JANUARY NEWS

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

What’s in this newsletter?

–  Latest News 

–  Fothcoming dates

–  Feedback from Christmas tour

–  Radio play of latest album

–  BBC Acoustic programme

*LATEST NEWS

Well, this winter seems to have thrown everything at us here in Britain – snow, gales, and an unusual number of bugs flying round – do hope you’ve not been too badly affected.

There are no concerts in January and February – but on Monday 12 February I am doing a live session and interview on The Folk Show with Kevin O on Radio Winchcombe at 7pm in the local area on 107.1 FM  or listen online   http://www.radiowinchcombe.co.uk

Then in March I have:

a rare solo appearance in Gloucestershire at The Everyman Studio Theatre in Cheltenham on the Sat 3rd March

Followed by a return to the Red Lion Folk Club in Birmingham with Mike Silver on Wed 21st March

And then in April:

Mike and I return to the Hitchin Folk Club on Sunday 8th April,

And I have a solo gig at The Bromley Cross Folk Club, near Bolton, Lancs on Friday 20th April

Details of all concerts are below…

Many thanks for all the feedback messages over the past month and many of these are below – Paul, Dik, Martin and I really appreciate your support!

Recent news

The Stroud Wassail went really well last weekend with the town brim full during the day with mummers, beasts, morris sides from near and far. At the end of the excellent Revels in the evening, I was able to lead the singing of my song The Five Valleys Wassail.

Also I enjoyed seeing the new production of Peter Bellamy’s The  Transports at Cheltenham Town Hall- with wonderful singing and playing from Faustus, The Young ‘Uns, Nancy Kerr, Greg Russell, and Rachael McShane.

Over Christmas I enjoyed hearing the BBC Radio 4 Soul Music programme on the beautiful song O Holy Night, and the BBC Radio 3 Carol Competition which was won by Bernard Trafford with his excellent setting of Sir Christemas.

Over the past few weeks, it’s been great to see all the Gloucestershire and Cotswold locations in the new Father Brown series on BBC 1 – including Blockley, Moreton in Marsh, Winchcombe, Gloucester Cathedral, Toddington railway station, and various big houses in the area.

On my recent radio programmes, I featured my Top Ten albums of 2017. In no particular order they are:-

Avenging & Bright by Damien O’Kane (Ire), Pretty Peggy by Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys (Eng), 

The Seventh Wave by Skipinnish (Sco), What We Leave Behind by The East Pointers(Canada), 

Strata by Siobhan Miller (Sco), Where The River Meets The Road by Tim O’ Brien (USA), Strangers by The Young ‘Uns (Eng),

Wild & Wicked Youth by Kim Lowings & The Greenwood (Eng),  Living Roots by Brendan Hendry & Jonny Toman (Ire), 

and Inventions by Leveret (Eng- Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron).

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* FORTHCOMING DATES – SPRING  2018

February

Mon 12   Live session and interview on The Folk Show with Kevin O on Radio Winchcombe  7pm on 107.1 FM or online   http://www.radiowinchcombe.co.uk

March

Sat 3       Cheltenham Everyman Studio Theatre – a rare solo appearance in Gloucestershire    – Regent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ  8pm – small capacity – so BOOK EARLY!   Box office: 01242 572573           www.everymantheatre.org.uk

Wed 21   Birmingham – with Mike Silver  – Red Lion Folk Club, Vicarage Road, King’s Heath B14 7LY   7.45pm    www.redlionfolkclub.co.uk

April

Sun 8   Hitchin  – with Mike Silver – Hitchin Folk Club, The Sun Hotel, High Street, SG5 1AF  doors 7.30pm

Tickets: 01462 812391 or e-mail: goodmusic@hitchinfolkclub.co.uk   www.hitchinfolkclub.idnet.net

Fri 20  Bolton  Bromley Cross Folk Club,at The Barlow, Bolton Road, Edgworth BL7 0AP 8pm

Tickets/info:   07427 613783, or email:  arawc51@gmail.com.    www.bromleycrossfolkclub.org.uk

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* FEEDBACK during DECEMBER and JANUARY

“Hi Johnny, I heard your excellent track “Welcome on the New Year” on Mark Radcliffe’s show this evening.” – J.N.M via Facebook

“A really special evening tonight (at Pound Arts in Corsham). Thanks very much Johnny” – D.W in Somerset

“We were really sorry to hear about your recent illness  and the problems it must have caused you. We were very fortunate to have been at The Pound in Corsham when you were in fine voice.  It was a truly wonderful evening and we enjoyed the contributions made by Paul Burgess and Dik Cadbury. It was an evening that will live long in the memory.  All on a Winter’s Night is a great Christmas Album, we have been enjoying it with some of your other Christmas songs “ – R & M.D

“Thank you for the joy you bring to our lives with your singing and music. We were at Corsham which was a brilliant start to the Christmas season. We look forward to enjoying more concerts next year. Happy Christmas” – A & R.P

“As always we really enjoyed your recent Christmas concert at The Pound Centre in Corsham – thank you so much – and of course thanks to Paul Burgess and Dik Cadbury too.” – R & G.C in Bath

“We are so sorry to hear you have not been well. We came to see you at Upwood and have been listening to all your Christmas CDs over the last few weeks. We just want to say thank you for all the musical joy you have given us over forty years. We still play early Decameron regularly.” – W & G.W in Cambs.

“Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for another fantastic concert at the Bacon Theatre (Cheltenham) last night. We thoroughly enjoyed the new songs, stories and Martin’s wonderful photographs, beautiful!
Thanks too for the birthday request, I had only been singing ‘Past Three O’clock’ earlier in the day, so excellent choice 😉
I finally bought the Laurie Lee CD to replace my worn out vinyl.
In Exmouth last week, Phil Beer remembered to tell me that you will be playing a duo set together 
at Shrewsbury Festival next year, so please look out for us, we will be there as tickets purchased already and very much looking forward to seeing you both play together again, lots of happy memories.” – H.A in Glos.

“Thank you all for the beauty of the music at your entrancing 2017 Christmas concert in Cheltenham. Your voices and playing seem to grow better with each new season! I particularly loved the old carols, and the exquisite French songs. And ‘Run, Rudolph, Run’, with Martin Fry’s witty slides of a tiny reindeer, was a treat.  I look forward to next year’s concert: a brilliant moment in a dark season!” – A.B in Glos

“I really enjoyed your Christmas concert (at Cheltenham). I think the first one I ever attended was at Shaftesbury Hall, and I have been every year since then at various venues” – S.K in Glos.

“Thanks for another wonderful gig with a difference to most years. Really enjoyed it – was very traditional” – A.

“Thanks for another great night (Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham).  We really appreciated you dedicating and singing O Holy Night. The whole audience seemed to be spellbound too. And all while having been unwell – a true professional” – A & D.T in Glos

“Just a quick thank-you for playing Song for Loders at The Bacon Theatre. It’s Christmas morning and so we run through all four Christmas albums. JC on Christmas Day is the one born in Essex as opposed to Bethlehem. BTW –  that other request you played (O Holy Night) which I hadn’t heard before, was fantastic.” – F.H in London

“I really appreciate you taking the time to reply – I expect you are busy.  We hope you feel better so you can enjoy Christmas after all you entertaining us. Look forward to attending more of yur concerts in the new year.  P.S brought the Album as a present on Thursday evening – so that great I as loved the song and the atmosphere.” – N.P

“Lovely show on Thursday, Johnny, at Bacon Theatre, followed by a pleasant half hour on Saturday on Radio Gloucestershire – L.M. via Facebook

” I just wanted to email you to say thank you for the way in which your music has enriched my life xx When I first saw you I was about 12 years old and you came to All Saints at Marlpool through Dave Perkins, and I have been listening to your music ever since xx mainly at this time of year and I wanted to say thank you” – C.H-G in Derbyshire 

“We were in Gloucestershire in June and saw you for the first time, we were on holiday from Australia it was fantastic” – G & J.W in Australia via Facebook

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*RADIO PLAY OF ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT ALBUM

BBC Radio 2- The Folk Show – Mark Radcliffe played Welcome In Another Year on Wed 20th December.

BBC Radio Wales – Celtic Heartbeat – Frank Hennessey played Welcome In Another Year as first track on Sat 6th January show.

BBC Radio Shropshire – Genevieve Tudor played 2 tracks on Sun 3rd Dec All On A Winter’s Night and Halsway Carol.

BBC Nan Ghadail (Scotland) – Caithream Ciuil show played a track The Christmas Star  on Friday 15th December.

BBC Radio Lancashire, The Drift folk show, In The Bleak Midwinter track played on Sun 19th Nov  show.

The Folkal Point show that goes out from several radio stations in Scotland, track played on Dec 7th show plus Halsway Carol on 21st Dec show – also online via Blue and Roots Radio in Canada.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire  live interview with Dominic Cotter on 14th December.

Bay FM in Devon, Doug Parish played tracks on his acoustic show, also goes out on 10 Radio and Tone FM.

Moorlands Radio in Cheshire, Anything Goes show, played tracks and did a live phone interview with Simon on Sun 10th December

10 Radio in Somerset, the Folk, Roots and Branches show, track played on 7th Dec  show.

Forest FM in Hampshire, Forest Folk show, played tracks in December and also on their Christmas Day show.

Triangle Radio in Gloucestershire, Chris Arscott’s Folk show, tracks played in Nov and December – Counting The Hours To Christmas

and Sans Day Carol.

Crooked Road Radio, on Swindon FM and the net, track played on 30th Nov show.

Tempo FM in the Yorkshire, the FAB Folk and Blues show, played tracks in December.

BCB Radio in Bradford, the Into The Buttercup roots show played tracks.

Lincoln City Radio, Fine Folk show, track played on 28th Nov  show.

Future Radio in Norfolk, the Acoustic and Eclectic show, played tracks.

Brian Player Acoustic, goes out on Blues and Roots Radio from Canada, track played on 30th Nov show.

Felixstowe Radio in Suffolk, Roots and Shoots show, track played on 11th Nov  show.

Chorley FM, James Blatchley Folk show, track played in December.

Radio Winchcombe in Gloucestershire, the Folk Show with Kevin O, two tracks on 18th Dec show .

