November/December Newsletter


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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  

–  Concert dates  – now until Christmas!

–  New All On A Winters Night album is out now!

–  First review of the new album

–  My BBC acoustic radio shows – available on listen again 


The new album is out at last! – “A wonderful arranged album” – Liverpool Sound & Vision


I’m really looking forward to the ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT CHRISTMAS TOUR – 

Here’s a reminder that we are starting at FERNHAM near FARINGDON,  and BRIDGWATER   This coming weekend – 2nd and 3rd December – 


There are also a few radio interviews coming up –

full details of these are in the Concerts section below



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

On sale at the Christmas concerts in December.

Or if not best to order by email or post.

Email all credit card details (inc security code on back)  in separate emails

or post a cheque or credit card details to

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

The price is £12.95 inc P&P

Phoning is more difficult as I’ll be on tour- and not around much to deal with phone orders.

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;  the album cover has images by Martin Fry and design by John Neilson.

“I’ve always loved the music associated with midwinter and the Christmas season.  I hope you’ll enjoy these carols and songs that have featured in my All On A Winter’s NIght concerts over the past few years.”

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.

The album is dedicated to the memory of my dad Alan, and in memory of Mick Dolan.


I am really looking forward to touring again with PAUL BURGESS and DIK CADBURY in Oxfordshire, Somerset (twice) , Hampshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, and Gloucestershire (twice).

The concerts at Stroud and Cheltenham are with GEOFF MARCH (cello) and images by MARTIN FRY

And the Nailsea concert will also have images by MARTIN FRY.

‘Unbelievably beautiful music…just what you need for Christmas’   English Dance & Song

‘A wonderful collection of traditional material and new gems’ Birmingham Post

‘Hugely enjoyable’ Manchester Evening News

All the Christmas tour details are listed below….so do hope you can join us!



Mon 28    BBC Radio Oxford interview at 14.30


ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT Tour with Paul Burgess & Dik Cadbury

Thu 1  BBC Radio Bristol/Somerset interview at 14.00

Fri 2  FARINGDON – Folk in Fernham – St John’s Church, Fernham nr Faringdon, Oxon. 7.30pm  Tickets –    Info from

 Sat 3  BRIDGWATER – McMillan Theatre, Lower Bath Rd, Bridgwater TA6 4PZ  8pm Tickets/Info  01278 556677

Sat 10  HAVANT – Spring Arts,  56 East St, Havant PO9 1BS 8pm   Tickets  023 9247 2700

Tue 13    BBC Radio Gloucestershire interview at 14.00

BBC Radio Stoke interview at 15.30

Wed 14  BIDDULPH – St Lawrence’s Church, Congleton Road, Biddulph. ST8 7RG   7.30pm  Tickets  Johnny Coppin’s ‘All on a Winter’s Night’   also 01782 523277   and several local outlets

Thu 15  BELPER – Christ Church   7.30 for 8pm Tickets/ Info: 01773 853428

Sat 17  STROUD – Subscription Rooms  7.30pm  Tickets/ Info  01453 760900  With GEOFF MARCH and images by MARTIN FRY

Sun 18  NAILSEA  – Tithe Barn, Nailsea, Somerset. Doors 7pm with Barley Rye Choir.

Tickets  01275 790 915

Thu 22  CHELTENHAM – Bacon Theatre 7.30pm Tickets/ Info  01242 258002     With GEOFF MARCH and images by MARTIN FRY


Johnny Coppin – All On A Winter’s Night. Red Sky Records RSKCD 121

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



“So pleased I was able to make your concert on Friday – a lovely venue with great acoustics. Thanks for doing lots of my favourite Gloucestershire songs (- makes me even more sad I never saw your 1980s TV prog on the Gloucestershire poets which I think I would have really liked.” – L H, Exeter

“Your concert last night was very enjoyable – there were a few songs I have not heard before, – but I should have requested the Cotswold tiles song!  Paul was in great form too, and you had a good number in the audience. Lovely acoustics in that room” – S E,  Stroud

“Brilliant gig on Friday at King’s School – I thought you were in excellent voice, and enjoyed everything. So nice to have a number of young people being so enthusiastic too!”- K G, Stroud


“I really appreciated your singing The Oxen for me, thank you, as it’s such a special song and one which I’ve made a point of playing every Christmas Eve ever since I first heard you sing it at the QEH in Bristol during the late 1990s.  I hope you’ve now recovered from the shock!  And thank goodness I won’t have to worry any longer about my cassette snapping, now that I have my brand new CD!” – R.D, Mid Wales

* ALBUMS available by Mail Order –

All On A Winter’s Night – NEW!

The Winding Stair
Breaking the Silence
 (with Mike Silver),
The Gloucestershire Collection
Afterwords the Decameron live album from 2001  –
these CDs are all £12.95 each.

(£15.75 for European mainland / £17 for rest of the world)

And at £10.95 are
3 earlier Christmas albums….
Keep the Flame,
West Country Christmas,
A Country Christmas,   


Line of Blue 

Roll on Dreamer
The Glorious Glosters 

All these CDs are £10.95 each.

(£13.75 for European mainland / £15 for rest of the world)

Note — Edge of Day – with Laurie Lee  THIS IS OUT OF STOCK

Albums are on sale at the Christmas concerts in December.

Or if not best to order by email or post.

Email all credit card details (inc security code on back)  in separate emails to

or post a cheque or credit card details to

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

*Note*   Phoning is more difficult as I’ll be on tour- and not around much to deal with phone orders.

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

playing acoustic music on FM, AM, online and now you can listen again for 30 days!!!  on 

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

These programmes are still available to listen again –

Sat 29 October – new tracks from Faustus, Damien Dempsey, Lisa Hannigan,John McSherry, Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow, and Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Plus a new single by Amy Goddard for the Aberfan Memorial Charity, As well as music by Andy Irvine

Sat 5 November –  new albums from MERRY HELL, SETH LAKEMAN, TIM EDEY, LUKE JACKSON, HEG AND THE WOLF CHORUS, THE CISRCLELINES  As well as a new single from up-and- coming Gloucestershire singer/songwriter HENRY BATEMANAnd music from THE DOVETAIL TRIO, and PETER KNIGHT’S GIGSPANNER

Sat 12 November – new tracks from Jim Moray, Lady Maisery, Martyn Joseph, and Winter Mountain, songs for Remembrance weekend from The Changing Room, and Merry Hell  Plus music from accordion queens Sharon Shannon, and Karen Tweed As well as Hank Wangford, and Canadian duo Fraser & Girard

Sat 19 November –tracks from Cara Dillon, Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, We Banjo 3,  The Furrow Collective, Methera, Ewen MacPherson, and Danielle Lewis  Plus from Welsh trio Alaw, and Paul Downes

Sat 26 November – new tracks from Steeleye Span, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Merry Hell, Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, and Chris Murphy  Scottish music from Skerryvore, and Ewen McPherson As well tracks from Plumhall, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, and local acoustic group Blondes With Beards

*** Looking ahead  – 2 special programmes full of acoustic Christmas music..

the 17th December radio show will be 60 mins from normal time of 17.30hrs on FM/AM, DAB  and online – and iPlayer for 30 days..

the 24th December radio show will be 65 mins from slightly earlier time of 17.00hrs on FM/AM, DAB  and online – and iPlayer for 30 days..


I really appreciate your support – just couldn’t do it all without you.

Hope to see you somewhere on tour very soon.

Kind regards,

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