Thursday 20 July- Cromer set and interview on radio!

Hot News!
The interview Mike Silver and I did for West Norfolk Radio 
and the recording of our live set at Folk on the Pier in Cromer
will be broadcast on Jane Clayton’s Special Show tomorrow evening
Thu 20 July at 7pm on the internet radio station www.westnorfolkradio.co.uk
Hope you can give it a listen!
Regards
Johnny
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LATEST NEWS JULY 2017

JOHNNY COPPIN NEWSLETTER  – JULY  2017

P O Box 27, Stroud, Glos.  GL6 0YQ
tel no. 01453 885088
johnny@johnnycoppin.co.uk          www.johnnycoppin.co.uk

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“Arguably the clearest and most soothing male vocal in the world of British folk music”  – Folk Radio UK

What’s in this newsletter?

–  Latest News 

–  Summer dates 

–  Gloucestershire Rhymes book – on sale in aid of a children’s charity

–  Albums by mail order – summer sale!

–  Shakespeare tour dates – with my music – England, Scotland, Wales, Norway + a 5 star review!

–  Would love to have your feedback – some recent examples are below

–  My BBC acoustic radio shows – available on listen again 

*LATEST NEWS

Coming up this week on Friday 14th July I’m playing a concert with Paul Burgess in Gloucester – performing Songs of Gloucestershire and Beyond – at St Mary de Crypt Church 7.30pm – with local choirs joining us on two songs….tickets are free with a limited number left –so  to reserve a ticket email:  creativefield17@gmail.com

Looking ahead to September and October, I have concerts in Mid-Wales, Surrey, Kent, and Gloucestershire – details below and in next Newsletter.

I now have copies for sale of Gloucestershire Rhymes, a recent reprint of a collection of poems written by Edward Berryman in 1931 – and one I used in my research for Gloucestershire songs. There are 44 poems about many places in Gloucestershire,  including  ‘Cotswold Tiles’ that I set to music, and there is an introduction by Anthony Boden. The book is sold in aid of  The Hop Skip & Jump Play & Support Centre for children with life-threatening illnesses or special needs (Seven Springs Foundation) and costs just £5 at concerts  – and by mail order £7 inc post and packingPlease send a cheque,  or for credit cards phone 01453 885088

Summer CD Sale!  For just July and August, nine of my albums are discounted for over 20% for Mail Orders – these are Borderland, The Winding Stair, All On A Winter’s Night, The Gloucestershire Collection for just £10 each – 

and

Line of Blue, Roll On Dreamer, Edge of Day, West Country ChristmasA Country Christmas for just £8.50 each –

Details below.

Thanks so much for your support at my recent gigs. Had a great time at two concerts with Mike Silver – At Boscastle Village Hall (with guitarist Joe Partridge), and a White Horse Folk Club concert at Highworth Church in Wiltshire –  Then my recent talk on “My Life in Music” in Cirencester for the local Music Society.

It was good to see glimpses of keyboard player Matt Clifford (on stage and in studio with the Rolling Stones) on a BBC 4 TV programme about side musicians last week. Matt joined my band in 1981 and played on all my albums from then until early 1990’s.

Recent gigs I’ve been to include: the very underrated Jim Reynolds at Barny’s club in Stroud; local singers Hattie Briggs, Emi McDade, Sophronie, and Ethemia  at a busking event; and the launch of Sophronie’s 2nd album.

On a sad note – my thoughts are with all the victims, and the families and friends, and everyone affected by The Grenfell Tower fire disaster in London.

*SUMMER DATES 2017

JULY

Fri 14 –  Gloucester Classical Music Festival –  “Songs of Gloucestershire and Beyond” – with Paul Burgess plus local choirs

St Mary de Crypt Church, 33 Southgate St, Gloucester GL1 1TP  7.30pm

Free – a limited number of tickets left – to  Reserve Tickets  email: creativefield17@gmail.com

Looking ahead..

SEPT

Sat 16  – Oswestry – joint concert with Vera Van Heeringen, Annette Batty, Tom Browne, and John Neilson – Rhydycroesau Village Hall 8pm Tickets 01691 791403

Fri 22 – East Grinstead –  Victoria Sports and Social Club, 54 High Street, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6AA  8pm  Tickets  Dave Wilkes   07889 199 595   info: davew@albert-ross.co.uk

OCT

9 to 13 – Halsway Manor, Somerset – Le Jeusseliniere Reunion week

Sat 14 – Stroud – Oakridge Village Hall  8pm   01285 760551

Tues 17  – Dartford Folk Club  http://www.dartfordfolk.org.uk

I AM STILL TAKING BOOKINGS for the rest of 2017 and for next year 2018

Do get in touch…  You may know of a potential venue or Village Hall? 

or even like to put on a house or celebration concert!

*FEEDBACK   I would love to have your feedback – here are the latest

“Thanks for your E-Newsletter. We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed your concert at Poynton at the end of May. We hope to catch up with you later in the year.” – J and P.O in Lancashire

“Just to say what a brilliant night that was at Highworth! (As evidenced by the mightily enthusiastic audience) – I’ve always thought you complement each other well, but this was absolutely wonderful. Great choice of songs (some of my favourites, so I would say that) but you both seemed relaxed, and some great harmonies that I hadn’t noticed before really enhanced the repertoire.” – K.G in Stroud

“A huge ‘Thank You’ for the tickets to the Merry Wives play. We went (as did 4 friends) and we really enjoyed it – a lovely picnic, good weather (until a slight drizzle in the last 5 minutes – no dampening of spirits though), a great production, great performances, and absolutely wonderful music (no surprise there with your wonderful creativity).” E.C in Shropshire

“We visited the play “Merry Wives of Windsor” in Castle Doorwerth in Holland. We had a good laugh with super actors, and we enjoyed ourselves very much. The music was an important part of the play and so we like to know where we can find the songs.” W and M.U in Holland

*GLOUCESTERSHIRE RHYMES BOOK for sale in aid of a children’s charity. 

This is a recent reprint of a collection of poems written by Edward Berryman in 1931 – and one I used in my research for Gloucestershire songs.

There are 44 poems about many places in Gloucestershire,  including  ‘Cotswold Tiles’ that I set to music, and there is an introduction by Anthony Boden.

The book is sold in aid of  The Hop Skip & Jump Play & Support Centre for children with life-threatening illnesses or special needs (Seven Springs Foundation) and costs just £5 at concerts  – and by mail order £7 inc post and packingPlease send a cheque,  or for credit cards phone 01453 885088.

*ALBUMS – SUMMER CD SALE 

For just JULY and AUGUST, nine of my albums are discounted at over 20% for Mail Orders –

Borderland, 

The Winding Stair, 

All On A Winter’s Night, 

The Gloucestershire Collection

for just £10 each (inc post and packing)

(£13 for European mainland / £14 for rest of the world)

Line of Blue, 

Roll On Dreamer, 

Edge of Day – with Laurie Lee

West Country Christmas

A Country Christmas

for just £8.50 each –

(£11.50 for European mainland / £12.50 for rest of the world)

Please order by phone – 01453 885088  (leave message + phone number if out)

or by posting either a cheque or credit card details to

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

SHAKESPEARE TOUR dates  — July and August

“MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR”  by William Shakespeare – 2017 summer tour 

Directed by Michael Dyer with music written and directed by Johnny Coppin

(the actors play and sing all the music- not me!)

A talented team of professional actors in a colourful comedy; an all-male, fast-paced, costumed production. Most performances are open-air, so bring low-backed seating, rugs and warm, rainproof clothing.

“There are many, many chances to catch this splendid production between now and the end of August, and I highly recommend you check if they are coming your way. Director Michael Dyer has assembled an almost entirely new cast of young actors, who rollick and romp their way through this clever and clear adaptation with high energy and abundant talent” – from Five Star Review by Avril Silk/RemoteGoat website

Coming up,  there are are still dates north, south, east, and west! in or near Shepton Mallet, London, Croydon, Norway, Hever Castle (Edenbridge in Kent), Leicester,  Carnforth, Liverpool, Norfolk, Ingatestone, Worcester, Lake District, Scotland (6 dates), Nottingham, South Molton, Penzance, Isles of Scilly, Liskeard, Exeter, Raglan Castle, Saffron Walden, Stratford upon Avon, Witney, Stroud, Glastonbury, Abbotsbury, Bideford, Winterbourne (S Glos.), and later Bulgaria! For full details see end of Newsletter

*My BBC ACOUSTIC RADIO SHOW – is every Saturday from 5.30pm on BBC  Radio Gloucestershire  playing acoustic music on FM, AM, DAB, Freeview 735, Listen Live online and listen again for up to 30 days!!!  on http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiogloucestershire

SCHEDULE – JOHNNY COPPIN SHOWS available on listen again- with playlists and gig guides

Still available to listen again are:-

Sat 10 June – special guest is Gloucester singer/songwriter Emi McDade talking about her new single, And there’s new tracks from Ushers Island, and Janet Dowd (both from Ireland), plus Sound of the Sirens, Moirai, and Iron & Oak. Then there’s music from Ninebarrow, Jim Reynolds, and local duo The Vogwells

Sat 17 June – new tracks from Sharon Shannon, Rosie Hood, Wildwood Kin, Sam Gleaves, John Smith, and Jeanes Plus music from Ric Sanders of Fairport Convention, Brian Peters, and Gloucestershire singer/songwriter Henry Bateman 

Sat 24 June – new tracks from Justin Townes Earle, Dempsey Broughton, Cara,  and Threaded  – There’s also be music from Vin Garbutt, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Carmina, Dan Owen, Beoga, and Stroud based singer/songwriter Lara Conley

Sat 1 July – special guest is young Stroud singer/songwriter Sophronie playing two songs from her new album live in session,And there’s new tracks from Ushers Island from Ireland, Devon duo Harbottle & Jonas, and Durrant & Ledesma from Sussex and Paraguay. There’s also music from Phil King, Darlingside, and local singer Nicola Clark

Sat 8 July – new tracks from Track Dogs, Robin ElliottThe DrystonesGrainne Duffy, and Gloucestershire duo The Vogwells. Plus music from Ward Thomas, Teyr, Karen Mueller, Si Barron, and May Thrill

Thank you so much as ever for your continued support – 

Really hope to see you somewhere soon.

With kind regards,
Johnny

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SHAKESPEARE TOUR dates  — July and August

      JULY

Sat 8th 7pm Shepton Mallet

Speeds Farm, Lamyatt, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6NH

box office: 01749 812031

tickets Adult £16 (after 6th July £20.00), Children 15 and under £5

Open air performance. Please bring picnics and your own rugs or low back chairs

 

Sun 9th 3pm London

The Rookery, Streatham Common South, SW16 3BX

box office: 020 8764 8656 or online here

tickets £13.50, Concessions £11.50, Under 16s £6

Open air performance. Bring your own seating and a picnic

 

Mon 10th 7.30pm Croydon

The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR

box office: 0208 686 6023

tickets £7.50

 

Fri 14th 7.30pm Norway

Baroniet Rosendal, Baroniv 60, 5470 Rosendal. Norway

box office: + 47 53 48 29 99 or www.baroniet.no

tickets NOK 100 – 350

 

Sat 15th 1.30pm and 9pm Norway

Baroniet Rosendal, Baroniv 60, 5470 Rosendal. Norway

box office: + 47 53 48 29 99 or www.baroniet.no

tickets NOK 100 – 350

 

Tues 18th 8pm Edenbridge

Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG 

box office: 01732 866114 or www.heverfestival.co.uk

Gates open from 6.30pm for picnics, or refreshments available at the Guthrie Pavilion. Reserved seating provided, most of which is covered . Tickets are non-refundable

 

Thurs 20th 7.30pm Leicester

Jewry Wall Museum, St. Nicholas Circle, Leicester. LE1 4LB

box office: 0116 253 2569 also available from the Guildhall Museum

tickets £13.50, £12 concessions

Open air performance.  Please bring your own seating.  

Grounds open for picnics at 6.30pm. Refreshments available

 

Fri 21st 7.30pm Carnforth

Leighton Hall, Lancs. LA5 9ST

box office: 01524 734474 or online here

tickets £16 (children £11)

Open air.  Please bring your own seating.  Grounds open for picnics at 6.00pm

 

Sat 22nd 6pm Liverpool

Crosby Hall, Little Crosby, L23 4UA

box office: 0151 924 9099 or online here

tickets £12.50 (under 16s £8)

Open air performance. Please bring a picnic and your own rugs or low back chairs. Gardens open one hour before performance

 

Sun 23rd 4.30 pm Bawdeswell

Bawdeswell Church, The Street, Norfolk NR20 4RT

box office: 01362 688499

tickets £12.50 in advance / £15 on the door

Performance to be held in front of church weather permitting.