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* My BBC ACOUSTIC RADIO SHOW – is every Saturday from 5.30pm on BBC  Radio Gloucestershire  playing acoustic music 

on FM, AM, DAB, online and listen again for 30 days!!!  on http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiogloucestershire

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

Still available to listen again are:-

Sat 23rd Dec – a special programme packed full of great music for Christmas and Midwinter –  from the likes of Maddy Prior, Emily Smith, St Agnes Fountain, Kate Rusby, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Belshazzar’s Feast, Winter Union, Al Lewis, Hattie Briggs, and Coope Boyes & Simpson

Sat 30th Dec – music for Midwinter and New Year – with new tracks from Skipinnish,Duncan Chisholm, May Monday, and Daria Kulesh As well as classic tracks from James Taylor, Waterson:CarthyLoreena McKennit, John Kirkpatrick, and Simon Mayor

Sat 6th Jan – features  Part One of the Top Ten best albums of 2017 –

By Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Skipinnish, The East Pointers, Siobhan Miller, Brendan Hendry & Jonny Toman Plus a new release from The Wailin’ Jennys, a new production of Peter Bellamy’s The Transports, and tracks from Fairport Convention, and Alden, Patterson and Dashwood

Sat 13th Jan – features Part Two of the Top Ten best albums of 2017 

With tracks from Damien O’Kane, Tim O’ Brien, The Young ‘Uns, Kim Lowings & The Greenwood, and Leveret – As well as new releases from Jim and Susie Malcolm, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Tracks from Skerryore, Hattie Briggs, and Ninebarrow,  and a preview of the Celtic Connections Festival

Sat 20th Jan – new tracks from Zoe Mulford, Blue Rose CodeThe Martin Hayes Quartet, Maeve Mackinnon, and Yvonne Lyon

As well as a look-ahead to gigs in the area with music from Fairport Convention, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Spikedrivers, Colin Pitts, and The Bully Wee Band 

Future guests on the programme will include 

Winter Wilson / Velvet & Stone / Chris Cleverley / Alden, Patterson & Dashwood

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Thank you so much for your support – and

I hope to see you somewhere before too long.

Kind regards
Johnny

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

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

 

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Forthcoming Dates Spring 2018

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* FORTHCOMING DATES – SPRING  2018

February

Mon 12   Live session and interview on The Folk Show with Kevin O on Radio Winchcombe  7pm

 On 107.1 FM or online   http://www.radiowinchcombe.co.uk

March

Sat 3       Cheltenham Everyman Studio Theatre – a rare solo appearance in Gloucestershire

Regent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ  8pm – small capacity – so BOOK EARLY!

Box office: 01242 572573           www.everymantheatre.org.uk

Wed 21   Birmingham – with Mike Silver  – Red Lion Folk Club,

Vicarage Road, King’s Heath B14 7LY   7.45pm

http://www.redlionfolkclub.co.uk

April

Sun 8   Hitchin  – with Mike Silver – Hitchin Folk Club,

The Sun Hotel, High Street, SG5 1AF  doors 7.30pm

Tickets: 01462 812391 or e-mail: goodmusic@hitchinfolkclub.co.uk

http://www.hitchinfolkclub.idnet.net

Fri 20  Bolton  Bromley Cross Folk Club,at The Barlow, Bolton Road, Edgworth BL7 0AP 8pm

Tickets/info:   07427 613783, or email:  arawc51@gmail.com.

http://www.bromleycrossfolkclub.org.uk

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CHRISTMAS TOUR DATES 2017

 

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

 

ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT is coming to venues in Cambridgeshire, Wiltshire, Bedfordshire, Worcestershire, Devon, and of course our home county of Gloucestershire.

So do book your tickets now! See below for all the details of dates and venues.

Also there’s a great review of the new album in the current issue of The Living Tradition magazine – see below

 

 

TOUR DATES – DECEMBER  2017

DECEMBER

“ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT” CHRISTMAS TOUR  – Carols, Songs, and Stories

JOHNNY COPPIN with PAUL BURGESS and DIK CADBURY

Thu 7  Huntingdon – Upwood Village Hall,  High St, Upwood,

Cambs. PE26 2QE    7.45pm

Tickets: 07709 930398 or pndmcleod@btinternet.com

Fri  8  Corsham – Pound Arts, Pound Pill, Corsham, Wilts. SN13 9HX.   7.30pm

01249 701628/ 712618  poundarts.org.uk

Sat 9  Wotton under Edge – Under The Edge Arts, Chipping Hall, GL12 7AD. 8pm

utea.org.uk

Tues 12  Harlington – St Marys Church, Church Road nr Toddington, Beds.  LU5 6LE

7.45pm    Tickets  01525 714442 lindajwash@hotmail.com

Fri 15  Pershore Abbey  – Church Walk, WR10 1BB  — 7.30pm.

Tickets from “Blue” shop, 10 Broad Street and http://www.pauledwardsmusic.co.uk

 Sat 16  Stroud Subscription Rooms GL5 1AE 7.30pm  01453 760900

subscriptionrooms.org.uk  – with images by Martin Fry

Sun 17  Exeter – Tedburn St Mary Methodist Church, School Lane, EX6 6AA. 7.30pm

Tickets : 07837 532704     tsmtickets@btinternet.com

 Thu 21  Cheltenham  Bacon Theatre, GL51 6EP  7.30pm

01242 258002  bacontheatre.co.uk – with images by Martin Fry

 

 

THE NEW “ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT” ALBUM  

“A sweet album indeed.  Ideal to put under your Christmas tree, and then ensure that it is the first present you open, because you will need it playing full volume through your house to provide the perfect Christmas Day ambience.”  – The Living Tradition magazine

“A perfect record to settle down with alongside the port and mince pies.” – R2 Magazine

“A sincere and wonderfully arranged album” – Liverpool Sound & Vision

“This album takes us back to the true value and meaning of Christmas” – Folk Radio UK

“A fine album with great arrangements of both traditional and new songs.” – Forest FM

Playing on the album are Paul Burgess, Dik Cadbury, Karen Tweed,  and Geoff March. It was recorded at ffg Audio studio at Bredon near Tewkesbury;  and the album artwork has images by Martin Fry is designed by John Neilson.

