LATEST NEWS – Spring 2017


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“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 


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.


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.



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

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)



‘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

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

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


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!



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

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,

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