Please bring your own chairs and picnics . Please arrive from 4pm to get seated and settled.  In the event of bad weather the performance will be held inside the church. Sponsored by www.Quotatis.co.uk 

 

Mon 24th 7pm Ingatestone

Ingatestone Hall, Hall Lane, Essex, CM4 9NR

box office: 01277 353010 or online here

tickets £15 Adult, £13 Concessions (under 16s and over 60s)

Open air performance. Grounds open at 6pm

 

Tues 25th & Weds 26th 2pm Worcester

3 Choirs Festival, West End Garden, College Green,

Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA.

box office: 01452 768928 or www.3choirs.org

tickets £17, under 16s £10

Open air performance. Refreshments are available from the nearby

Festival Marquee or bring your own snacks. In the event of adverse weather,

this performance will move to the King’s School Theatre

 

Fri 28th 7.30pm Ulverston

Ford Park, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7JP

box office: 01229 580666 email info@ford-park.org.uk

tickets £13, Concessions £11

Students/Children £8, Families (2 Adults + 2 Children) £36

10% discount for parties of 10 or more

Open air performance. Grounds open at 6.30pm. Bring your own seating and a picnic.

Hot/cold drinks and refreshments available 

 

Sat 29th 3pm Cockermouth

Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria. CA13 9SH

box office: 01768 776276

tickets £13.50 (school children £10)

Bring a chair, enjoy real, live costumed professional actors frolicking! 

Shakespeare in the open air (whatever the summer weather) makes a fantastic spectacle 

Hey nonnie, nonnie!  Open 1.30pm for picnics

 

Sun 30th 7pm Musselburgh

Newhailes (NTS), Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RY

box office: 0131 653 5599 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets £14.50 (£13 concession / £9 children)

£38 family (2 adults and 2 children)

Ticket price includes a drink and popcorn

Open air production, dress warmly. Bring a picnic and your own seating.

No wet weather provision

 

*** AUGUST 2017 ***

 

Tues 1st 7pm Fife

Kellie Castle & Garden, Pittenweem, Fife, KY10 2RF

box office: 0844 493 2184 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets Adults 16+ £12 / Children 10-15years £8

Outdoor production. Please bring your own seating. Grounds open for picnics at 6.00pm

 

Weds 2nd 7pm Ellon 

Pitmedden Garden (NTS), Ellon, Aberdeenshire. AB41 7PD

box office: 01651 842 352 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets £14 (£7 children)

Open air production, dress warmly. Bring a picnic and your own seating

 

Thurs 3rd 7pm Kinross

RSPB Loch Leven, Kinross, KY13 9LX

box office: 01577 862355 or online here

tickets Adult  £13.50 / Child  £8

Family ticket (2 adults / up to 3 children): £38

Open air performance, no wet weather provision.  Dress warmly, and bring 

your own blankets, chairs and picnic. Gates open from 6.00pm 

Please note that the audience area is on a grassy slope

 

Fri 4th 7pm Angus

House of Dun (NTS),  Montrose, DD10 9LQ

box office: 0844 493 2144 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets £12.50 in advance, £15 on the night (£4 children)

Open air production, dress warmly. Bring a picnic and your own seating

 

Sat 5th 7pm Cupar

Falkland Palace, High Street, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BU

box office: 0844 493 2186 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets £13, £11 concessions

Open air production, dress warmly. Bring a picnic and your own rugs or low back chairs

 

Sun 6th 3pm Nottingham

Langar Hall, Langar, Notts. NG13 9HG

box office: 01949 860559

tickets £15, £12.50 concessions, £9 children under 16

Open air production (indoor venue if wet).  Please bring your own seating. 

Open from 1.00pm for picnics

 

Weds 9th 7pm Castle Hill

Filleigh Nr South Molton EX32 0RH

box office: 01805 624624 or www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

tickets £13, £11 concessions

£9 Plough Supporters/Families with children under 18

Open air production (indoor venue if wet).  Please bring your own seating. 

Bring low-back seating/blankets and picnics if desired. Refreshments available. 

Free entry to the garden from 5pm

 

Thurs 10th 7.30pm Penzance

Penlee Park Theatre, Morrab Road,  TR18 4HE

box office: 01726 879500 or online here

or www.penleeparktheatre.com

tickets: early bird offer (before 1st June)

adult £14, concession £12, children £7, family ticket £37

tickets: after 1st June

adult £16, concession £14, children £8, family ticket £40

Come along and enjoy a Summer evening of live theatre for all the family

 in this beautiful setting, picnics welcome

 

Fri 11th & Sat 12th 7.30pm Isles of Scilly

Chaplaincy Gardens, St. Marys

box office: from TIC or online here

Enquiries: 01720 422641

tickets £13, concessions £11

Please bring picnics. Hot drinks available in the interval. If the weather is very 

inclement the performance will take place inside the Parish Church

 

Sun 13th 6.30pm Isles of Scilly

Tresco Abbey Gardens, Tresco, TR24 0QQ

box office: Tickets available on the door or available in The Estate Office

one week before the performance or online here

tickets £13, concessions £11

Please bring picnics and rugs. Refreshments available in the interval.

Performance shall continue regardless of weather conditions

 

Tues 15th 7.30pm Liskeard

Sterts Theatre Upton Cross, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 5AZ

box office: 01579 362382 or online at www.sterts.co.uk

tickets £14 adults, £12 concessions, £8 children

Seating provided, but please bring your own cushions/rugs and picnics

 

Weds 16th 7pm Exeter

Powderham Castle, Exeter, Devon. EX6 8JQ

box office: 01626 890243

tickets £14, concessions £12 in advance

£16, concessions £14.00 on the night

Open air performance in the castle courtyard. Grounds open at 6.00pm, bring your own seating and picnics. Performance shall continue regardless of the weather

 

Thurs 17th 7.30pm Narberth

Lampeter House, Lampeter Velfry, Nr Narberth, SA67 8TS

box office: 01834 869323 • www.span-arts.org.uk

tickets £12, concessions £10 in advance

£14, concessions £12 on the night

Children £6

Open air performance  Indoors if bad weather. Grounds open at 6.00pm

Please bring your own seating and a picnic

 

Fri 18th 7.30pm Monmouthshire

Raglan Castle, Raglan, NP15 2BT

box office: 01600 775257 or online here

Tickets available from the Shire Hall, Monmouth NP25 3DY

Tickets: £13.00 in advance, £15.00 on the door, Child £9.00

** In aid of the Wales Air Ambulance **

Doors open at 6.30pm. Open air production. Please bring your own seating

Picnics welcome. Tea, coffee & light refreshments available

We regret no refunds in the event of bad weather

 

Sat 19th 7.30pm Saffron Walden

Ickleton Village Hall, Frogge Street, Ickleton, Essex, CB10 1SH

box office: 01799 531916 or 07802 362528 or email: pam@cmws.co.uk

tickets £15, Students / Children £10

Doors open at 6.45pm. Indoor production. Licensed Bar for Beer & Pimms

 

Sun 20th 7pm Stratford upon Avon

Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BG

box office: 01726 879500 or online here

tickets £15, £11 students 18 & under

Call: 01789 201829 or email: Hospitality@shakespeare.org.uk to book your pre-theatre hamper or supper deal. Open-air performance. Please bring a picnic and own seating. 

Garden opens one hour before performance

 

Tues 22nd 7.30pm Worcester

Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcs, WR1 3EF

box office: 01905 611427 • www.worcesterlive.co.uk

tickets £18, £14.50 concession

 

Weds 23rd 7pm Witney

Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 3LA

box office: 01993 772602

tickets £14, Children under 16 £9.50

Open air performance. Please bring picnics and your own rugs or low back chairs

 

Thurs 24th 6.30pm Nympsfield

Woodchester Mansion, Nympsfield, Glos. GL10 3TS

box office: online here

Enquiries: 01453 861541

tickets £15

Outdoor performance. Gates open from 5.30pm for picnics. 

Please bring your own chairs, rugs and cushions

 

Fri 25th 7.30pm Glastonbury

Glastonbury Abbey, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9EL

box office: 01458 831631  e-mail: shop@glastonburyabbey.com

tickets £14, concessions £12 (over 60s & under 16s)

under 6s free

Open air performance. Theatre entry opens at 7.00pm. Bring your own seating and a picnic. In the event of bad weather the performance will continue

 

Sat 26th 7pm Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Bullers Way, Dorset, DT3 4LA

box office: 01305 871130

tickets £14, concessions £12.50

Open air performance. Grounds open at 6.30pm. Bring your own seating and a picnic

 

Sun 27th 3pm Taunton

Somerset – Private Invitation

 

Mon 28th 5pm Bideford

Hartland Abbey, Hartland, Devon, EX39 6DT

box office: 01805 624624 or online via www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

tickets £13, Concessions £11

£9 Plough Supporters / Families (with children under 18yrs)

Bring low-back seating/blankets and picnics if desired. High quality bar, tea, coffee

and Mr Crackling’s Gourmet Burgers available.  Free entry to the garden from 3pm

 

Tues 29th 7pm Winterbourne

Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne,

South Glos. BS36 1SE

box office: online here or directly from Daisy’s Coffee Shop

in Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne. Tel: 01454 771817

tickets £14, students/children £10

Please note that seating is unreserved. Free parking is available.

Gates will open at 5.30pm for picnics. Drinks available 

 

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TOUR DATES – Summer 2017

JUNE

Fri 16  – HIGHWORTH  with MIKE SILVER – United Reform Church, 

Highworth, Wiltshire SN6 7AQ     7.45pm  –  Tickets  01793 762070

 

Wed 28  – CIRENCESTER MUSIC SOCIETY  Talk: “My Life in Music”  7.30pm

at The Ashcroft Centre, Ashcroft Road  GL7 1RA.   Tickets £5 on the door or email cate.luck@yahoo.co.uk

JULY

Fri 14 –  Gloucester Classical Music Festival –  with Paul Burgess and local choirs

St Mary de Crypt Church, Southgate Street  7.30pm info email: sebfield82@gmail.com

 

I AM STILL TAKING BOOKINGS for the rest of 2017 and 2018

Do get in touch…  You may know of a potential venue or Village Hall? 

or even like to put on a house or celebration concert!

 

 

 

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LATEST NEWS – JUNE 2017

JOHNNY COPPIN NEWSLETTER  – JUNE  2017

P O Box 27, Stroud, Glos.  GL6 0YQ
tel no. 01453 885088
johnny@johnnycoppin.co.uk          www.johnnycoppin.co.uk

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“Unquestionably at the top of his game” – Acoustic magazine

What’s in this newsletter?

–  Latest News 

–  Summer Tour dates in Cornwall, Wiltshire, and Gloucestershire

–  Shakespeare tour dates – with my music – England, Scotland, Wales and Norway –         plus a 5 star review

–  Your feedback

–  Karen Tweed in The Secret North project 18-25 June

–  My BBC acoustic radio shows – available on listen again 

*LATEST NEWS

Really looking forward to 2 gigs coming up with Mike Silver 

 this Saturday 10th June at Boscastle in Cornwall 

and Friday 16th June at Highworth Church in Wiltshire –

So DO hope you can come along and support us!

The Festival Players summer tour of Shakespeare has been going down really well —  See 5 star review below — and do try and catch a date near you.

“the cast rollick and romp their way through this clever and clear adaptation with high energy and abundant talent.”

I’m still reeling from the terrible terror attacks in Manchester and London. My thoughts are with all the victims, their family and friends and everyone affected.

I’m really very sad to hear of the passing of the legendary Teeside folk singer Vin Garbutt this week – and sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Thanks so much for Rebekah Cunningham for inviting me to play for her birthday party Celebration in Bath.

Thanks to everyone who came to the Acoustic Session at Poynton  – It was a wonderful audience and a big thank you to John Stirling and Les Renshaw for support and hosting the event.

Then Paul Burgess and I really enjoyed our first gig for a while – at Nature in Art at Twigworth last Saturday – celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their annual exhibition – so thanks to organiser Simon Trapnell,  and to all who came along…(after the show, Debbie asked me to dedicate a track on my radio show, to her brother-in-law in Poland – but please could you let me know your surname? )

Recent gigs I’ve loved have been The Ballina Whalers (with Sam Brookes), and album launches by Emily Barker, and by Hattie Briggs.

Also been enjoying some recent live sessions and interviews on Vintage TV (Freeview 82- also online etc..)  A Jackson Browne interview will be repeated this Sunday at 10pm etc..And very early on Friday morning there’s Cara Dillon at 3am  – David Gray at 4am and Joan Armatrading at 5am –  Info at vintage.tv – so set your recorders!

