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

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