The tracks include All On A Winter’s Night, Counting The Hours To Christmas, The Christmas Star ( by Kimmie Rhodes)Halsway Carol (by Nigel Eaton) Welcome In Another Year (by Zoe Mulford) , Mick Dolan’s tune A Connemara Christmas,  Snow In The Street (with words by William Morris), and classics like God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, In The Bleak Midwinter (with Gustav Holst’s tune “Cranham”)Gabriel’s Message (Basque carol with English words by Sabine Baring Gould),  and O Holy Night.

 

£13 (inc post and packing)  (£16 for European mainland / £17.50 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.

*NEW ALBUM REVIEW

 in the latest issue of The Living Tradition magazine – November 2017 

All On A Winter’s Night- JOHNNY COPPIN

Red Sky Records  RSKCD121

This has been launched at just the right time of year, in order to coincide with the “buy a Christmas gift” market.  And my job as a reviewer is – in part, at least – to advise you as to the wisdom or otherwise of parting with your hard-earned cash.

Before I start, a word to readers who have just arrived on Planet Earth from somewhere else in the galaxy, and know next to nothing about Johnny.  It is around 44 years now since I recall first seeing Decameron, that so distinctive group who had no real equivalent on the British folk scene.  And in this multi talented group that was ploughing its own furrow, one man’s extraordinary talent stood out.  And that was Johnny.  Has there ever been a more pure tenor voice at British folk festivals in my lifetime?  Fred Jordan and Walter Pardon would run him as close equal, but I can think of none to surpass the lyrical beauty of Johnny’s voice.  And miraculously, it is still there: showing none of the effects of the ravages of Old Father Time.

And here he positively dazzles.  He is ably assisted by his old Decameron buddy Dik Cadbury, TLT’s very own Paul Burgess, Karen Tweed, Steve Trigg, Geoff March and David Pickering-Pick (the last named co-producing with Johnny).  And here Johnny delivers a dozen tracks, all adhering to the Christmas/winter theme.

Not one dud, and surprisingly my best track award goes to the beautiful instrumental that brings up the rear.  A Connemara Christmas (Mick’s Tune), an Irish tune, is a fitting tribute to its writer, the late Mick Dolan.  And it sets the seal on an album, in the same way that after a long day trudging through a prolonged blizzard, you finally make your way home to a log fire and the pleasure of looking out the window as the snow sets the seal on the day and makes your garden as pretty as any in your street.

But before that, we have a mixture of conventional carols like In The Bleak Midwinter with its famous setting to the Gustav Holst tune known as Cranham (named after the village and woods very near to where Johnny lives in Gloucestershire), as well as songs from France, Spain and the USA.  And some original compositions such as the title track, which evokes the magic of the run-up to Christmas.

And it was (in part) another original composition that almost vied with the Dolan beauty, for my favourite cut.  Snow In The Street are four verses of a William Morris poem: one that I had never encountered.  My loss.  Johnny’s setting of the poem is quite sublime, and gives the lie to those who say that poems are poems and song lyrics are song lyrics, and never the twain shall meet.  And this track followed How Far Is It To Bethlehem?…Johnny’s very decent setting of a poem by Frances Chesterton.

A sweet album indeed.  Ideal to put under your Christmas tree, and then ensure that it is the first present you open, because you will need it playing full volume through your house to provide the perfect Christmas Day ambience.        www.johnnycoppin.co.uk

Dai Woosnam

 

 

 

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Thank you so much for your support – 

I really do appreciate it,  and hope to see you at one of the Christmas concerts!

With kind regards,
Johnny

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

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

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NOVEMBER 2017- LATEST NEWS

JOHNNY COPPIN NEWSLETTER  –  NOVEMBER 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

What’s in this newsletter?

–  Latest News 

–  Christmas tour dates 

–  All On A Winters Night album and others by mail order 

–  Review of new album in Living Tradition magazine

–  Your feedback

–  My BBC acoustic radio shows – 5 available on listen again 

*LATEST NEWS

We are currently rehearsing for the Christmas Tour – Paul, Dik, and I are really looking forward to bringing

ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT to venues in Cambridgeshire, Wiltshire, Bedfordshire, Worcestershire, Devon, and of course our home county of Gloucestershire.

So do book your tickets now! See below for all the details of dates and venues.

There’s a great review of the new album in the current issue of The Living Tradition magazine  – see below for the full review –

And you’ve been sending in some wonderful comments and feedback…again see the emails and comments below.

Many thanks for your recent support at concerts and clubs last month.

Had a great time in Lingfield, Oakridge Village Hall, Dartford Folk Club, as well as the Le Jeuss Reunion with Martyn Wyndham-Read, Carolyn Robson, Stan Graham and so many others for a great few days at Halsway Manor in Somerset. On the first evening we all paid tribute to the late great Vin Garbutt with a concert full of his songs.

Recent gigs I’ve enjoyed include Carmina at Bristol, the Low Chimes album launch at The Goods Shed in Stroud, Edgelarks in Painswick, Velvet & Stone at The Prince Albert, Colin Pitts and Si Barron at Barny’s in Stroud, and Mary-Jess at Gloucester Cathedral.

On TV – on Vintage TV, I loved the live sessions from Americana singer/songwriter Patty Griffin, and Newton Faulkner plus interviews with Paul BradyJudy Collins, and Paul Young – then there was the BBC documentary and concert by the late George Michael.

I was very sad to hear about the passing of Tom Paley, and Fats Domino (”Blueberry Hill”,  “Ain’t That a Shame”).