*SUMMER TOUR DATES 2017

JUNE

Sat 10  –  BOSCASTLE  with MIKE SILVER and guest Jo Partridge (guitar)

Village Hall, Boscastle, North Cornwall 8pm – Tickets from 07886 813343  or email  mikesilver45@gmail.com

Fri 16  – HIGHWORTH  with MIKE SILVER – United Reform Church, Highworth, Wiltshire SN6 7AQ     Doors  7.45pm  –  Tickets  01793 762070

Sun 11 –  Paul Burgess has a rare solo gig with his fiddle, songs and stories – at Cheltenham Folk Club, Sandford Park Alehouse, High Street 8pm  01242 571185

Wed 28  – CIRENCESTER MUSIC SOCIETY  Talk: “My Life in Music”  7.30pm at The Ashcroft Centre, Ashcroft Road  GL7 1RA.   Tickets on the door

JULY

Fri 14 –  Gloucester Classical Music Festival –  with Paul Burgess and local choirs – St Mary de Crypt Church, Southgate Street  7.30pm info email: sebfield82@gmail.com

I AM STILL TAKING BOOKINGS for the rest of 2017 and 2018

Do get in touch…  You may know of a potential venue or Village Hall? 

or even like to put on a house or celebration concert!

 

KAREN TWEED is part of The Secret North project   18TH – 25TH JUNE

THE SECRET NORTH brings together six world-class musicians from Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia in a cross-cultural celebration of new music that bridges the divide between folk and classical, the traditional and the avant-garde by combining ancient instruments with new composition.

As musical collaborations go, this promises to be an extraordinary musical interchange. Individually, each member has carved out a reputation for not just mastering their chosen fields, but rising above, redefining and renewing the musical world they come from. In The Secret North they come together to premiere six new compositions, written by each musician specifically for the ensemble, resulting in a concert of ear-opening new music, grounded in tradition, but shot through with the adrenaline of contemporary influences. This is music that is both ancient and utterly new.
For more information see
http://www.thesecretnorth.com/gigs

YOUR FEEDBACK

“It was lovely to see you perform on Friday (at Poynton). We all really love your music 🎶  Hope to see you again before too long    All the best” – L.D in Cheshire x

“Just wanted to say thank you for the brilliant concert last Friday at Poynton” – R.L in Salford

“Enjoyed gig at Nature in Art last night (last time we saw you was about 25 years ago!)”.  D & S. T in Glos.

“I really enjoyed the play and thought all the players and the music were superb” – K.G in Stroud

“Thanks for the great night at Tetbury (Merry Wives of Windsor)-  we all enjoyed it immensely- how do they memorise and get all those words right, particularly Shakespeare and playing multiple roles?” – J.M in Glos.

THE FESTIVAL PLAYERS THEATRE COMPANY

“MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR” 

By William Shakespeare – 2017 summer tour

Directed by Michael Dyer

With music written and directed by Johnny Coppin (the actors play and sing all the music- not me!)

A talented team of professional actors in a colourful comedy; an all-male, fast-paced, costumed production. Most performances are open-air, so bring low-backed seating, rugs and warm, rainproof clothing.

***** Five Star Review of  The Merry Wives of Windsor

“Merry Wives an absolute tonic”  by Avril Silk for remotegoat.com on 04/06/17

Tonight’s all-male performance by the Festival Players of ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ at Somerset’s gorgeous Cothay Manor, happened near the start of an impressive summer tour of the UK and Europe. This means there are many, many chances to catch this splendid production between now and the end of August, and I highly recommend you check if they are coming your way. Director Michael Dyer has assembled an almost entirely new cast of young actors, who rollick and romp their way through this clever and clear adaptation with high energy and abundant talent.

I shamelessly eavesdropped on fellow audience members as they left. ‘Blissfully vulgar,’ said one friend. Someone else said, ‘Better than Stratford’. Another spoke of being close to tears at the end; when I asked if they were tears of laughter she said that she was sad the play was coming to its close because she was enjoying it so much and wanted it to keep going. Another commented that she heard every word – yet again Voice Consultant Trish Knight-Webb worked her magic, as has been the case with every one of the nine Festival Players production I have seen.

I’ve never seen ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ so had no idea what to expect. When I read the programme notes I thought I would be confused by the convolutions of the plot, but there was no confusion – only pleasure at the wit and warmth of the performance. Samuel Griffiths and William Ross-Fawcett imbue the merry wives with infectious fun as they plot to lead Sir John Falstaff on a merry dance in retaliation for his attempts to woo them in order to get his hands on their husbands’ money. The audience loved their ability to run rings round Falstaff and their hapless husbands.

Two years ago I was impressed with Mark Sprigg’s Falstaff in ‘Henry IV’ so knew we were in for a treat when the actor reprised the role. Mark plays the old rogue, lecherous and cash-strapped, with affection and compassion. His programme notes offer an interesting insight into Falstaff’s big and open heart.

The merry wives’ husbands are an effective exercise in contrast. Stephen Horncastle’s likeable George Page is affable and confident, exuding bonhomie. Paul Valentine’s Frank Ford, however, is consumed by jealousy, almost apoplectic at the thought of being cuckolded. Comedy gold.

Apart from Falstaff, all the actors played several roles, each character beautifully delineated. Connor Reed plays Anne Page with sweetness and quiet charm, as well as being Falstaff’s page, Robin and the eccentric Welsh parson, Hugh Evans. I enjoyed Anne’s ardent suitor, Fenton (William Ross-Fawcett, who also played Pistol), Stephen Horncastle’s outrageous Mistress Quickly, Samuel Griffith’s unctuous Judge Shallow, and Paul Valentine’s utterly gormless Abraham Slender.

Johnny Coppin’s music, at times robust and at others tender, enhances the action, demonstrating the versatility of the actors, and Frances Holt’s costumes enable the frequent quick changes without compromising authenticity.

If you’re looking for an antidote to the political shenanigans that seem intent on rocking our foundations and ensuring that almost half of the country experiences profound disappointment, then I suggest a hefty dose of medicinal compound, served with wit and relish by ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor.’

 

TOUR DATES

*** JUNE 2017 ***

Weds 7th 7pm Highcliffe

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4LE

box office: 01425 278807 or online here

tickets £13.50 / £11.50 Student U16’s & Season Ticket Holders

Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £44

Advanced tickets: £1 reduction per person

Open air performance. Seating area open from 6.30pm

Please bring picnics and your own rugs or low back chairs

 

Thurs 8th 7pm Gloucester

The New Inn, Northgate Street, Glos, GL1 1SF

box office: 01452 522177 or online here

tickets £15 / students £11

 

Fri 9th 7.30pm Bristol

Claverham Village Hall, Bishops Road, Claverham. BS49 4NF

box office: 01934 876581 or www.claverhamvillagehall.co.uk 

Adults £15 / Children concessions (under 16) £10

Family ticket £40 (2 adults & 2 children)

Gates open at 6.00pm for picnics. Licensed Bar Available

In the event of bad weather indoor facilities will be provided at the village hall

 

Sat 10th 7.30pm Clifton, Bristol

Cornwallis Crescent Gardens (west), Polygon Labe Gate, Bristol, BS8 4PL

box office: 07779 713002 or email: shakespeareinthegarden@gmail.com

Adults £15 / Children concessions (under 16) £10

£15 (£9 children)

Open air production.  Please bring your own seating.  Grounds open 6pm for picnics

 

Sun 11th 7.30pm St. Neots

Buckden Towers, High Street, Buckden, Cambs, PE19 5TA

box office: 01480 810344

tickets £15 / concessions £12

Open air performance. Please bring picnics and your own rugs. Seating provided

 

Weds 14th 7pm Stroud

The Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Glos. GL5 4AF

box office: 01453 760900 or online here enquiries: 01453 763394

tickets £15 / concessions amd children 5 – 17 years £13.50

Free for children under 5 years

Grounds open from 6pm for picnics/teas/coffees. Pimms Bar available.

Please bring low back chairs and rugs. Disabled parking available outside the museum.

 

Thurs 15th 7.30pm Notts

Holme Pierrepont Hall, Notts. NG12 2LD

box office: 08444 77 5678 or online here

Enquiries: 0115 933 2371

tickets £15 adults / £10 children (under 16)

In the event of bad weather the performance will continue inside. Please bring a picnic and your own seating. Garden opens one hour before performance

 

Fri 16th 7.30pm Brighton

Brighton Open Air Theatre, Park Dyke Road, Hove, BN3 6EH

box office: www.brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk

tickets £14, £12 concessions

Open air performance. Gates open at 6.00pm Bring your own picnic and picnic blanket

 

Sat 17th 4.30pm Gerrards Cross

Oaks Hallow, 52 Orchehill Ave Bucks, SL9 8QL

box office:01753 880541  email: webber_rl@sky.com

 

Sun 18th 2.30pm Bristol

Gate Farmhouse, Itchington, Alveston, Bristol, BS35 3TA

box office: 01454 413318 or online here

tickets £15 (£9.50 children under 15)

Open air performance.  Bring your own rugs and chairs. Gates open at noon for picnics

 

Weds 21st 7pm Stroud

Horsfall House, Windmill Road, Minchinhampton. GL6 9EY

box office: 01453 73122 or online here

£14.50 adults, £13 concessions

Open air production Please bring your own seating and picnics.

Gates open at 6.00pm.  In the event of bad weather the performance will

continue inside Minchinhampton Market House

 

Thurs 22nd 7.30pm Cheltenham

Glenfall House, Mill Lane, Charlton Kings, Glos, GL54 4EP

box office: 01242 323889 • http://www.glenfallhouse.co.uk

tickets £16 (£14.50 concessions)

Open air performance . Gardens open at 6.00pm. Please bring your own low-backed seating and a picnic. Fully Licensed bar is available. In the event of adverse weather,

this performance will continue indoors.

 

Fri 23rd 7.30pm Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury Abbey, Park Walk, Dorset SP7 8JR

box office: 01747 852910 or Shaftesbury & Gillingham 01747 853514

tickets £15 (FOSA £13, under 16 £10)

Open air performance (Town Hall if wet weather). Garden opens at 6.00pm.

Bring your own low-backed seating and a picnic

 

Sat 24th 7.30pm Isle of White

Ventnor Botanic Garden, Isle of Wight, PO38 1UL

box office: tickets available at the gift shop

online via www.botanic.co.uk or e-mail events@botanic.co.uk

Enquiries Tel: 01983 855397

tickets £14.00 adults / £12.00 concessions (over 65)

6 to 16 years £8.00 under 6s Free

Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £38.00

Open-air performance, bring your own seating or rugs. Garden opens

one hour before performance. BBQ and Bar available from 6.30pm

 

Sun 25th 2.30pm Beaminster

The Mill House, Crook Hill, Netherbury, Dorset, DT6 5LX

box office: 01308 862943 or boxoffice@beaminsterfestival.com

tickets £15

Open air production please bring your own seating / rugs. Ground open from 

12 noon for picnics. Tea and cakes available

 

Tues 27th British Berlin School

Private Invitation

 

Fri 30th 7.30pm Droitwich

Himbleton Parish Hall, Church Lane, Himbleton, WR9 7LG

box office: 01905 391143 or 01905 391662

tickets £10

Ticket price includes a glass of wine or soft drink. Doors open at 6.45pm. 

Picnics welcome. Light refreshments available 

 

*** JULY 2017 ***

 

Sat 1st 7.30pm Chipping Norton

Oxon – Private Invitation

 

Sun 2nd 5pm Basingstoke

Bartons Mill, Bartons Lane, Basingstoke, RG24 8AE

box office: 01256 331153 or email bartonsmill@wadworth.uk

tickets  £14 / under 18s £9

BBQ before & after performance, Champagne bar. Fully seated. Open air production

 

Fri 7th 7.30pm Newport

Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre, Broadway (Off High Street),

Caerleon. NP18 1AY   

box office: Caerleon Post Office 31a, High Street, Caerleon, NP18 1AE

Tel: 0345 6112970

tickets £15 Adults £12 Concessions

(Students, children 16 years and under, 65 years and over)

Family Ticket £44 (2 adults & 2 children)

Gates open 6.30pm. Picnics welcome. Open air performance.

