Hailing from a small Devonshire village that is hard to pronounce, Cole Stacey is a songwriter, singer and musician who roams from the highest echelons of contemporary folk to 80s pop icons and new romantic innovators across the globe. From shows diverse as supporting Ben Howard to Roy Wood, from Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 to ‘Vienna’ with Midge Ure on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show.
“Soft, pop-aware voice describing a life alive with motion” – The Independent
As one half of acclaimed folk duo India Electric Co. Cole has recently been found performing Glastonbury Festival, on prime-time live sessions for BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music as well as winning critical acclaim for their three records released.
**** “ India Electric Co. are bursting with invention and full of surprises.” – The Telegraph
In 2015 alongside IEC bandmate Joseph O’Keefe, Cole was asked to accompany Midge Ure on mandolin on his extensive Breathe Again tour which subsequently lead to a live release of the show. Since then sold out tours of Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Germany in this three piece lineup have followed to wide spread accolades. In 2017 Cole became part of Midge’s Band Electronica playing Bass Guitar and Keyboards and tours with The Human League and Claire Grogan (Altered Images) were announced.
“This is a man who needs doughnuts,you can barely see him from behind that mandolin” – Midge Ure
Cole is someone who can be found most days sampling the finest speciality filter coffee, listening to a vinyl and mini-disc collection from obscure Essex car boot sales that is perhaps the biggest indicator about his passion and love for music from every corner of the world and whose words and music itself is unique in its honest raw sourcery.
“An almost hypnotic vocalist, incredibly expressive multi-instrumentalist with an emotive and energetic signature style” – Fatea Magazine
All photos courtesy of Kate Southall Photography