What a difficult time it is for everyone. We just have to keep safe and positive – health is more important than anything.

Very disappointing that the March / April / May concerts in Derby, Poynton, Pershore, Kingswinford, Chesham, and Oxfordshire have been postponed – but in the meantime, you can still enjoy the music, and perhaps support me by buying an album or two for your collection – phone 01453 885088 to order albums like 30 Songs, Borderland, The Winding Stair, and others.

*Also Hitchin Folk Club have kindly started a scheme where you can download and listen to a concert recording by me and Mike Silver – as well as others.  All money raised goes to the artistes – and every little helps –

go to  Hitchin Folk Club scheme

During this coronavirus crisis, all specialist BBC radio programmes have been suspended for the time being – But there are a few of my recent March shows still available to listen again on BBC Sounds. 

Keep safe and well!

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Reviews of 30 Songs album *****

REVIEWS of 30 SONGS album

5 STAR***** REVIEW of 30 SONGS ALBUM in RnR (Rock ‘n Reel) magazine January 2020..

It is a mystery to me why the name Johnny Coppin is not more firmly embedded in the public consciousness, and his songs have not equalled the reach of those of, say, Al Stewart, Clifford T. Ward, or Gallagher and Lyle. As a singer-songwriter he first came to my attention in folk-rock band Decameron and has produced albums as a solo artist for over forty years. He’s toured for many years with Phil Beer, and today works in a duo with Mike Silver.

     30 Songs is a retrospective of music from seventeen albums over that time, including many songs not available for years, CD One being a band/electric selection and CD Two an acoustic selection. Phil Beer, of course, features, along with electric guitarist Mick Dolan, Matt Clifford on keyboards, and variously Mick Candler and Trevor Foster on drums. From the radio-played single ‘Believe In You’ to settings of poems by Charles Causley, Ivor Gurney and others, there is not a single ‘filler’ track here.

The crystal-clear quality of Johnny’s singing, the outstanding songwriting and the polished productions in evidence on this album surely merit even greater recognition of this master craftsman. –  Colin Bailey – RnR (Rock ’n Reel) magazine 

REVIEW of 30 SONGS ALBUM  in Living Tradition magazine Feb/March 2020

This is a compilation double album, where Johnny’s selected the best from his many solo albums. With a running time of nearly two hours, it represents value for money. Both of the discs contain 15 songs. The first,  he calls Band/electric selection; the second, his Acoustic selection.

When you consider the quality musicians appearing on Disc 1, then you realise the respected place that Johnny has achieved in folk royalty. I won’t take up space listing the names, but I must mention one. And that is Mick Dolan. Not only was he recording engineer on several of the tracks, but his glorious electric guitar is in evidence on every track but one. And in May Not Be Far Away, we have a magical guitar solo from himSo sad he couldn’t share equal billing; such a loss when he died in Marmaris in 2014.

And Mick is very evident in Disc 2, since he recorded a dozen of the tracks selected, and plays on a couple. This was the disc for me, with several standout tracks. The sweetly lyrical Rydal opens it; Postcards From Cornwall make you kid people you have dust in your eyes; Come Live With Me And Be My Love is a gorgeous setting for a Christopher Marlowe poem; and it all ends with the jewel in the crown, This Night The Stars. It’s a setting of an early Leonard Clark poem celebrating the view across the Severn Vale from the Forest of Dean. Quite sublime.   – Dai Woosnam

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TOUR DATES March/ April 2020



Sat 29  – Wotton under Edge – Johnny Coppin with Paul Burgess and John Broomhall at Under The Edge Arts, Wotton under Edge, Glos. GL12 7AF doors 7.30pm   utea.org.uk


Wed 4  –  Cheltenham Everyman Studio Theatre, GL50 1HQ 8pm   and

Thu 5    –  Cheltenham Everyman Studio Theatre GL50 1HQ  8pm    

Box office: 01242 572573  everymantheatre.org.uk

Sat 21   – Derby  – with Paul Burgess at the Broughton Room, The Grange Banqueting Suite, 457 Burton Road, Littleover.  7 30pm start and any profits will go to Cancer Care. Tickets and info: 01332 516114   07710 202986


Fri 3 –  Poynton – Phoenix Folk Club, at Poynton British Legion Club, George’s Road West, SK12 1JY doors 7.30pm