Please bring your own seats/rugs 

 

Sat 8th 7pm Shepton Mallet

Speeds Farm, Lamyatt, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6NH

box office: 01749 812031

tickets Adult £16 (after 6th July £20.00), Children 15 and under £5

Open air performance. Please bring picnics and your own rugs or low back chairs

 

Sun 9th 3pm London

The Rookery, Streatham Common South, SW16 3BX

box office: 020 8764 8656 or online here

tickets £13.50, Concessions £11.50, Under 16s £6

Open air performance. Bring your own seating and a picnic

 

Mon 10th 7.30pm Croydon

The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR

box office: 0208 686 6023

tickets £7.50

 

Fri 14th 7.30pm Norway

Baroniet Rosendal, Baroniv 60, 5470 Rosendal. Norway

box office: + 47 53 48 29 99 or www.baroniet.no

tickets NOK 100 – 350

 

Sat 15th 1.30pm and 9pm Norway

Baroniet Rosendal, Baroniv 60, 5470 Rosendal. Norway

box office: + 47 53 48 29 99 or www.baroniet.no

tickets NOK 100 – 350

 

Tues 18th 8pm Edenbridge

Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG 

box office: 01732 866114 or www.heverfestival.co.uk

Gates open from 6.30pm for picnics, or refreshments available at the Guthrie Pavilion. Reserved seating provided, most of which is covered . Tickets are non-refundable

 

Thurs 20th 7.30pm Leicester

Jewry Wall Museum, St. Nicholas Circle, Leicester. LE1 4LB

box office: 0116 253 2569 also available from the Guildhall Museum

tickets £13.50, £12 concessions

Open air performance.  Please bring your own seating.  

Grounds open for picnics at 6.30pm. Refreshments available

 

Fri 21st 7.30pm Carnforth

Leighton Hall, Lancs. LA5 9ST

box office: 01524 734474 or online here

tickets £16 (children £11)

Open air.  Please bring your own seating.  Grounds open for picnics at 6.00pm

 

Sat 22nd 6pm Liverpool

Crosby Hall, Little Crosby, L23 4UA

box office: 0151 924 9099 or online here

tickets £12.50 (under 16s £8)

Open air performance. Please bring a picnic and your own rugs or low back chairs. Gardens open one hour before performance

 

Sun 23rd 4.30 pm Bawdeswell

Bawdeswell Church, The Street, Norfolk NR20 4RT

box office: 01362 688499

tickets £12.50 in advance / £15 on the door

Performance to be held in front of church weather permitting.

Please bring your own chairs and picnics . Please arrive from 4pm to get seated and settled.  In the event of bad weather the performance will be held inside the church. Sponsored by www.Quotatis.co.uk 

 

Mon 24th 7pm Ingatestone

Ingatestone Hall, Hall Lane, Essex, CM4 9NR

box office: 01277 353010 or online here

tickets £15 Adult, £13 Concessions (under 16s and over 60s)

Open air performance. Grounds open at 6pm

 

Tues 25th & Weds 26th 2pm Worcester

3 Choirs Festival, West End Garden, College Green,

Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA.

box office: 01452 768928 or www.3choirs.org

tickets £17, under 16s £10

Open air performance. Refreshments are available from the nearby

Festival Marquee or bring your own snacks. In the event of adverse weather,

this performance will move to the King’s School Theatre

 

Fri 28th 7.30pm Ulverston

Ford Park, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7JP

box office: 01229 580666 email info@ford-park.org.uk

tickets £13, Concessions £11

Students/Children £8, Families (2 Adults + 2 Children) £36

10% discount for parties of 10 or more

Open air performance. Grounds open at 6.30pm. Bring your own seating and a picnic.

Hot/cold drinks and refreshments available 

 

Sat 29th 3pm Cockermouth

Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria. CA13 9SH

box office: 01768 776276

tickets £13.50 (school children £10)

Bring a chair, enjoy real, live costumed professional actors frolicking! 

Shakespeare in the open air (whatever the summer weather) makes a fantastic spectacle 

Hey nonnie, nonnie!  Open 1.30pm for picnics

 

Sun 30th 7pm Musselburgh

Newhailes (NTS), Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RY

box office: 0844 493 2125 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets £14.50 (£13 concession / £9 children)

£38 family (2 adults and 2 children)

Ticket price includes a drink and popcorn

Open air production, dress warmly. Bring a picnic and your own seating.

No wet weather provision

 

*** AUGUST 2017 ***

 

Tues 1st 7pm Fife

Kellie Castle & Garden, Pittenweem, Fife, KY10 2RF

box office: 0844 493 2184 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets Adults 16+ £12 / Children 10-15years £8

Outdoor production. Please bring your own seating. Grounds open for picnics at 6.00pm

 

Weds 2nd 7pm Ellon 

Pitmedden Garden (NTS), Ellon, Aberdeenshire. AB41 7PD

box office: 01651 842 352 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets £14 (£7 children)

Open air production, dress warmly. Bring a picnic and your own seating

 

Thurs 3rd 7pm Kinross

RSPB Loch Leven, Kinross, KY13 9LX

box office: 01577 862355 or online here

tickets Adult  £13.50 / Child  £8

Family ticket (2 adults / up to 3 children): £38

Open air performance, no wet weather provision.  Dress warmly, and bring 

your own blankets, chairs and picnic. Gates open from 6.00pm 

Please note that the audience area is on a grassy slope

 

Fri 4th 7pm Angus

House of Dun (NTS),  Montrose, DD10 9LQ

box office: 0844 493 2144 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets £12.50 in advance, £15 on the night (£4 children)

Open air production, dress warmly. Bring a picnic and your own seating

 

Sat 5th 7pm Cupar

Falkland Palace, High Street, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BU

box office: 0844 493 2186 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets £13, £11 concessions

Open air production, dress warmly. Bring a picnic and your own rugs or low back chairs

 

Sun 6th 3pm Nottingham

Langar Hall, Langar, Notts. NG13 9HG

box office: 01949 860559

tickets £15, £12.50 concessions, £9 children under 16

Open air production (indoor venue if wet).  Please bring your own seating. 

Open from 1.00pm for picnics

 

Weds 9th 7pm Castle Hill

Filleigh Nr South Molton EX32 0RH

box office: 01805 624624 or www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

tickets £13, £11 concessions

£9 Plough Supporters/Families with children under 18

Open air production (indoor venue if wet).  Please bring your own seating. 

Bring low-back seating/blankets and picnics if desired. Refreshments available. 

Free entry to the garden from 5pm

 

Thurs 10th 7.30pm Penzance

Penlee Park Theatre, Morrab Road,  TR18 4HE

box office: 01726 879500 or online here

or www.penleeparktheatre.com

tickets: early bird offer (before 1st June)

adult £14, concession £12, children £7, family ticket £37

tickets: after 1st June

adult £16, concession £14, children £8, family ticket £40

Come along and enjoy a Summer evening of live theatre for all the family

 in this beautiful setting, picnics welcome

 

Fri 11th & Sat 12th 7.30pm Isles of Scilly

Chaplaincy Gardens, St. Marys

box office: from TIC or online here

Enquiries: 01720 422641

tickets £13, concessions £11

Please bring picnics. Hot drinks available in the interval. If the weather is very 

inclement the performance will take place inside the Parish Church

 

Sun 13th 6.30pm Isles of Scilly

Tresco Abbey Gardens, Tresco, TR24 0QQ

box office: Tickets available on the door or available in The Estate Office

one week before the performance or online here

tickets £13, concessions £11

Please bring picnics and rugs. Refreshments available in the interval.

Performance shall continue regardless of weather conditions

 

Tues 15th 7.30pm Liskeard

Sterts Theatre Upton Cross, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 5AZ

box office: 01579 362382 or online at www.sterts.co.uk

tickets £14 adults, £12 concessions, £8 children

Seating provided, but please bring your own cushions/rugs and picnics

 

Weds 16th 7pm Exeter

Powderham Castle, Exeter, Devon. EX6 8JQ

box office: 01626 890243

tickets £14, concessions £12 in advance

£16, concessions £14.00 on the night

Open air performance in the castle courtyard. Grounds open at 6.00pm, bring your own seating and picnics. Performance shall continue regardless of the weather

 

Thurs 17th 7.30pm Narberth

Lampeter House, Lampeter Velfry, Nr Narberth, SA67 8TS

box office: 01834 869323 • www.span-arts.org.uk

tickets £12, concessions £10 in advance

£14, concessions £12 on the night

Children £6

Open air performance  Indoors if bad weather. Grounds open at 6.00pm

Please bring your own seating and a picnic

 

Fri 18th 7.30pm Monmouthshire

Raglan Castle, Raglan, NP15 2BT

box office: 01600 775257 or online here

Tickets available from the Shire Hall, Monmouth NP25 3DY

Tickets: £13.00 in advance, £15.00 on the door, Child £9.00

** In aid of the Wales Air Ambulance **

Doors open at 6.30pm. Open air production. Please bring your own seating

Picnics welcome. Tea, coffee & light refreshments available

We regret no refunds in the event of bad weather

 

Sat 19th 7.30pm Saffron Walden

Ickleton Village Hall, Frogge Street, Ickleton, Essex, CB10 1SH

box office: 01799 531916 or 07802 362528 or email: pam@cmws.co.uk

tickets £15, Students / Children £10

Doors open at 6.45pm. Indoor production. Licensed Bar for Beer & Pimms

 

Sun 20th 7pm Stratford upon Avon

Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BG

box office: 01726 879500 or online here

tickets £15, £11 students 18 & under

Call: 01789 201829 or email: Hospitality@shakespeare.org.uk to book your pre-theatre hamper or supper deal. Open-air performance. Please bring a picnic and own seating. 

Garden opens one hour before performance

 

Tues 22nd 7.30pm Worcester

Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcs, WR1 3EF

box office: 01905 611427 • www.worcesterlive.co.uk

tickets £18, £14.50 concession

 

Weds 23rd 7pm Witney

Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 3LA

box office: 01993 772602

tickets £14, Children under 16 £9.50

Open air performance. Please bring picnics and your own rugs or low back chairs

 

Thurs 24th 6.30pm Nympsfield

Woodchester Mansion, Nympsfield, Glos. GL10 3TS

box office: online here

Enquiries: 01453 861541

tickets £15

Outdoor performance. Gates open from 5.30pm for picnics. 

Please bring your own chairs, rugs and cushions

 

Fri 25th 7.30pm Glastonbury

Glastonbury Abbey, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9EL

box office: 01458 831631  e-mail: shop@glastonburyabbey.com

tickets £14, concessions £12 (over 60s & under 16s)

under 6s free

Open air performance. Theatre entry opens at 7.00pm. Bring your own seating and a picnic. In the event of bad weather the performance will continue

 

Sat 26th 7pm Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Bullers Way, Dorset, DT3 4LA

box office: 01305 871130

tickets £14, concessions £12.50

Open air performance. Grounds open at 6.30pm. Bring your own seating and a picnic

 

Sun 27th 3pm Taunton

Somerset – Private Invitation

 

Mon 28th 5pm Bideford

Hartland Abbey, Hartland, Devon, EX39 6DT

box office: 01805 624624 or online via www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

tickets £13, Concessions £11

£9 Plough Supporters / Families (with children under 18yrs)

Bring low-back seating/blankets and picnics if desired. High quality bar, tea, coffee

and Mr Crackling’s Gourmet Burgers available.  Free entry to the garden from 3pm

 

Tues 29th 7pm Winterbourne

Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne,

South Glos. BS36 1SE

box office: online here or directly from Daisy’s Coffee Shop

in Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne. Tel: 01454 771817

tickets £14, students/children £10

Please note that seating is unreserved. Free parking is available.

Gates will open at 5.30pm for picnics. Drinks available 

*My BBC ACOUSTIC RADIO SHOW – is every Saturday from 5.30pm on BBC  Radio Gloucestershire  playing acoustic music on FM, AM, DAB, Freeview 735, Listen Live online and listen again for up to 30 days!!!  on http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiogloucestershire

SCHEDULE – JOHNNY COPPIN SHOWS available on listen again- with playlists and gig guides

Still available to listen again are:-

Sat 13 May special guest is singer/songwriter Emily Barker talking about her new album recorded at Sam Phillips’s studio in Memphis!  There’s new tracks from CalanIndia Electric Company, Ross Couper & Tom Oakes As well as music from Kate Rusby, Flats and Sharps, and Colin Pitts

Sat 20 May  special guest is singer/songwriter Lisbee Stainton talking about her new album. There’s new tracks from Skipinnish, Cormac BegleyMIranda Sykes, Daniel & Emma Reid As well as music from Moya Brennan – the voice if Clannad, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, and Bristol shanty group The Longest Johns – ahead of the Tall Ships and Gloucester Shanty Festival

Sat 27 May The special guest is the folk duo Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith in session with songs from their latest album. There’s new tracks from John Smith, Hattie Briggs, Dempsey Broughton, Debra Hannis, and Elephant Sessions as well as music from Fairport Convention, Steve Ashley, and The East Pointers

Sat 3 June new tracks from Skipinnish, Tim O’Brien, Jim Causley, Thea Gilmore, Yvonne Lyon, Jamie Francis, Harbottle & Jonas, Tim Grimm, and Canny Fettle Plus music from Dan McKinnon, and Moore Moss and Rutter

Thank you so much as ever for your continued support – 

Really hope to see you somewhere soon.


