musically the song is wholesome, drums, keys and the gorgeous country blues guitar riff just before the 3 minute mark fill the spaces around his voice perfectly evenly, a voice that has an unexpectedly broad range. The more Peco releases the more we'll get to see the bigger picture and in his first two offerings he's giving us cause for great expectations.”
Remy’s Music and Film http://thebestofmusicandfilm.blogspot.ie/2016/03/single-peco-safe-haven.html
“His lyrics are honest, impressive and hard hitting, the descriptive imagery had me right there with him…Peco has an excellent voice, he brings his emotions to the right places in the song…He uses his undeniable skills of music and lyric writing to express what needs to be said…he’s an advocate and a leader. There are echoes of Dylan and Jeff Buckley about him…A contender for the best Irish male artist that we will have for some time to come.”
“Peco McLoughlin, who hails from Kildare, is a songwriter and his music is as driven by words as it is by notes. His voice sounds Dylanesque, which is fitting, given his lyricism…If his current single releases, “Grace Isn’t Easy” and “Harbour Master,” are any indication, the album will be full of energy and narrative. Lyrics match spirit in McLouglin’s music; he’s a poet as well as a musician.”
The Irish Echo (USA) http://irishecho.com/2015/10/eirecana-craze-has-some-new-recruits/
"Peco's voice has a lovely MOR feel about it. I mean that in the best way possible. It's reminiscent of Colin Meloy of The Decemberists. It's amenable and feels like the average man talking to you…Peco is obviously a talented songwriter…The acoustic stripped back approach allows his words to shine. "Harbour Master" is a great example of this. Bursting into life with a real old sea-shanty feel to it, the tune builds into a fearsome chorus. Not bad for one man and his guitar…With the talented penmanship and a melodies that you can’t help but bob along to, Peco is an artist to keep your eyes on."
“Listening to Peco the solid folk-acoustic sound becomes instantly clear. ‘Harbour Master’ boasts an effortless acoustic range with just the right tempo to get cocooned among smooth vocals that ooze an air of Bob Dylan at points. In a complete contrast to this, ‘Safe Haven’ takes it all right back down for a much slower offering of slower acoustics and a more distinctive vocal…Even listening to a sample of his work gives a flavour of his diversity as an artist, and I’ve no doubt that there’s plenty of more to come from his emerging repertoire.”
Pure M Magazine http://www.puremzine.com/introducing-peco/