TOUR DATES – DECEMBER  2017

DECEMBER

“ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT” CHRISTMAS TOUR  – Carols, Songs, and Stories

JOHNNY COPPIN with PAUL BURGESS and DIK CADBURY

Thu 7  Huntingdon – Upwood Village Hall,  High St, Upwood,

Cambs. PE26 2QE    7.45pm

Tickets: 07709 930398 or pndmcleod@btinternet.com

 

Fri  8  Corsham – Pound Arts, Pound Pill, Corsham, Wilts. SN13 9HX.   7.30pm

01249 701628/ 712618  poundarts.org.uk

 

Sat 9  Wotton under Edge – Under The Edge Arts, Chipping Hall, GL12 7AD. 8pm

utea.org.uk

 

Tues 12  Harlington – St Marys Church, Church Road nr Toddington, Beds.  LU5 6LE

7.45pm    Tickets  01525 714442 lindajwash@hotmail.com

 

Fri 15  Pershore Abbey  – Church Walk, WR10 1BB  — 7.30pm.

Tickets from “Blue” shop, 10 Broad Street and http://www.pauledwardsmusic.co.uk

 

Sat 16  Stroud Subscription Rooms GL5 1AE 7.30pm  01453 760900

subscriptionrooms.org.uk  – with images by Martin Fry

 

Sun 17  Exeter – Tedburn St Mary Methodist Church, School Lane, EX6 6AA. 7.30pm

Tickets : 07837 532704     tsmtickets@btinternet.com

 

Thu 21  Cheltenham  Bacon Theatre, GL51 6EP  7.30pm

01242 258002  bacontheatre.co.uk – with images by Martin Fry

 

–  I AM  TAKING BOOKINGS for next year 2018

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

perhaps for a special celebration or maybe you’d like to put on a house concert!

* THE NEW “ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT” ALBUM  

“A sweet album indeed.  Ideal to put under your Christmas tree, and then ensure that it is the first present you open, because you will need it playing full volume through your house to provide the perfect Christmas Day ambience.”  – The Living Tradition magazine

“A perfect record to settle down with alongside the port and mince pies.” – R2 Magazine

“A sincere and wonderfully arranged album” – Liverpool Sound & Vision

“This album takes us back to the true value and meaning of Christmas” – Folk Radio UK

“A fine album with great arrangements of both traditional and new songs.” – Forest FM

Playing on the album are Paul Burgess, Dik Cadbury, Karen Tweed,  and Geoff March. It was recorded at ffg Audio studio at Bredon near Tewkesbury;  and the album artwork has images by Martin Fry is designed by John Neilson.

The tracks include All On A Winter’s Night, Counting The Hours To Christmas, The Christmas Star ( by Kimmie Rhodes)Halsway Carol (by Nigel Eaton) Welcome In Another Year (by Zoe Mulford) , Mick Dolan’s tune A Connemara Christmas,  Snow In The Street (with words by William Morris), and classics like God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, In The Bleak Midwinter (with Gustav Holst’s tune “Cranham”)Gabriel’s Message (Basque carol with English words by Sabine Baring Gould),  and O Holy Night.

On sale at all concerts, and by mail order and telephone- see below.

* YOUR FEEDBACK

“I just wanted to let you know that the CDs have arrived here in California. Thank you so much for your prompt action and service

I have fond memories of seeing you both in Cheltenham when I was a student and when I worked Harlington Upper School and organized a couple of visits from you. From the flyer you inserted it looks like you are going back to Harlington. Your Cheltenham Christmas concerts were a real highlight of the year for me and my wife and friends. I can’t wait to hear the the music again “– N.W. in California, USA

“Your gig at Dartford last night was a wonder and a joy. Thank you for ALL the music! I’m glad to be on your mailing list already and in possession of all your albums, including the newest” – L.B in Kent

“It was so lovely to see you last night (at Dartford) and I can’t believe it was the first time I saw you do a full gig! You were great, Julian & I thoroughly enjoyed it (and I currently have “Far away… Far away…” going round and round in my head)” -D.K in Herts

“Just to say we really enjoyed your concert at Oakridge Village hall on Saturday.  Hope you play there again sometime.  Also enjoying the CD and Gloucestershire Rhymes book” – R.C in Glos.

“What a great evening! A most enthusiastic audience and so many of my favourite songs” –  K.G in Glos.

“ I just wanted to send you this e-mail to thank you so very much for your top class input at the La Jeuss Reunion, Halsway Manor. Your top quality performance, playing and personality will keep the La Jeuss legacy going and all of the people present so enjoyed your music and company. On behalf of everyone so many many thanks.  Take care and safe travels”   – Martyn and Danni W-R

“Great to see you last week (at Halsway Manor) and spend time with you.  Gerardine and I have almost worn Borderland out playing it over and over again this weekend, it’s terrific.” –  N.W in Dorset

“Thank you for all your hard work (at Halsway Manor) and for a great concert on Tuesday. You really are part of the group and your workshop was excellent, everyone said it was brilliant and they got a lot out of it.” – S.G in Yorkshire

“My husband went to see Johnny at Faringdon last year and bought 2 of his CD’s which I have been playing non stop in my car.  Thank you for great music.” – T.C in Oxfordshire

“It must be over 40 years ago, shortly after my parents moved to Exeter, that I saw a band called Decameron. I think it was at the Northcott Theatre. They were new to me, I liked them and I still have an album or two somewhere in the house from that time.  They seemed to disappear and I wondered what happened to them. While I have always enjoyed folk music, it is only in recent years that I have become a really keen fan of the current folk scene and nowadays I go to see both established and emerging artists as often as I can. Phil Beer mentioned Decameron at one of his gigs which was nice to hear. However, although I have seen your radio show advertised for some time now I have only just made the connection with Decameron.I am so pleased to have this chance to say thank you very much not just for inspiring me at the Northcott all those years ago but also for supporting, via your show, many of the artists that I now follow. Thanks again and best wishes” – S. H

*NEW ALBUM REVIEW

 in the latest issue of The Living Tradition magazine – November 2017 

All On A Winter’s Night- JOHNNY COPPIN

Red Sky Records  RSKCD121

This has been launched at just the right time of year, in order to coincide with the “buy a Christmas gift” market.  And my job as a reviewer is – in part, at least – to advise you as to the wisdom or otherwise of parting with your hard-earned cash.

