P O Box 27, Stroud, Glos.  GL6 0YQ
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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 


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:

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 – 


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.



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:

Looking ahead..


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:


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

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

Tues 17  – Dartford Folk Club

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.


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


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

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,

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SHAKESPEARE TOUR dates  — July and August


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

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

tickets NOK 100 – 350


Tues 18th 8pm Edenbridge

Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG 

box office: 01732 866114 or

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 


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

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

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 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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

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


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

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 •

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:

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: 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 •

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:

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

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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