Peco plays his own brand of alt-folk music. His songs are folk based but often veer into Rock, Pop and Americana. His work is lyrically driven and melodic and steeped in classic singer-songwriter influences, including artists like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Wilco, Nick Cave, Badly Drawn Boy, Ryan Adams and Laura Marling. He has toured around Ireland, the UK, America and Canada under his own name and with his previous outfit Valentine Black. He currently plays both solo and with a band.Peco (Peter Mc Loughlin JR) was born and raised in Kildare but has lived in Dublin for many years. He's a bit of a veteran on the Irish music scene. 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. 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 debut single 'Safe Haven' was a Finalist in both The USA Songwriting Competition and 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'. Retrospect has also debuted on TV in the US last year. He has recently signed a management deal with Live Loud Music.
He has released two singles to date, 'Safe Haven' and most recently 'Self Help - A Beginner's Guide'. His EP, 'And So I Arrived At The Start' is due out on Oct 20th 2017.