5 Star Review of 30 Songs album – January 2020

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

JOHNNY COPPIN

* * * * * 30 Songs   Red Sky Records RSKCD 122

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

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

The crystal-clear quality of Johnny’s singing, the outstanding songwriting and the polished productions in evidence on this album surely merit even greater recognition of this master craftsman.

Colin Bailey

Posted in General news, New CD release, Reviews

TOUR DATES early 2020

2020 TOUR DATES:

January

Sat 25  – private birthday party in Cheltenham

February

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

March

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

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

Box office: 01242 572573  everymantheatre.org.uk

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

April 

Fri 3 –  Poynton – Phoenix Folk Club, Poynton Legion Club, SK12 1JY doors 7.30pm

  poyntonlegionclub.co.uk

 Sat 18 – Pershore – No.8 Arts Centre, High Street, Pershore WR10 1BG  doors 7.30pm    Tickets: 01386 555488   enquiries@number8.org

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

Coming up:  two concerts with Mike Silver in May: 

Mon 18 May at Chesham Folk Club in Buckinghamshire

Sat 23 May at Wychwood Folk Club in Oxfordshire

 

Advance notice of 2020 Christmas Tour dates so far:

Fri 11 Dec at Tetbury Goods Shed

Sat 12 Dec at Stroud Subscription Rooms

Tues 15 Dec at St Neot’s – Priory Centre

Thu 17 Dec at Cheltenham Bacon Theatre

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

I am looking for more concerts this year  – let me know if you have any ideas?

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

 

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TOUR DATES and Albums for sale – DECEMBER 2019

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

December

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

Tickets 07837 532704 and email tsmtickets@btinternet.com

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

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

01666 505496 shed-arts.co.uk

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

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

 Box Office: 01453 769880    thesubrooms.co.uk

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

Box Office: 01242 258002  bacontheatre.co.uk

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

ALBUMS on sale now!

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

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

All On A Winter’s Night

Borderland 

The Winding Stair

The Gloucestershire Collection 

Breaking The Silence – with Mike Silver 

for £13 (inc post and packing)

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

West Country Christmas

A Country Christmas

Line of Blue 

Roll On Dreamer 

Edge of Day  with Laurie Lee

The Glorious Glosters 

for £11 each (inc post and packing)

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

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

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

or you can post a cheque with your order to

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

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

REUNION CONCERTS in September!

*REUNION CONCERTS!

This month I have two exciting concerts!

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

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

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

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

Box Office: 01242 258002 bacontheatre.co.uk

  I REALLY HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!

 

 

Posted in Concerts, General news

AUGUST NEWS

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

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

The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham GL51 6HE  at 7.30pm  

Box Office: 01242 258002 bacontheatre.co.uk 

I DO HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!

CONCERT DATES

August

Fri 30   Private event

September

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

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

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

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

October

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

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

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

phone: 01291 689812

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

December

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

Tickets 07837 532704 and email tsmtickets@btinternet.com

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

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

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

Sat 14   Stroud Subscription Rooms with extra guests! 

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

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

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

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

Posted in Concerts, General news, New CD release

SONGWRITING WEEKEND 10-12 MAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

A deposit of 
£100 is required to confirm booking. 

Please Tel 01453 885088    or  email    Johnny@johnnycoppin.co.uk
Posted in General news, Other events

APRIL NEWS

LATEST NEWS
I’m really looking forward to returning on Friday 12th April to one of my favourite venues –
the Village Pump folk club in Trowbridge 
For tickets and information telephone Pete on 07941 611262.  I do hope you can make it!
 
10-12 May I am tutoring a Songwriting Weekend  – and there is still 1 place available – 
if you’d like to grab the chance to be creative!- see below for details.
 
After that my next concert with Mike Silver is on Sunday 19th May at Hitchin Folk Club
 
Then there are some concerts with Paul Burgess in June and July – 
and please do put a note in your diaries for a renion concert in Cheltenham on Friday 27th September!
For details of all concerts and festivals see the date sheet below

*************************************************************************

THERE IS STILL ONE PLACE REMAINING FOR

A Songwriting Weekend with Johnny Coppin 

10 -12 May 2019 in Stroud, Gloucestershire

So please let me know as soon as possible if you’d like to join us –

The course is limited to just 6 students 


Each songwriter will have their own room to work in

And I’ll be working with each songwriter in turn on a one-to one basis.

There’ll be an informal session on Saturday evening, 

and a final performance of all the new songs on Sunday afternoon.

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

A deposit of 
£100 is required to confirm booking. 
Please Tel 01453 885088    or  email    Johnny@johnnycoppin.co.uk

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CONCERT DATES

April

Fri 12 Trowbridge  – Friday Folk at The Lamb Inn, Mortimer Street, Trowbridge BA14 8BN   8pm – With support from Paul Openshaw  – Tickets and info Pete 07941 611262

May   

10-12  A Songwriting Weekend in Stroud – just 1 place remaining – see above for details.

Sun 19  Hitchin – with Mike Silver  – The Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin SG5 1AF doors 7.30pm   Tickets: 01462 812391 or e-mail: goodmusic@hitchinfolkclub.co.uk   www.hitchinfolkclub.idnet.net

June

Thu 13 – Gloucester Music Festival – with Paul Burgess – St Mary de Crypt Church, Southgate Street GL1 1TP. 7.45pm

Free tickets will be available from Gloucester Music Festival online.

And looking ahead some dates for the diary……

July 12 -14  Bromsgrove Folk Festival – with Mike Silver  – other acts include: Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies, Churchfitters, Enda Kenny, The Lost Notes, Richard Digance, Anthony John Clarke.  Venue: The Bowling Green, Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior B60 4BH

tickets from bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk

Sat 20  July – Hartpury near Gloucester – with Paul Burgess  “Songs of Gloucestershire and Beyond” – The Village Hall, Old Over Road, Hartpury GL19 3FD. Doors 7pm  start 7.30pm  –   tickets:  01684 772178       hartpuryfest@gmail.com

 Fri  27 Sept –  Cheltenham  A Special Reunion concert with members of my band playing material from the 30 Songs compilation  at The Bacon Theatre.

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