1st come 1st served – if travelling from a distance do email Stephen  poynton.phoenix.folk@gmail.com  info:  poyntonlegionclub.co.uk

 Sat 18 – Pershore  No.8 Arts Centre, High Street, Pershore WR10 1BG  doors 7.30pm

Tickets: 01386 555488   enquiries@number8.org

Fri 24 –  Kingswinford  – The Woodman Folk Club – Ashwood Marina DY6 0AB doors 8pm   01384 560462   woodmanfolk.co.uk

Coming up:  four concerts with Mike Silver in May and June: 

Mon 18 May at Chesham Folk Club in Buckinghamshire

Sat 23 May at Wychwood Folk Club in Oxfordshire

Sat 13 June at Tedburn St Mary in Devon

Sun 14 June at Hitchin Folk Club, Hertfordshire

Advance notice of 2020 Christmas Tour dates so far:

Sat 5 Dec at Lowdham Village Hall, Notts.

Fri 11 Dec at Tetbury Goods Shed

Sat 12 Dec at Stroud Subscription Rooms

Tues 15 Dec at St Neot’s – Priory Centre

Fri 18  Dec at Grayshott Folk Club, Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, Surrey

Sat 19 Dec at Cheltenham Bacon Theatre – note new date!!

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TOUR DATES and Albums for sale – DECEMBER 2019

2019 ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT Christmas Tour with Paul Burgess & Dik Cadbury and guests


Sun 1    Exeter – Methodist Church, Tedburn St Mary, EX6 6AA  7.30pm 

Tickets 07837 532704 and email tsmtickets@btinternet.com

Fri 6   Lechlade – Memorial Hall  GL7 3QT  7.30pm  tickets 01367 860869 /  07715 207814

Sat 7   Tetbury  – Goods Shed Arts Centre with images by Martin Fry

01666 505496 shed-arts.co.uk

Fri 13   Havant Spring Arts   023 9247 2700  the spring.co.uk   ALMOST SOLD OUT

Sat 14   Stroud Subscription Rooms with Geoff March, images by Martin Fry, and extra guests! 

 Box Office: 01453 769880    thesubrooms.co.uk

Thu 19   Cheltenham Bacon Theatre  with Geoff March, images by Martin Fry, and extra guests! 

Box Office: 01242 258002  bacontheatre.co.uk

2020: next year’s gigs so far include Cheshire, West Midlands, Oxfordshire, Devon, Surrey, Cambridgeshire, and Gloucestershire – more details soon.

ALBUMS on sale now!

My new 2 CD album 30 Songs for £16 inc P&P

 (£19 for European mainland / £20 for rest of the world)

All On A Winter’s Night


The Winding Stair

The Gloucestershire Collection 

Breaking The Silence – with Mike Silver 

for £13 (inc post and packing)

(£16 for European mainland / £17.50 for rest of the world)

West Country Christmas

A Country Christmas

Line of Blue 

Roll On Dreamer 

Edge of Day  with Laurie Lee

The Glorious Glosters 

for £11 each (inc post and packing)

(£14 for European mainland / £15 for rest of the world)

Please order by phoning 01453 885088  leave a message and do leave your phone number –

you can also email your phone number for us to call you back for card details….

or you can post a cheque with your order to

Red Sky Records, P O Box 27, Stroud, GL6 0YQ. UK.

Posted in Christmas, Christmas Album, Concerts, New CD release



This month I have two exciting concerts!

First – on Mon 16th September  I’m looking forward to a rare duo gig with PHIL BEER from Show of Handsat the Nettlebed Folk Club near Henley RG9 5DD   doors 7.30pm for8pm. Buy your tickets from 01628 636620. We played there in 2017 – and then last year to a packed marquee at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Then later this monthI am so excited about a special reunion concert on Friday 27th September with members of my own band to celebrate my new compilation album.

I’ll be joined by Paul Burgess, Dik Cadbury, John Broomhall, Mick Candler, and Gareth Sampson toperform songs from 4 decades and many I haven’t sung for years! Some songs will be acoustic, and some with then band – selections from both CDs of the 30 Songs collection.