Before I start, a word to readers who have just arrived on Planet Earth from somewhere else in the galaxy, and know next to nothing about Johnny.  It is around 44 years now since I recall first seeing Decameron, that so distinctive group who had no real equivalent on the British folk scene.  And in this multi talented group that was ploughing its own furrow, one man’s extraordinary talent stood out.  And that was Johnny.  Has there ever been a more pure tenor voice at British folk festivals in my lifetime?  Fred Jordan and Walter Pardon would run him as close equal, but I can think of none to surpass the lyrical beauty of Johnny’s voice.  And miraculously, it is still there: showing none of the effects of the ravages of Old Father Time.

And here he positively dazzles.  He is ably assisted by his old Decameron buddy Dik Cadbury, TLT’s very own Paul Burgess, Karen Tweed, Steve Trigg, Geoff March and David Pickering-Pick (the last named co-producing with Johnny).  And here Johnny delivers a dozen tracks, all adhering to the Christmas/winter theme.

Not one dud, and surprisingly my best track award goes to the beautiful instrumental that brings up the rear.  A Connemara Christmas (Mick’s Tune), an Irish tune, is a fitting tribute to its writer, the late Mick Dolan.  And it sets the seal on an album, in the same way that after a long day trudging through a prolonged blizzard, you finally make your way home to a log fire and the pleasure of looking out the window as the snow sets the seal on the day and makes your garden as pretty as any in your street.

But before that, we have a mixture of conventional carols like In The Bleak Midwinter with its famous setting to the Gustav Holst tune known as Cranham (named after the village and woods very near to where Johnny lives in Gloucestershire), as well as songs from France, Spain and the USA.  And some original compositions such as the title track, which evokes the magic of the run-up to Christmas.

And it was (in part) another original composition that almost vied with the Dolan beauty, for my favourite cut.  Snow In The Street are four verses of a William Morris poem: one that I had never encountered.  My loss.  Johnny’s setting of the poem is quite sublime, and gives the lie to those who say that poems are poems and song lyrics are song lyrics, and never the twain shall meet.  And this track followed How Far Is It To Bethlehem?…Johnny’s very decent setting of a poem by Frances Chesterton.

A sweet album indeed.  Ideal to put under your Christmas tree, and then ensure that it is the first present you open, because you will need it playing full volume through your house to provide the perfect Christmas Day ambience.        www.johnnycoppin.co.uk

Dai Woosnam

*ALBUMS on sale now!

All On A Winter’s Night- the very latest album!

Borderland 

The Winding Stair

The Gloucestershire Collection

for £13 (inc post and packing)

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

Line of Blue 

Roll On Dreamer 

Edge of Day – with Laurie Lee

West Country Christmas

A Country Christmas

The Glorious Glosters

for £11 each (inc post and packing)

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

Also available is

Afterwords – the live Decameron album from 2001

For £13 (inc post and packing)

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

and

Gloucestershire Rhymes book by Edward Berryman  

in of aid of The Hop Skip & Jump Play & Support Centre for children with life-threatening illnesses or special needs (Seven Springs Foundation)  costs just £5 at concerts  – and by mail order £7 inc post and packing. 

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.

*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 you can 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

Sat 21 October new tracks from Cara Dillon, Jon Boden, Sam KellyThe East Pointers, Gloucestershire band Low Chimes, Anne Sumner & Stephen Nurse, and Banter  Plus music from  Fairport Convention, Ross & Ali, and Reg Meuross

Sat 28 October new tracks from Julie Fowlis, Martin Hayes Quartet,  Megan Henwood, Velvet & Stone, and Fiona Kennedy  Plus a re-issue of a classic album by Davy Graham  Also there’s a look-ahead to gigs in the area with music from John Smith, Trio Dhoore, Niamh Parsons, and Morfa

Sat 4 November  The special guest will be local writer and performer Martin Graebe Talking about his new book on the folk song collector Baring Gould. There’s new tracks from Blue Rose Code, local singer songwriter Saskia, Peter Knights Gigspanner, and bluegrass from actor Steve Martin with The Steep Canyon Rangers, Plus music from Megson, and Phil King

Sat 11 November  The special guest will be Gloucestershire singer/songwriter Edd Donovan playing two songs in session. There’s music for the Remembrance Weekend from Coope Boyes & SimpsonJanet Dowd, and Gerry Aitchison from Bristol

Plus new tracks from Martha Tilston, and Stu Larsen, music from Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, and Chris Quinn

Sat 18 November  The special guest will be singer/songwriter Saskia Griffiths-Moore with her new album –

There’s also new tracks from India Electric Co., Frigg,  Kim Lowings & The Greenwood, and Assembly Lane As well as music from Adam Holmes and The Embers, and Talisk

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Thank you so much for your continued support – 

I really do appreciate it,  and hope to see you at one of the Christmas concerts!