With kind regards,
Johnny

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LATEST NEWS – MAY 2017

JOHNNY COPPIN NEWSLETTER  – MAY  2017

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“Unquestionably at the top of his game” – Acoustic magazine

What’s in this newsletter?

–  Latest News 

–  Spring Tour dates in Cheshire, Cornwall, Wiltshire, and Gloucestershire

–  Shakespeare tour of England, Scotland, Wales, Belgium, Netherlands, + Norway

–  My BBC acoustic radio shows – available on listen again 

*LATEST NEWS

Hope you are well.

Coming up there are dates at Poynton in Cheshire, Nature in Art near Gloucester with Paul Burgess

And two more concerts with Mike Silver – at Boscastle, in Cornwall, and Highworth Church near Swindon. Date and venue details are below.

Also The Festival Players Theatre Company have just started their summer tour of The Merry Wives of Windsor – with my music in England, Scotland, Wales, Belgium, Netherlands, and Norway. All the tour details are below – Hope you can see a performance somewhere near you!

I would still like a few more concerts/gigs from September onwards – though the Christmas Tour 2017 almost full. – so, if you know of a venue, or perhaps you would like to put on an event (public or private)  – do let me know.

OTHER NEWS….

Thanks for coming to the concert I did with acclaimed Gloucestershire band Harper’s Ferry

At the Kitchen Garden Café, in Birmingham late in April,  and  Folk on the Pier Festival at Cromer with Mike Silver – in the wonderful theatre ate the end of the pier.  Really enjoyed both gigs very much.

So pleased that our local team Forest Green Rovers won the National League play-off final at Wembley- and will be playing in the Football League Div 2 next season!

Have seen three excellent CD launch gigs this past week…

Americana trio Iron & Oak at Under The Edge Arts in Wotton under Edge

And last Thursday and Friday in Stroud – Emily Barker and band in The Goods Shed,

and Hattie Briggs plus The Black Feathers in the vintage shop Duffle.

*SPRING TOUR DATES 2017

MAY

Sat 20 Private event in Bath

Fri 26  POYNTON – “Acoustic Sessions at the Centre, Poynton”  –

Community Centre, Poynton, Cheshire. Doors 7.45pm Tickets 07766 10 30 57.

JUNE

Sat 3   GLOUCESTER – “ Songs of Gloucestershire and Beyond” 

NATURE IN ART, Twigworth  with PAUL BURGESS  

Doors 7pm       Tickets  01452 –731422    natureinart.org.uk

Sat 10  BOSCASTLE  with MIKE SILVER and guest Jo Partridge (guitar)

Village Hall, Boscastle, North Cornwall 8pm

Tickets from 07886 813343  or email  mikesilver45@gmail.com

Fri 16 June – SWINDON – with MIKE SILVER – United Reform Church, HIGHWORTH

Doors  7.45pm  –  Tickets  01793 762070

 

I AM TAKING BOOKINGS FOR rest of 2017 and 2018

Do get in touch…  You may know of a potential venue or Village Hall? 

or even like to put on a house or celebration concert!

 

THE FESTIVAL PLAYERS THEATRE COMPANY

“MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR” 2017 tour

Directed by Michael Dyer

With music by Johnny Coppin

A talented team of professional actors in a colourful comedy; 

an all-male, fast-paced, costumed production.

Most performances are open-air, so bring low-backed seating, rugs and warm, rainproof clothing.

*** MAY 2017 ***

 

Sat 13th 7pm Dormston

Kington & Dormston Village Hall, Cockshot Lane,

Dormston, Worcs. WR7 4LE

box office: 01386 792 400 or 01905 381 702

tickets £10

Ticket price includes a glass of wine

 

Sat 20th 2pm East Grinstead

PRIVATE INVITATION

 

Sun 21st 2.45pm East Dean

The Village Hall, East Dean, East Sussex, BN21 1JA

box office: 01323 841414, online here or www.spyboy.co.uk

tickets £16.50, £13.50 seniors/juniors

Doors open at 7.00pm Seating provided

 

Mon 22nd 8pm Belgium

Domein de Renesse, Lierselei 30,  B-2390, Malle

box office: 03 311 55 91

tickets 20 euro / 10 euro tot 18 jaar

Secretariaat Domein de Renesse Lierselei 30 B-2390 Malle (Oostmalle),

open van maandag tot vrijdag van 10 tot 12 en van 14 tot 16 u, behalve donderdagnamiddag

 

Tues 23rd 7.30pm Netherlands

Muiderslot, Herengracht 1, 1398 AA, Muiden 

box office: www.muiderslot.nl

tickets Adults 25 Euros, Children (kinderen tot 15 jaar) 18 Euros

 

Thurs 25th & Fri 26th 7.30pm Netherlands

Kasteel Doorwerth, Fonteinallee 2, 6865ND, Doorwerth

box office: 0031 26 339 7406, email: doorwerth@glk.nl, or www.glk.nl

tickets Adults 25 Euros, Children (kinderen tot 15 jaar) 18 Euros

 

Sun 28th 7pm Whittington

Whittington Castle, Castle Street, Whittington, Shropshire. SY11 4DF

box office: 01691 662500 or email: info@whittingtoncastle.co.uk

tickets Pre-booked: Adults £14 / concessions £12

On night: Adults £16 / concessions £14

Open air performance. Please bring own seating.  Grounds open for picnics from 6pm onwards.  Refreshments available on site

 

Mon 29th 5pm West Bromwich

Manor House Museum, Hall Green Road, West Bromwich, B71 2EA

box office: 0121 588 2985 or online here

tickets In advance £12 adults / £10 concessions

On the day £14 adults / £12 concessions

Open air production (indoor venue if wet)  Please bring your own seating  

 

*** JUNE 2017 ***

 

Sat 3rd 7pm Wellington

Cothay Manor, Greenham, Somerset, TA21 0JR

box office: 01823 672283 or email: cothaymanor@btinternet.com

or online here  tickets £15

Outdoor performance. Entry from 6.00pm. 

Please bring your own cushions/rugs and picnics

 

Sun 4th 5.30pm Tetbury

Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre, Cirencester Road, Tetbury GL8 8EY

box office: Tickets Available from www.shed-arts.co.uk

and from Tetbury Tourist Office

tickets £14.00 (£10.00 for under-18s)

Doors open 5pm. This is a seated indoor production. Refreshments will be

available from the Goods Shed Café.  You are also very welcome to bring

your own picnic to enjoy beforehand on the neighbouring

Millennium Green or Rail-lands picnic area

Parking at the Long Stay Car park, Cirencester Road

located next to the Royal Oak pub.

 

Tues 6th 7.30pm Frampton on Severn

The Manor, Frampton Court Estate, Glos. GL2 7EP

box office: 01452 740698

tickets £15, £10, children under 16, £2 off for villagers

Open air production.  Please bring your own seating. 

Grounds open from 6.30pm for picnics

 

Weds 7th 7pm Highcliffe

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4LE

box office: 01425 278807 or online here

tickets £13.50 / £11.50 Student U16’s & Season Ticket Holders

Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £44

Advanced tickets: £1 reduction per person

Open air performance. Seating area open from 6.30pm

Please bring picnics and your own rugs or low back chairs

 

Thurs 8th 7pm Gloucester

The New Inn, Northgate Street, Glos, GL1 1SF

box office: 01452 522177 or online here

tickets £15 / students £11

 

Fri 9th 7.30pm Bristol

Claverham Village Hall, Bishops Road, Claverham. BS49 4NF

box office: 01934 876581 or www.claverhamvillagehall.co.uk 

Adults £15 / Children concessions (under 16) £10

Family ticket £40 (2 adults & 2 children)

Gates open at 6.00pm for picnics. Licensed Bar Available

In the event of bad weather indoor facilities will be provided at the village hall

 

Sat 10th 7.30pm Clifton, Bristol

Cornwallis Crescent Gardens (west), Polygon Labe Gate, Bristol, BS8 4PL

box office: 07779 713002 or email: shakespeareinthegarden@gmail.com

Adults £15 / Children concessions (under 16) £10

£15 (£9 children)

Open air production.  Please bring your own seating.  Grounds open 6pm for picnics

 

Sun 11th 7.30pm St. Neots

Buckden Towers, High Street, Buckden, Cambs, PE19 5TA

box office: 01480 810344

tickets £15 / concessions £12

Open air performance. Please bring picnics and your own rugs. Seating provided

 

Weds 14th 7pm Stroud

The Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Glos. GL5 4AF

box office: 01453 760900 or online here enquiries: 01453 763394

tickets £15 / concessions amd children 5 – 17 years £13.50

Free for children under 5 years

Grounds open from 6pm for picnics/teas/coffees. Pimms Bar available.

Please bring low back chairs and rugs. Disabled parking available outside the museum.

 

Thurs 15th 7.30pm Notts

Holme Pierrepont Hall, Notts. NG12 2LD

box office: 08444 77 5678 or online here

Enquiries: 0115 933 2371

tickets £15 adults / £10 children (under 16)

In the event of bad weather the performance will continue inside. Please bring a picnic and your own seating. Garden opens one hour before performance

 

Fri 16th 7.30pm Brighton

Brighton Open Air Theatre, Park Dyke Road, Hove, BN3 6EH

box office: www.brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk

tickets £14, £12 concessions

Open air performance. Gates open at 6.00pm Bring your own picnic and picnic blanket

 

Sat 17th 4.30pm Gerrards Cross

Oaks Hallow, 52 Orchehill Ave Bucks, SL9 8QL

box office:01753 880541  email: webber_rl@sky.com

 

Sun 18th 2.30pm Bristol

Gate Farmhouse, Itchington, Alveston, Bristol, BS35 3TA

box office: 01454 413318 or online here

tickets £15 (£9.50 children under 15)

Open air performance.  Bring your own rugs and chairs. Gates open at noon for picnics

 

Weds 21st 7pm Stroud

Horsfall House, Windmill Road, Minchinhampton. GL6 9EY

box office: 01453 73122 or online here

£14.50 adults, £13 concessions

Open air production Please bring your own seating and picnics.

Gates open at 6.00pm.  In the event of bad weather the performance will

continue inside Minchinhampton Market House

 

Thurs 22nd 7.30pm Cheltenham

Glenfall House, Mill Lane, Charlton Kings, Glos, GL54 4EP

box office: 01242 323889 • http://www.glenfallhouse.co.uk

tickets £16 (£14.50 concessions)

Open air performance . Gardens open at 6.00pm. Please bring your own low-backed seating and a picnic. Fully Licensed bar is available. In the event of adverse weather,

this performance will continue indoors.

 

Fri 23rd 7.30pm Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury Abbey, Park Walk, Dorset SP7 8JR

box office: 01747 852910 or Shaftesbury & Gillingham 01747 853514

tickets £15 (FOSA £13, under 16 £10)

Open air performance (Town Hall if wet weather). Garden opens at 6.00pm.

Bring your own low-backed seating and a picnic

 

Sat 24th 7.30pm Isle of White

Ventnor Botanic Garden, Isle of Wight, PO38 1UL

box office: tickets available at the gift shop

online via www.botanic.co.uk or e-mail events@botanic.co.uk

Enquiries Tel: 01983 855397

tickets £14.00 adults / £12.00 concessions (over 65)

6 to 16 years £8.00 under 6s Free

Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £38.00

Open-air performance, bring your own seating or rugs. Garden opens

one hour before performance. BBQ and Bar available from 6.30pm

 

Sun 25th 2.30pm Beaminster

The Mill House, Crook Hill, Netherbury, Dorset, DT6 5LX

box office: 01308 862943 or boxoffice@beaminsterfestival.com

tickets £15

Open air production please bring your own seating / rugs. Ground open from 

12 noon for picnics. Tea and cakes available

 

Tues 27th British Berlin School

Private Invitation

 

Fri 30th 7.30pm Droitwich

Himbleton Parish Hall, Church Lane, Himbleton, WR9 7LG

box office: 01905 391143 or 01905 391662

tickets £10

Ticket price includes a glass of wine or soft drink. Doors open at 6.45pm. 