It all happens atThe Bacon Theatre, CheltenhamGL51 6HE  at 7.30pm 

Box Office: 01242 258002 bacontheatre.co.uk




Posted in Concerts, General news


I have a duo gig on Mon 16th September with PHIL BEER at the Nettlebed Folk Club near Henley RG9 5DD  8pm tickets 01628 636620

I am really excited about a rare reunion concert on Friday 27th September with members of my own band to celebrate my new compilation album 30 SongsI’ll be joined by Paul Burgess, Dik Cadbury, John Broomhall, Mick Candler, and Gareth Sampson to perform songs from 4 decades and many I haven’t sung for years! 

The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham GL51 6HE  at 7.30pm  

Box Office: 01242 258002 bacontheatre.co.uk 




Fri 30   Private event


Mon 9  The Radio Winchcombe Folk Collective – with Kevin O    7 – 8pm 

Listen live:   radiowinchcombe.co.uk   107.1FM in Glos.

Mon 16  Henley – with PHIL BEER at Nettlebed Folk Club, The Village Club, Nettlebed, Oxon    RG9 5DD   8pm tickets 01628 636620

Fri 27  Cheltenham – A Special Reunion concert with members of my band playingmaterial from the 30 Songs compilation  at The Bacon Theatre, GL51 6HE 7.30pm  Box Office: 01242 258002 bacontheatre.co.uk


Sat 19  Brockweir nr. Coleford, Glos. Mackenzie Hall, Mill Hill, NP16 7NW 8pm

Box Office for personal callers:  Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop, Mill Hill, Brockweir  NP16 7NW  Website: www.brockweirvillagehall.co.uk

email for advance tickets at £10, otherwise £12 on the door:  brockweirevent@gmail.com

phone: 01291 689812

*Here are the dates for the 2019 Christmas Tour with Paul Burgess & Dik Cadbury:


Sun 1    Exeter – Methodist Church, Tedburn St Mary, EX6 6AA  7.30pm 

Tickets 07837 532704 and email tsmtickets@btinternet.com

Fri 6   Lechlade – Memorial Hall  GL7 3QT  7.30pm  tickets 01367 860869 /  07715 207814

Sat 7   Tetbury  – Goods Shed Arts Centre 01666 505496 shed-arts.co.uk

Fri 13   Havant Spring Arts   023 9247 2700  the spring.co.uk

Sat 14   Stroud Subscription Rooms with extra guests! 

Note new Box Office no. and website  01453 769880    thesubrooms.co.uk

Thu 19   Cheltenham Bacon Theatre with extra guests! 01242 258002  bacontheatre.co.uk

I am looking for one or two more – perhaps you have some ideas?

Also, if you are interested in a house concert, or a special celebration evening, do get in contact.

Posted in Concerts, General news, New CD release


A Songwriting Weekend with Johnny Coppin 
10 -12 May 2019 in Stroud, Gloucestershire
So please let me know as soon as possible if you’d like to join us –
The course is limited to just 6 students 

Each songwriter will have their own room to work in
And I’ll be working with each songwriter in turn on a one-to one basis.
There’ll be an informal session on Saturday evening, 
and a final performance of all the new songs on Sunday afternoon.
Tel 01453 885088    or  email    Johnny@johnnycoppin.co.uk

Some feedback from previous weekends..
“Thanks so much for a great weekend, it was quite a learning experience for me and I got so much out of it.  
You really are inspirational.
“Thanks Johnny,  a most productive weekend was had by all. Just having the opportunity to share views with other songwriters, relax in a lovely environment and concentrate entirely on producing songs, with guidance and new ideas is a tremendous pleasure.”
“Yes I really enjoyed the whole weekend, thanks for all your help, you are the Master!”
“Thank you so much for your advice and encouragement.
Separating myself completely from the various pressures that I face and focus on being creative
for a whole weekend is a great treat and we couldn’t have wished for a better setting or company”

“I just wanted to thank you once again for all your efforts which made for quite a challenging
but very helpful weekend.  I especially enjoyed the one-to-one sessions –
the critical moments when the shape of a new piece starts to gel”

“Thank you for creating such a creative working environment.
The food, hospitality, advice and encouragement all helped to make it a great weekend” 

Fee is £200 – which includes supper on Friday and Saturday / lunch on Saturday and Sunday plus  tea/coffee/drinks/snacks

A deposit of 
£100 is required to confirm booking. 

Please Tel 01453 885088    or  email    Johnny@johnnycoppin.co.uk
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