With kind regards,
Johnny

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

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

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TOUR DATES – October to December 2017

TOUR DATES – OCTOBER to DECEMBER  2017

OCTOBER

9 to 12 – Halsway Manor, Somerset – tutoring songwriting and guitar

at the Le Jeusseliniere Reunion week.

With Martyn Wyndham-Read, Carolyn Robson, and Stan Graham

Sat 14 –  Stroud – The Village Hall, Oakridge Lynch,nr Stroud. GL6 7NZ.  8pm

All profits to the Village Hall fund – Tickets 01285 760551

Tues 17 – Dartford Folk Club, Working Men’s Club,

Essex Road, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2AU    8.30pm

tickets from Marj Mitchell  01322 277218        hawleymkm@aol.com

DECEMBER

“ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT” CHRISTMAS TOUR  -Carols, Songs, and Stories

JOHNNY COPPIN with PAUL BURGESS and DIK CADBURY

Thu 7  Huntingdon – Upwood Village Hall,  High St, Upwood,

Cambs. PE26 2QE    7.45pm

Tickets: 07709 930398 or pndmcleod@btinternet.com

 

Fri  8  Corsham – Pound Arts, Pound Pill, Corsham, Wilts. SN13 9HX.   7.30pm                              01249 701628/ 712618  poundarts.org.uk

 

Sat 9  Wotton under Edge – Under The Edge Arts, Chipping Hall, GL12 7AD. 8pm

utea.org.uk

 

Tues 12  Harlington – St Marys Church, Church Road nr Toddington, Beds.  LU5 6LE

7.45pm    Tickets  01525 714442 lindajwash@hotmail.com

 

Fri 15  Pershore Abbey  – Church Walk, WR10 1BB  — 7.30pm.

Tickets from “Blue” shop, 10 Broad Street and http://www.pauledwardsmusic.co.uk

 

Sat 16  Stroud Subscription Rooms GL5 1AE 7.30pm  01453 760900

subscriptionrooms.org.uk  – with images by Martin Fry

 

Sun 17  Exeter – Tedburn St Mary Methodist Church, School Lane, EX6 6AA. 7.30pm

Tickets : 07837 532704     tsmtickets@btinternet.com

 

Thu 21  Cheltenham  Bacon Theatre, GL51 6EP  7.30pm

01242 258002  bacontheatre.co.uk – with images by Martin Fry

–  I AM  TAKING BOOKINGS for next year 2018

Do get in touch…  You may know of a potential venue or Village Hall? – perhaps for a special celebration or maybe you’d like to put on a house concert!

* THE NEW “ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT” ALBUM  

“A perfect record to settle down with alongside the port and mince pies.” – R2 Magazine

“A sincere and wonderfully arranged album” – Liverpool Sound & Vision

“This album takes us back to the true value and meaning of Christmas” – Folk Radio UK

“A fine album with great arrangements of both traditional and new songs.” – Forest FM

 

Playing on the album are Paul Burgess, Dik Cadbury, Karen Tweed,  and Geoff March. 

It was recorded at ffg Audio studio at Bredon near Tewkesbury;  and the album artwork has images by Martin Fry is designed by John Neilson.

The tracks include All On A Winter’s Night, Counting The Hours To Christmas, The Christmas Star ( by Kimmie Rhodes)Halsway Carol (by Nigel Eaton) Welcome In Another Year (by Zoe Mulford) , Mick Dolan’s tune A Connemara Christmas,  Snow In The Street (with words by William Morris), and classics like God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, In The Bleak Midwinter (with Gustav Holst’s tune “Cranham”)Gabriel’s Message (Basque carol with English words by Sabine Baring Gould),  and O Holy Night.

On sale at all concerts, and by mail order and telephone- see below.

For £13 (inc post and packing) (£16 for European mainland / £17.50 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.
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LATEST NEWS – OCTOBER 2017

JOHNNY COPPIN  NEWS-  OCTOBER 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

What’s in this news?

–  Latest News 

–  Autumn and Christmas tour dates 

–  All On A Winters Night album and others by mail order 

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

–  My BBC acoustic radio shows – 5 available on listen again 

*LATEST NEWS

This month I’m excited to be playing at Oakridge Village Hall near Stroud on Saturday 14th October all in aid of the Village Hall fund

and then returning to play at one of my favourite folk clubs at Dartford in Kent on Tuesday 17th October. Hope to see you at one of these! – details are below.

Before that, this week I’m looking forward to joining Martyn Wyndham-Read, Carolyn Robson, and Stan Graham and many others at Halsway Manor in Somerset for Le Jeusseliniere Reunion week.

Where has the year gone! All my Christmas Tour dates have been announced – so do book your tickets now! See below for details.

Many thanks for your recent support last month.

Had a great time at the concert near Oswestry. It was  a delight to share the concert with Vera Van Heeringen, Annette Batty, Tom Browne, and John Neilson (brother of my partner Kathy) who, not only was the co-promoter, but also played accordion, piano, and bouzouki on my songs!

Recent gigs I’ve enjoyed include The Bob Porter Project  at Barny’s in Stroud;

Black Feathers supported by Blondes with Beards;

The Stroud Folk Weekend where I saw Briga, Martin and Shan Graebe, Discovery, Blondes with Beards and many more – plus last weekend at the Forest of Dean Folk Club, it was so good to hear Colum Sands with his fine songs and stories from Northern Ireland.

On TV – I loved a live session on Vintage TV from Canadian singer/songwriter Christina Martin  – and the start of a new documentary series by the brilliant Nile Rodgers on the BBC.

TOUR DATES – OCTOBER to DECEMBER  2017

OCTOBER

9 to 12 – Halsway Manor, Somerset – tutoring songwriting and guitar

at the Le Jeusseliniere Reunion week.

