JOHNNY COPPIN NEWSLETTER – NOVEMBER 2017
P O Box 27, Stroud, Glos. GL6 0YQ
tel no. 01453 885088
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“Unquestionably at the top of his game” – Acoustic magazine
What’s in this newsletter?
– Latest News
– Christmas tour dates
– All On A Winter’s 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
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 Brady, Judy 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
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Tues 12 Harlington – St Marys Church, Church Road nr Toddington, Beds. LU5 6LE
7.45pm Tickets 01525 714442 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
*ALBUMS on sale now!
All On A Winter’s Night- the very latest album!
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)
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 Kelly, The 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 Knight’s 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 & Simpson, Janet 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
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,
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