Picnics welcome. Light refreshments available 

 

*** JULY 2017 ***

 

Sat 1st 7.30pm Chipping Norton

Oxon – Private Invitation

 

Sun 2nd 5pm Basingstoke

Bartons Mill, Bartons Lane, Basingstoke, RG24 8AE

box office: 01256 331153 or email bartonsmill@wadworth.uk

tickets  £14 / under 18s £9

BBQ before & after performance, Champagne bar. Fully seated. Open air production

 

Fri 7th 7.30pm Newport

Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre, Broadway (Off High Street),

Caerleon. NP18 1AY   

box office: Caerleon Post Office 31a, High Street, Caerleon, NP18 1AE

Tel: 0345 6112970

tickets £15 Adults £12 Concessions

(Students, children 16 years and under, 65 years and over)

Family Ticket £44 (2 adults & 2 children)

Gates open 6.30pm. Picnics welcome. Open air performance.

Please bring your own seats/rugs 

 

Sat 8th 7pm Shepton Mallet

Speeds Farm, Lamyatt, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6NH

box office: 01749 812031

tickets Adult £16 (after 6th July £20.00), Children 15 and under £5

Open air performance. Please bring picnics and your own rugs or low back chairs

 

Sun 9th 3pm London

The Rookery, Streatham Common South, SW16 3BX

box office: 020 8764 8656 or online here

tickets £13.50, Concessions £11.50, Under 16s £6

Open air performance. Bring your own seating and a picnic

 

Mon 10th 7.30pm Croydon

The Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BR

box office: 0208 686 6023

tickets £7.50

 

Fri 14th 7.30pm Norway

Baroniet Rosendal, Baroniv 60, 5470 Rosendal. Norway

box office: + 47 53 48 29 99 or www.baroniet.no

tickets NOK 100 – 350

 

Sat 15th 1.30pm and 9pm Norway

Baroniet Rosendal, Baroniv 60, 5470 Rosendal. Norway

box office: + 47 53 48 29 99 or www.baroniet.no

tickets NOK 100 – 350

 

Tues 18th 8pm Edenbridge

Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG 

box office: 01732 866114 or www.heverfestival.co.uk

Gates open from 6.30pm for picnics, or refreshments available at the Guthrie Pavilion. Reserved seating provided, most of which is covered . Tickets are non-refundable

 

Thurs 20th 7.30pm Leicester

Jewry Wall Museum, St. Nicholas Circle, Leicester. LE1 4LB

box office: 0116 253 2569 also available from the Guildhall Museum

tickets £13.50, £12 concessions

Open air performance.  Please bring your own seating.  

Grounds open for picnics at 6.30pm. Refreshments available

 

Fri 21st 7.30pm Carnforth

Leighton Hall, Lancs. LA5 9ST

box office: 01524 734474 or online here

tickets £16 (children £11)

Open air.  Please bring your own seating.  Grounds open for picnics at 6.00pm

 

Sat 22nd 6pm Liverpool

Crosby Hall, Little Crosby, L23 4UA

box office: 0151 924 9099 or online here

tickets £12.50 (under 16s £8)

Open air performance. Please bring a picnic and your own rugs or low back chairs. Gardens open one hour before performance

 

Sun 23rd 4.30 pm Bawdeswell

Bawdeswell Church, The Street, Norfolk NR20 4RT

box office: 01362 688499

tickets £12.50 in advance / £15 on the door

Performance to be held in front of church weather permitting.

Please bring your own chairs and picnics . Please arrive from 4pm to get seated and settled.  In the event of bad weather the performance will be held inside the church. Sponsored by www.Quotatis.co.uk 

 

Mon 24th 7pm Ingatestone

Ingatestone Hall, Hall Lane, Essex, CM4 9NR

box office: 01277 353010 or online here

tickets £15 Adult, £13 Concessions (under 16s and over 60s)

Open air performance. Grounds open at 6pm

 

Tues 25th & Weds 26th 2pm Worcester

3 Choirs Festival, West End Garden, College Green,

Worcester Cathedral, WR1 2LA.

box office: 01452 768928 or www.3choirs.org

tickets £17, under 16s £10

Open air performance. Refreshments are available from the nearby

Festival Marquee or bring your own snacks. In the event of adverse weather,

this performance will move to the King’s School Theatre

 

Fri 28th 7.30pm Ulverston

Ford Park, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7JP

box office: 01229 580666 email info@ford-park.org.uk

tickets £13, Concessions £11

Students/Children £8, Families (2 Adults + 2 Children) £36

10% discount for parties of 10 or more

Open air performance. Grounds open at 6.30pm. Bring your own seating and a picnic.

Hot/cold drinks and refreshments available 

 

Sat 29th 3pm Cockermouth

Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria. CA13 9SH

box office: 01768 776276

tickets £13.50 (school children £10)

Bring a chair, enjoy real, live costumed professional actors frolicking! 

Shakespeare in the open air (whatever the summer weather) makes a fantastic spectacle 

Hey nonnie, nonnie!  Open 1.30pm for picnics

 

Sun 30th 7pm Musselburgh

Newhailes (NTS), Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RY

box office: 0844 493 2125 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets £14.50 (£13 concession / £9 children)

£38 family (2 adults and 2 children)

Ticket price includes a drink and popcorn

Open air production, dress warmly. Bring a picnic and your own seating.

No wet weather provision

 

*** AUGUST 2017 ***

 

Tues 1st 7pm Fife

Kellie Castle & Garden, Pittenweem, Fife, KY10 2RF

box office: 0844 493 2184 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets Adults 16+ £12 / Children 10-15years £8

Outdoor production. Please bring your own seating. Grounds open for picnics at 6.00pm

 

Weds 2nd 7pm Ellon 

Pitmedden Garden (NTS), Ellon, Aberdeenshire. AB41 7PD

box office: 01651 842 352 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets £14 (£7 children)

Open air production, dress warmly. Bring a picnic and your own seating

 

Thurs 3rd 7pm Kinross

RSPB Loch Leven, Kinross, KY13 9LX

box office: 01577 862355 or online here

tickets Adult  £13.50 / Child  £8

Family ticket (2 adults / up to 3 children): £38

Open air performance, no wet weather provision.  Dress warmly, and bring 

your own blankets, chairs and picnic. Gates open from 6.00pm 

Please note that the audience area is on a grassy slope

 

Fri 4th 7pm Angus

House of Dun (NTS),  Montrose, DD10 9LQ

box office: 0844 493 2144 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets £12.50 in advance, £15 on the night (£4 children)

Open air production, dress warmly. Bring a picnic and your own seating

 

Sat 5th 7pm Cupar

Falkland Palace, High Street, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BU

box office: 0844 493 2186 • www.nts.org.uk

tickets £13, £11 concessions

Open air production, dress warmly. Bring a picnic and your own rugs or low back chairs

 

Sun 6th 3pm Nottingham

Langar Hall, Langar, Notts. NG13 9HG

box office: 01949 860559

tickets £15, £12.50 concessions, £9 children under 16

Open air production (indoor venue if wet).  Please bring your own seating. 

Open from 1.00pm for picnics

 

Weds 9th 7pm Castle Hill

Filleigh Nr South Molton EX32 0RH

box office: 01805 624624 or www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

tickets £13, £11 concessions

£9 Plough Supporters/Families with children under 18

Open air production (indoor venue if wet).  Please bring your own seating. 

Bring low-back seating/blankets and picnics if desired. Refreshments available. 

Free entry to the garden from 5pm

 

Thurs 10th 7.30pm Penzance

Penlee Park Theatre, Morrab Road,  TR18 4HE

box office: 01726 879500 or online here

or www.penleeparktheatre.com

tickets: early bird offer (before 1st June)

adult £14, concession £12, children £7, family ticket £37

tickets: after 1st June

adult £16, concession £14, children £8, family ticket £40

Come along and enjoy a Summer evening of live theatre for all the family

 in this beautiful setting, picnics welcome

 

Fri 11th & Sat 12th 7.30pm Isles of Scilly

Chaplaincy Gardens, St. Marys

box office: from TIC or online here

Enquiries: 01720 422641

tickets £13, concessions £11

Please bring picnics. Hot drinks available in the interval. If the weather is very 

inclement the performance will take place inside the Parish Church

 

Sun 13th 6.30pm Isles of Scilly

Tresco Abbey Gardens, Tresco, TR24 0QQ

box office: Tickets available on the door or available in The Estate Office

one week before the performance or online here

tickets £13, concessions £11

Please bring picnics and rugs. Refreshments available in the interval.

Performance shall continue regardless of weather conditions

 

Tues 15th 7.30pm Liskeard

Sterts Theatre Upton Cross, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 5AZ

box office: 01579 362382 or online at www.sterts.co.uk

tickets £14 adults, £12 concessions, £8 children

Seating provided, but please bring your own cushions/rugs and picnics

 

Weds 16th 7pm Exeter

Powderham Castle, Exeter, Devon. EX6 8JQ

box office: 01626 890243

tickets £14, concessions £12 in advance

£16, concessions £14.00 on the night

Open air performance in the castle courtyard. Grounds open at 6.00pm, bring your own seating and picnics. Performance shall continue regardless of the weather

 

Thurs 17th 7.30pm Narberth

Lampeter House, Lampeter Velfry, Nr Narberth, SA67 8TS

box office: 01834 869323 • www.span-arts.org.uk

tickets £12, concessions £10 in advance

£14, concessions £12 on the night

Children £6

Open air performance  Indoors if bad weather. Grounds open at 6.00pm

Please bring your own seating and a picnic

 

Fri 18th 7.30pm Monmouthshire

Raglan Castle, Raglan, NP15 2BT

box office: 01600 775257 or online here

Tickets available from the Shire Hall, Monmouth NP25 3DY

Tickets: £13.00 in advance, £15.00 on the door, Child £9.00

** In aid of the Wales Air Ambulance **

Doors open at 6.30pm. Open air production. Please bring your own seating

Picnics welcome. Tea, coffee & light refreshments available

We regret no refunds in the event of bad weather

 

Sat 19th Saffron Walden

Ickleton Village Hall, Frogge Street, Ickleton, Essex, CB10 1SH

box office: 01799 531916 or 07802 362528 or email: pam@cmws.co.uk

tickets £15, Students / Children £10

Doors open at 6.45pm. Indoor production. Licensed Bar for Beer & Pimms

 

Sun 20th 7pm Stratford upon Avon

Hall’s Croft, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BG

box office: 01726 879500 or online here

tickets £15, £11 students 18 & under

Call: 01789 201829 or email: Hospitality@shakespeare.org.uk to book your pre-theatre hamper or supper deal. Open-air performance. Please bring a picnic and own seating. 

Garden opens one hour before performance

 

Tues 22nd 7.30pm Worcester

Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcs, WR1 3EF

box office: 01905 611427 • www.worcesterlive.co.uk

tickets £18, £14.50 concession

 

Weds 23rd 7pm Witney

Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 3LA

box office: 01993 772602

tickets £14, Children under 16 £9.50

Open air performance. Please bring picnics and your own rugs or low back chairs

 

Thurs 24th 6.30pm Nympsfield

Woodchester Mansion, Nympsfield, Glos. GL10 3TS

box office: online here

Enquiries: 01453 861541

tickets £15

Outdoor performance. Gates open from 5.30pm for picnics. 

Please bring your own chairs, rugs and cushions

 

Fri 25th 7.30pm Glastonbury

Glastonbury Abbey, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9EL

box office: 01458 831631  e-mail: shop@glastonburyabbey.com

tickets £14, concessions £12 (over 60s & under 16s)

under 6s free

Open air performance. Theatre entry opens at 7.00pm. Bring your own seating and a picnic. In the event of bad weather the performance will continue

 

Sat 26th 7pm Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Bullers Way, Dorset, DT3 4LA

box office: 01305 871130

tickets £14, concessions £12.50

Open air performance. Grounds open at 6.30pm. Bring your own seating and a picnic

 

Sun 27th 3pm Taunton

Somerset – Private Invitation

 

Mon 28th 5pm Bideford

Hartland Abbey, Hartland, Devon, EX39 6DT

box office: 01805 624624 or online via www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

tickets £13, Concessions £11

£9 Plough Supporters / Families (with children under 18yrs)

Bring low-back seating/blankets and picnics if desired. High quality bar, tea, coffee

and Mr Crackling’s Gourmet Burgers available.  Free entry to the garden from 3pm

 

Tues 29th 7pm Winterbourne

Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne,

South Glos. BS36 1SE

box office: online here or directly from Daisy’s Coffee Shop

in Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne. Tel: 01454 771817

tickets £14, students/children £10

Please note that seating is unreserved. Free parking is available.