With Martyn Wyndham-Read, Carolyn Robson, and Stan Graham

Sat 14 –  Stroud – The Village Hall, Oakridge Lynch,nr Stroud. GL6 7NZ.  8pm

All profits to the Village Hall fund – Tickets 01285 760551

Tues 17 – Dartford Folk Club, Working Men’s Club,  Essex Road, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2AU    8.30pm   tickets from Marj Mitchell  01322 277218        hawleymkm@aol.com

DECEMBER

“ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT” CHRISTMAS TOUR  -Carols, Songs, and Stories

JOHNNY COPPIN with PAUL BURGESS and DIK CADBURY

Thu 7  Huntingdon – Upwood Village Hall,  High St, Upwood,

Cambs. PE26 2QE    7.45pm

Tickets: 07709 930398 or pndmcleod@btinternet.com

 

Fri  8  Corsham – Pound Arts, Pound Pill, Corsham, Wilts. SN13 9HX.   7.30pm                              01249 701628/ 712618  poundarts.org.uk

 

Sat 9  Wotton under Edge – Under The Edge Arts, Chipping Hall, GL12 7AD. 8pm

utea.org.uk

 

Tues 12  Harlington – St Marys Church, Church Road nr Toddington, Beds.  LU5 6LE

7.45pm    Tickets  01525 714442 lindajwash@hotmail.com

 

Fri 15  Pershore Abbey  – Church Walk, WR10 1BB  — 7.30pm.

Tickets from “Blue” shop, 10 Broad Street and http://www.pauledwardsmusic.co.uk

 

Sat 16  Stroud Subscription Rooms GL5 1AE 7.30pm  01453 760900

subscriptionrooms.org.uk  – with images by Martin Fry

 

Sun 17  Exeter – Tedburn St Mary Methodist Church, School Lane, EX6 6AA. 7.30pm

Tickets : 07837 532704     tsmtickets@btinternet.com

 

Thu 21  Cheltenham  Bacon Theatre, GL51 6EP  7.30pm

01242 258002  bacontheatre.co.uk – with images by Martin Fry

 

–  I AM  TAKING BOOKINGS for next year 2018

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

perhaps for a special celebration or maybe you’d like to put on a house concert!

 

* THE NEW “ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT” ALBUM  

“A perfect record to settle down with alongside the port and mince pies.” – R2 Magazine

“A sincere and wonderfully arranged album” – Liverpool Sound & Vision

“This album takes us back to the true value and meaning of Christmas” – Folk Radio UK

“A fine album with great arrangements of both traditional and new songs.” – Forest FM

Playing on the album are Paul Burgess, Dik Cadbury, Karen Tweed,  and Geoff March. 

It was recorded at ffg Audio studio at Bredon near Tewkesbury;  and the album artwork has images by Martin Fry is designed by John Neilson.

The tracks include All On A Winter’s Night, Counting The Hours To Christmas, The Christmas Star ( by Kimmie Rhodes)Halsway Carol (by Nigel Eaton) Welcome In Another Year (by Zoe Mulford) , Mick Dolan’s tune A Connemara Christmas,  Snow In The Street (with words by William Morris), and classics like God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, In The Bleak Midwinter (with Gustav Holst’s tune “Cranham”)Gabriel’s Message (Basque carol with English words by Sabine Baring Gould),  and O Holy Night.

On sale at all concerts, and by mail order and telephone- see below.

*ALBUMS on sale now!

All On A Winter’s Night- the very latest album!

Borderland 

The Winding Stair

The Gloucestershire Collection

for £13 (inc post and packing)

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

Line of Blue 

Roll On Dreamer 

Edge of Day – with Laurie Lee

West Country Christmas

A Country Christmas

The Glorious Glosters

for £11 each (inc post and packing)

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

Also available is

Afterwords – the live Decameron album from 2001

For £13 (inc post and packing)

(£16 for European mainland / £17.50 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.

*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

Sat 9 September – new tracks from Paul Brady, Artisan Row, Fiona Kennedy, Tom Russell, Gloucestershire duo The Black Feathers, and local singer/songwriter Saskia Plus music from Chris Foster, The Rosellys, Hilary Pavey, Mairearad Green and Mike Vass

Sat 16 September new tracks from Leveret, Bruce Cockburn, Martin Simpson, and Banter Plus a look-ahead to the Stroud Folk Weekend and other events with music from Briga, Thea Gilmore, The Breath, Merry Hell,  and 2 local acts Martin and Shan Graebe, and Keith Thompson

Sat 23 September new tracks from Paul Brady, The Young ‘Uns,  Kim Lowings and the Greenwood, Willie Watson, and Shake The Chains project Plus music from Megson, Briga, Rainbow Girls, Ewan McLennan,  Sarah McQuaid, and Gloucestershire duo Discovery

Sat 30 September new tracks from Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, AlawHannah Sanders & Ben Savage, and Gloucestershire duo The Black Feathers Plus music from Slaid Cleaves, Carmina, Colum Sands, Ian A Anderson, and Roving Crows

Sat 7 October new tracks from Richard Thompson,  The Young Uns,  The East Pointers from Canada, and Frigg from Finland – Plus a tribute to the late Tom Paley – a friend of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan,  and music from Baka BeyondMethera, Harry Bird & The Rubber Wellies,  Colin Pitts, Gloucestershire duo Unsung Roots, and Pierre Bensusan.

Thank you so much as ever for your continued support – 

I really appreciate it,  and hope to see you at a concert soon!


With kind regards,
Johnny

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

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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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