Gates will open at 5.30pm for picnics. Drinks available 

*My BBC ACOUSTIC RADIO SHOW – is every Saturday from 5.30pm on BBC  Radio Gloucestershire  playing acoustic music on FM, AM, DAB, Freeview 735, Listen Live online and listen again for up to 30 days!!!  on http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiogloucestershire

SCHEDULE – JOHNNY COPPIN SHOWS available on listen again- with playlists and gig guides

Still available to listen again are:-

Sat 22 April  special guest is Police Dog Hogan talking about their new album. There’s new tracks from Lisbee Stainton, Martha Tilston, and Solana as well as music from June Tabor, Ewan McLennan, Kevin Brown, and Cupola:Ward

Sat 29 April new tracks from Tim O’BrienRoving CrowsTinderbox, Saltfishforty, and Dan Walsh. There’s also music from Mawkin, Hannah JamesCorinne West, Will Pound & Eddy Jay, and May Monday (feat. Karen Tweed)

Sat 6 May special guest is local Americana trio Iron & Oak in session playing songs from their new album. There’s new tracks from Keston Cobblers Club, Daphnes Flight, and Colin Hay as well as music from Jon Boden, John Martyn, the Peatbog Faeries, Coope Boyes and Simpson, and Phil Beer

Sat 13 May special guest is singer/songwriter Emily Barker talking about her new album recorded at Sam Phillips’s studio in Memphis! There’s new tracks from CalanIndia Electric Company, Ross Couper & Tom Oakes as well as music from Kate Rusby, Flats and Sharps, and Colin Pitts

Sat 20 May  special guest is singer/songwriter Lisbee Stainton talking about her new album. There’s new tracks from Skipinnish, Cormac BegleyMIranda Sykes, Daniel & Emma Reid as well as music from Moya Brennan – the voice if Clannad, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, and Bristol shanty group The Longest Johns – ahead of the Tall Ships and Gloucester Shanty Festival

Thank you so much as ever for your continued support – 

Really hope to see you somewhere soon.


With kind regards,
Johnny

johnny@johnnycoppin.co.uk          www.johnnycoppin.co.uk

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LATEST NEWS – Spring 2017

JOHNNY COPPIN NEWSLETTER  

Facebook page    http://www.facebook.com/johnnycoppin

“Unquestionably at the top of his game” – Acoustic magazine

Arguably the clearest and most soothing male vocal 

                        in the world of British folk music”  – Folk Radio UK

What’s in this newsletter?

–  Latest News 

–  Spring Tour dates in Birmingham, Norfolk, Cheshire and more!

–  New R2 magazine review of latest album

–  More feedback from new album, Christmas Tour, and other dates – your emails and letters!

–  My BBC acoustic radio shows – available on listen again 

*LATEST NEWS

Hope you are well and enjoying the Spring at last!

I’m very much looking forward to playing the Kitchen Garden Café in Birmingham (along with Harper’s Ferry) on Sunday the 30th April

After that it’s Folk on the Pier Festival at Cromer with Mike Silver – on Friday 5th May   (Silly me – in my Feb newsletter,  I gave the wrong date )

Then later in May and June there are dates at Poynton in Cheshire, Nature in Art near Gloucester,

And two more concerts with Mike Silver – at Boscastle, in Cornwall, and Highworth Church near Swindon.

All tour details are below – Hope to see you somewhere!

I would like a few more concerts/gigs from September onwards – though the Christmas Tour 2017 is already shaping up well! – so, if you know of a venue, or perhaps you would like to put on an event (public or private)  – do let me know.

We had a very successful and enjoyable  Songwriting Weekend in Sussex – so many many thanks to Richard & Karen for hosting the event – and to all the students who worked so hard to each produce two new songs.

OTHER NEWS….

Recently I really saw the amazing Scottish folk-rock band Skerryvore play in the intimate setting of the Barn and The Fleece in Bretforton, Worcestershire – and earlier that day I was at the Phoenix Concert at Miserden, Glos. -with Blondes with Beards, Discovery, Edd Donovan, and The Gloucester Diamonds. This event raised almost £900 for the staff of the Carpenter’s Arms who have lost jobs following a fire at the pub.

A week or so before I saw the excellent Jim Reynolds,  plus two gigs from the americana band Bob Porter Project.

Then there was the amazing and highly original Russian-born singer/songwriter Daria Kulesh at Barny’s in Stroud,  while a few weeks back, I was at the Irish Night at Minchinhampton Folk Club (ev Thursday at The Old Crown,Paganhill, Stroud). There was a really good turnout with such a variety of singers and musicians from near and far.

I was very sad to hear of the passing of Ella Knight of the New Folk Cottage in Truro, – she was such a great supporter of the folk scene,  and I have known her since Decameron days in the early 1970’s.

Also very sad to lose the legendary Derek Brimstone, guitarist, songwriter, folk singer, banjo picker, comedian, author and Londoner. RIP 6 March 2017

And more recently the one and only Chuck Berry – one of the KIngs of Rock n Roll. His music was part of the soundtrack of my teenage years, and in my first band Eddie and The Shifters, we must have covered well over 14 of his songs.

*SPRING TOUR DATES 2017

APRIL

Sun 30 BIRMINGHAM – Kitchen Garden Café, King’s Heath, B14 7SA  – 8pm

a double–header with Harpers Ferry   (up and coming Gloucestershire folk-rock/americana band ) 8pm. Tickets  http://www.wegottickets.com/event/391401

Harpers Ferry are a five-piece band who have been making waves in the folk rock and Americana scene since they first joined forces four years ago. Their music and lyrics are fiercely modern whilst still paying homage to greats of the 60s/70s that inspired them. Regularly featured on the radio, you will also be likely to come across them this summer at the Arlesford, Lakefest and Wychwood festivals (where they will be gracing the main stage)

MAY

Fri 5 FOLK ON THE PIER at CROMER – with MIKE SILVER  

‘Best Gig on the North Sea’

Headlining the afternoon concert 2pm till 5 pm – also on the bill are Mawkin, and the Lebedeck Band.    info/tickets  http://www.folkonthepier.co.uk

Sat 20 Private event in Bath

Fri 26 POYNTON – “Acoustic Sessions at the Centre, Poynton”  –  Community Centre,  Poynton, Cheshire. Doors 7.45pm Tickets 07766 10 30 57.

Looking ahead..

Sat 3 June – NATURE IN ART, Twigworth nr GLOUCESTER with PAUL BURGESS  Doors 7pm       Tickets  01452 –731422    natureinart.org.uk

Sat 10 June – BOSCASTLE  with MIKE SILVER – Village Hall, Boscastle, Cornwall 8pm

Fri 16 June – SWINDON – with MIKE SILVER – United Reform Church, Highworth, Wiltshire   Doors  7.45pm  –  Tickets  01793 762070

WE ARE TAKING BOOKINGS FOR 2017/18

Do get in touch…  You may know of a potential venue or Village Hall? 

or even like to put on a house or celebration concert!

 

*ALBUM REVIEW for ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT 

R2 magazine review

This is a perfect record to settle down with alongside the port and mince pies. Johnny Coppin has gathered a sympathetic group of musicians including Paul Burgess, Dik Cadbury and Karen Tweed to perform a selection of carols and seasonal songs. And if that phrase elicits a shudder, fear not.

Johnny is big on Christmas, with a regular seasonal show and three Christmas albums already, so it must get harder to find a new combination of material that will make for a harmonious and family-friendly album. Aside from two originals, there are several songs that are unfamiliar. ‘The Christmas Star’ by Kimmie Rhodes and Kevin Savigar has a hint of The Band about it, and Zoe Mulford’s ‘Welcome In Another Year’ reminded me how much Johnny sounds like Steve Ashley at times.

The least known traditional carol is ‘Gabriel’s Message’, a Basque tune with words by Baring-Gould, but ‘God Rest You Merry Gentlemen’ and ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’ will be more familiar. There are two settings of poems – I haven’t heard ‘How Far Is It To Bethlehem?’ for years – and there’s a tune by Mick Dolan to close the show. I like Steve Trigg’s brass and Geoff March’s cello, which fill out the sound when necessary. All On A Winter’s Night is a nice album that won’t disturb the Christmas peace.   –  Dai Jeffries

*LATEST FEEDBACK – your recent emails and letters

“Can’t stop playing the new CD All On A Winter’s Night – Brill!”-   C, A & R.H in Staffordshire

“I play in a band, and we would like to play your beautiful song Say Hello to the Band, which is one of my favourite songs, since I heard it first in the seventies. My problem is the text of the song. I don’t understand some parts of it. I would be very happy, if you could send me the lyrics”. – J.M in Switzerland

“ Thanks for all the invaluable help with the songwriting. I’m very pleased with the two songs and will continue working on them. Karen and I are enjoying your latest CD and particularly like the title track and Christmas Star, very atmospheric! Its inspired me to have a go at writing something for next Christmas/winter.” – R.L in Sussex

“Thanks so much for a great weekend, it was quite a learning experience for me and I got so much out of it.  Wonderful bunch of people and Richard and Karen looked after us so well. See you soon, you really are inspirational”.  – J.C in Sussex

*My BBC ACOUSTIC RADIO SHOW – is every Saturday from 5.30pm on BBC  Radio Gloucestershire  playing acoustic music on FM, AM, DAB, Freeview 735, online and listen again for up to 30 days!!!  on http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiogloucestershire

SCHEDULE – JOHNNY COPPIN SHOWS available on listen again- with playlists and gig guides

Still available to listen again are:-

Sat 18 March –  there’s some of the best recent Irish music from  John McSherry, Daoiri Farrell, Eilis Kennedy, Atlas, and Damien O’Kane – Plus new releases from Phil King and Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll and music from Maddy Prior, Matt Woosey, Karen Tweed, and Gilmore & Roberts

Sat 25 March – The special guest is blues singer/songwriter Keith Thompson playing two songs from his new album – There’s new tracks from Steamchicken, Siobhan Miller, and Martin Carthy also music from Frigg, OHooley & Tidow, Gilmore & RobertsWinter Mountain, and David Youngs

Sat 1st April – new tracks from Old Blind Dogs,  Roving Crows, Chris Foster, Rayna Gellert, Colin Hay, Carrivick Sisters, and Feast of Fiddles – Plus music from Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe, Hungrytown, Louise Jordan, and Cheltenham band Harper’s Ferry

Sat 8th April – new tracks from Martha Tilston, Feast of Fiddles, Monster Ceilidh Band, Roving Crows, and The Propane Brothers – There’s also news of BBC Folk Award winners with music from Kris Drever, and Daoiri Farrell

Thank you so much for your continued support – 

I hope to see you somewhere soon.


With kind regards,
Johnny

johnny@johnnycoppin.co.uk          www.johnnycoppin.co.uk

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LATEST NEWS – FEBRUARY 2017

JOHNNY COPPIN NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2017

P O Box 27, Stroud, Glos.  GL6 0YQ
tel no. 01453 885088
johnny@johnnycoppin.co.uk          www.johnnycoppin.co.uk

Facebook page    http://www.facebook.com/johnnycoppin

“Unquestionably at the top of his game” – Acoustic magazine

“Arguably the clearest and most soothing male vocal in the world of British folk music”  – Folk Radio UK

What’s in this newsletter?

–  Latest News 

–  Songwriting Weekend in March – only 2 places left

–  Spring Tour dates

–  Reviews of All On A Winters Night album in full 

–  More feedback from new album, Christmas Tour, and other dates – your emails and letters!

–  My BBC acoustic radio shows – available on listen again 

*LATEST NEWS

There are such amazing snowdrops around at the moment and a hint of Spring in the air!

No dates this month – but if you’ve always fancied writing 1 or 2 songs with help and guidance, my Songwriting Weekend in Sussex is next month (24-26 March), and has 1 or 2 places left  — for more details see below.

Last month the Stroud Wassail event goes from strength to strength – with the town packed with mummers, and morris sides.  I sang my New Stroud Wassail song at lunchtime outside the Sub Rooms, and inside at the evening Midwinter Revels backed up by singers from Gloucester Diamonds and Shepherd’s Crook choir.

Then a few days later, MIke Silver and I had a great night at Hitchin Folk Club celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Maureen running the club. We were very honoured to be playing this event, and to a sold-out and friendly audience – there’s lots of feedback later in Newsletter.

Some great news recently –  Sarah Jarosz, one of my favourite US singer/songwriters has won 2 Grammy Awards. Her album Undercurrent won Best Folk Album , and the track House of Mercy won Best Americana Roots performance. Other nominees for Best Folk Album included Rhiannon Giddens, The Avett Brothers, and Judy Collins. Judy sang Suzanne in tribute to Leonard Cohen – you can see this on the net. Also it was wonderful to read that Joni Mitchell was well enough to attend a pre-show event.

The BBC Folk Awards nominees have been announced – and some of my favourites are there.. Daoiri (Derry)Farrell (Ire) for both Horizon Award and Folk Singer of the Year, Fara (Sco) for Horizon Award, Jim Moray ( Eng) for both Best Album, and Best Original Track, and John McSherry (Ire) for Musician of the Year.

Really enjoyed seeing the Scottish quartet Fara live recently at the Prince Albert in Stroud – 3 amazing young fiddle players (Catriona Price, Jeana Leslie, Kristan Harvey) with stunning piano from Jennifer Austin.

Then on same theme, last month I was at the Scottish Night at Minchinhampton Folk Club (ev Thursday at The Old Crown,Paganhill, Stroud) performing with Blondes with Beards – and enjoying a great variety of local singers and musicians.

*SPRING TOUR DATES 2017

MARCH

Sat 18 Private event

24-26 Songwriting Weekend in Sussex – 2 places left – details below – 

Tel 01453 885088    or  email   johnny@johnnycoppin.co.uk

APRIL

Wed 5 BBC Folk Awards in London

Sun 30 BIRMINGHAM – Kitchen Garden Café, King’s Heath, B14 7SA– a double–header with Harpers Ferry  (up and coming Gloucestershire folk-rock/americana band ) 8pm. Tickets  http://www.wegottickets.com/event/391401

MAY

Fri 5 FOLK ON THE PIER at Cromer  with MIKE SILVER  info/tickets  http://www.folkonthepier.co.uk

Sat 20 Private event

Fri 26 POYNTON – “Acoustic Sessions at the Centre, Poynton”  – Community Centre, Poynton, Cheshire. Doors 7.45pm Tickets 07766 10 30 57.

Looking ahead..

Sat 3 June – NATURE IN ART, Twigworth nr GLOUCESTER with PAUL BURGESS  Doors 7pm   tickets  01452 –731422    natureinart.org.uk

Sat 10 June – BOSCASTLE  with MIKE SILVER – Village Hall, Boscastle, Cornwall

Fri 16 June – SWINDON – with MIKE SILVER – United Reform Church, HIGHWORTH  –  Tickets  01793 762070

WE ARE TAKING BOOKINGS FOR 2017/18

Do get in touch…  You may know of a potential venue or Village Hall? 

or even like to put on a house or celebration concert!

 

*A SONGWRITING WEEKEND in Sussex  with Johnny Coppin  24-26 MARCH 2017 at a house just north of Brighton

THERE ARE JUST 2 places AVAILABLE for the weekend course – so why not give it a go?

Each songwriter will have their own room for creativity – there’ll be an introduction on Friday evening, informal session on Saturday evening, and final shared performance “concert” on Sunday afternoon But most of the time I’ll be working with each songwriter in turn on a one-to one basis.

Course Fee is £200   

including supper on Friday and Saturday/ lunch on Saturday and Sunday plus  tea/coffee/drinks etc

A cheque for £100 deposit  is  required to confirm booking    

post to Johnny Coppin, P O BOX 27, Stroud, Glos, GL6 0YQ

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

Balance of £100 to be paid on the weekend 

*ALBUM REVIEWS for ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT Full reviews 

Acoustic magazine:

“Christmas ditties were coming thick and fast as this mag went to press, with Johnny Coppin the latest to add his name to the long list of luminaries knocking out their favourites. Although, in fairness, it’s unlikely that Johnny was looking to rival Slade as 2016’s big hitter. Inevitably there are a few hoary old chestnuts lurking in the selection, but Johnny steps outside of the box to come up with unlikely contenders, notably a feisty reading of ‘Welcome In Another Year’, an Irish tune (wrong!) enlivened by Paul Burgess’s fiddle, and the gentle ‘Snow In The Street’, a setting of a William Morris poem. This is fine music performed by a veteran English folk singer, unquestionably at the top of his game”

Folk Radio UK:

Christmas is nearly upon us, and acclaimed Gloucestershire singer/ songwriter and Radio Gloucester presenter, Johnny Coppin is currently on his annual tour taking the All On A Winter’s Night Christmas concert to various place in the country. Johnny has been doing a run of Christmas concerts in December for a number of years, with various musicians in his band such as Paul Burgess, Dik Cadbury, Karen Tweed, and Geoff March. Sadly missing is the guitar playing of Mick Dolan, who died in 2014, and who had played in bands with Johnny for a number of years, going back to his Decameron days.

Johnny decided to put some of the lovely songs which are played at these concerts on an album, and it has now just been released.  All of the above artists play on the new album with the addition of Steve Trigg on flugelhorn and trumpet and percussionist David Pickering-Pick.

This album is a real treat to listen to, a selection of songs that warm you for the Festive season and midwinter.  Johnny has a lovely melodic voice that brings out the best in all these tunes, whilst playing his haunting keyboard in his own inimitable way.  I’m not a big fan of Christmas, but love this album, as it takes us back to the true value and meaning of Christmas.  Not about rushing out to feed retail outlets and less meaningful things.  It’s about the true tradition and anticipation of Christmas, of family and reunions, of loved ones not present, The Nativity and all things of midwinter including warm fires!

The tracks included on the album are ‘All On A Winter’s Night’ – a lovely intro, that conveys the joy of anticipation of Christmas, ‘Counting The Hours To Christmas’ – a song of reunion, ‘The Christmas Star’ ( by Kimmie Rhodes) which is one of my favourite tracks, ‘Halsway Carol’ (by Nigel Eaton) named so after Halsway Manor – the National Centre for Folk Arts based in Somerset, ‘Welcome In Another Year’ (by Zoe Mulford), ‘A Connemara Christmas’ written by the late Mick Dolan, especially for the Christmas shows, ‘Snow In The Street’ (from a poem by William Morris), and classics like ‘God Rest You Merry Gentlemen’, the traditional carol ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’ (to Gustav Holst’s tune ‘Cranham’) which we all know and which is a fabulous version on this album, ‘Gabriel’s Message’ (A Basque carol with English words by the Reverend Sabine Baring Gould from Devon), and ‘O Holy Night’ – which you may not know – is a 19th century carol.

All the photos on the album are by Martin Fry, who does the amazing pictures for the Christmas shows and the album is on sale at the Christmas concerts in December 2016. Alternatively purchase through Johnny’s website where you can also find out where Johnny is out on tour. –  Jean Camp – Folk Radio UK

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Christmas has a horrible habit of feeding many addictions, of allowing the schmaltz and the more commercial, the more consumed side of the festive period to be seen in all disturbing glory. It is hard not to be cynical about the time of year when so many people are either left alone or in want of conversation, a roof over their heads or something to eat; it is the time of year that can bring out the very worst in people…and thankfully the absolute best, the most beautiful in humanity, it is a credo that Johnny Coppin adheres throughout his sincere and wonderful arranged album  All On A Winter’s Night.

Like many of his musical kin, Johnny Coppin turns to the real point, the salient and proper point of the time of year, one of reflection not greed, one of harmony and not destruction, the very peace we all search for but for many arguably is one that comes with a price tag and with the only hope that it does not make too much of a noise.

Not perhaps so much Christmas with all its glitter and gold, the fashionable fighting for space with the five minute comfortable, instead this is honest contemplation, the community tree in the square, the signs of good things not cash till singing out as profit becomes a new and unsightly god. In all of this Johnny Coppin marks out the album with sincerity, with style and most important of all, true worth; it is a worth that has the smooth voice of the musician captivating his audience and one that is perfect for the time of year, one without a cola bottle in sight, just friends and loved ones enjoying Time.

With wonderful tracks such as How Far is Bethlehem?, Counting the Hours Till Christmas, Snow In The Street and a very superb version of the traditional song In The Bleak Midwinter, All On A Winter’s Night is a response to the commercial and the forever consumed that enough is enough, let the light be bright by all means but instead of fighting for that last extra pound to which some cannot afford, sit round a fire, tell stories, listen to your loved ones without reply and take in music that isn’t based on 20th century corporate machine, instead one of the best things you can do is listen and love Johnny Coppin.     Ian D. Hall

Forest FM:

“a fine album with great arrangements of both traditional and new songs.”

*LATEST FEEDBACK – your recent emails and letters

“Thanks to you and Mike Silver for the fine evening you gave us last Sunday to help celebrate Maureen Jones 50 years of running Hitchin Folk Club. Who’d have thought we’d come out singing ‘Up on Cripple Creek ‘ ! Wonderful !” R.A from Hertfordshire .

“Everybody enjoyed the evocative celebration in Hitchin last night, thanks mainly to you and Mike, but obviously we cannot forget all those others over so many years – and Maureen. We were especially pleased that you managed to fit in our request. After it, the gentleman sitting next to us was heard to gently exclaim “What a lovely song”.For the future, we look forward to “The Merry Wives of Windsor” (The Festival Players summer tour) , and your next appearance in Hitchin.” G & D.M in Hertfordshire

‘Thank you so much for the wonderful music last Sunday – it was perfect! I always enjoy you and Mike together.  The feedback from the audience has been brilliant.  Hopefully we will catch up with you at a duo gig soon”    Maureen Jones, Hitchin Folk Club

“Thank you so much for Sunday, it was a truly memorable night.  We’ve had loads of texts and emails telling us just how much people had enjoyed it” –  Kieron Jones, Hitchin Folk Club

“Your song (New Stroud Wassail)  is now an ear worm for my wife and I.  We greatly enjoyed singing it with you yesterday (at The Stroud Wassail) and look forward to singing it again in the future.” – R.B in Gloucestershire

“We have been enjoying the new album.  It is another triumph of melody, tradition and good cheer, a fine companion to a ‘A West Country Christmas’.  They join a few other choice CDs on the 5 disc turntable for the holiday season  (which still continues in our household). Sunday evening we had a birthday dinner party for a friend and five other guests.  We augmented the Christmas mix with BBC podcasts of your Christmas and New Years radio programs.” – D.W in USA

“Superb show at Stroud Johnny. Your voice, and the arrangements, the sound, and the stage were perfect. Congratulations..you’ve pulled it off again!” – B & C.P in Gloucestershire

“A long overdue thank you … my daughter and I thought the Christmas concert at the Bacon Theatre was just superb, really wonderful” –  T.P in Gloucestershire

“Great to hear all the concerts were such a success, and that everyone was moved by O Holy night. I Wrote last year suggesting you record it.!! BUT we missed you in LICHFIELD- so please come again soon.!”  A.W. In Staffordshire

“We have only met twice but I have been interested in your career since hearing you sing during the Ivor Gurney Celebrations of 1990 in Gloucester.  I have several of your tapes and CDs which I continue to enjoy listening to very much.

My partner in life is a member of The Housman Society  and The Gerald Finzi Society. Ivor Gurney and his music/poetry has also been of great interest throughout the years.   Also J. Coppin!   We have heard you in Bromsgrove.  So glad your life’s work seems to have gone so well, and has given pleasure to so many of us.” – F.P in Worcestershire

*My BBC ACOUSTIC RADIO SHOW – is every Saturday from 5.30pm on BBC  Radio Gloucestershire  playing acoustic music on FM, AM, DAB, Freeview 735, online and listen again for up to 30 days!!!  on http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiogloucestershire

SCHEDULE – JOHNNY COPPIN SHOWS available on listen again- with playlists and gig guides

Still available to listen again are:-

Sat 21st Jan – There’ll be Scottish tracks from Eddie Reader, Skerryvore, and Robyn Stapleton- new albums from Carmina, Alistair Anderson & Northlands, Daoiri (“Derry”) Farrell,  Dipper Malkin, Adam Sweet, And Stroud singer/songwriter Lara Conley

Sat 28th Jan – Features an interview with singer/songwriter Steve Ashley talking about his new album. There’s also new tracks from ImarDonal Clancy, Dempsey Broughton Plus music from Fairport Convention, Sarah Jarosz, Darlingside, Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater

Sat 4 Feb – This week there’ll be new tracks from Chris Wood,  Megson, Skerryvore,  Emily Maguire, Robyn Stapleton and Gloucestershire singer/songwriter Keith Thompson Plus music from Fisherman’s Friends, Spiro, Luke Jackson, and The Battlefield Band

Sat 11 Feb – This week there’ll be new tracks from Faustus, Stephen Fearing, Sean Taylor, Brendan Hendry & Jonny Toman, Dipper Malkin, and Gloucestershire singer/songwriter Hattie Briggs, Plus music from Fara, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, and Michael McGoldrick

Sat 18 Feb – There’ll be new tracks from Police Dog Hogan, The Hut People, Eilis Kennedy, The Shake The Chains projectLewis & LeighImar, and Geoff Lakeman – father of Seth, Sean, and Sam- Plus music by Kimmie RhodesKitty McFarlane, and local band The Bob Porter Project

Thank you so much for your continued support – 

I hope to see you somewhere this year.

With kind regards,
Johnny

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