Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

What’s in this newsletter?

–  Latest News 

–  Fothcoming dates

–  Feedback from Christmas tour

–  Radio play of latest album

–  BBC Acoustic programme


Well, this winter seems to have thrown everything at us here in Britain – snow, gales, and an unusual number of bugs flying round – do hope you’ve not been too badly affected.

There are no concerts in January and February – but on Monday 12 February I am doing a live session and interview on The Folk Show with Kevin O on Radio Winchcombe at 7pm in the local area on 107.1 FM  or listen online   http://www.radiowinchcombe.co.uk

Then in March I have:

a rare solo appearance in Gloucestershire at The Everyman Studio Theatre in Cheltenham on the Sat 3rd March

Followed by a return to the Red Lion Folk Club in Birmingham with Mike Silver on Wed 21st March

And then in April:

Mike and I return to the Hitchin Folk Club on Sunday 8th April,

And I have a solo gig at The Bromley Cross Folk Club, near Bolton, Lancs on Friday 20th April

Details of all concerts are below…

Many thanks for all the feedback messages over the past month and many of these are below – Paul, Dik, Martin and I really appreciate your support!

Recent news

The Stroud Wassail went really well last weekend with the town brim full during the day with mummers, beasts, morris sides from near and far. At the end of the excellent Revels in the evening, I was able to lead the singing of my song The Five Valleys Wassail.

Also I enjoyed seeing the new production of Peter Bellamy’s The  Transports at Cheltenham Town Hall- with wonderful singing and playing from Faustus, The Young ‘Uns, Nancy Kerr, Greg Russell, and Rachael McShane.

Over Christmas I enjoyed hearing the BBC Radio 4 Soul Music programme on the beautiful song O Holy Night, and the BBC Radio 3 Carol Competition which was won by Bernard Trafford with his excellent setting of Sir Christemas.

Over the past few weeks, it’s been great to see all the Gloucestershire and Cotswold locations in the new Father Brown series on BBC 1 – including Blockley, Moreton in Marsh, Winchcombe, Gloucester Cathedral, Toddington railway station, and various big houses in the area.

On my recent radio programmes, I featured my Top Ten albums of 2017. In no particular order they are:-

Avenging & Bright by Damien O’Kane (Ire), Pretty Peggy by Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys (Eng), 

The Seventh Wave by Skipinnish (Sco), What We Leave Behind by The East Pointers(Canada), 

Strata by Siobhan Miller (Sco), Where The River Meets The Road by Tim O’ Brien (USA), Strangers by The Young ‘Uns (Eng),

Wild & Wicked Youth by Kim Lowings & The Greenwood (Eng),  Living Roots by Brendan Hendry & Jonny Toman (Ire), 

and Inventions by Leveret (Eng- Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron).




Mon 12   Live session and interview on The Folk Show with Kevin O on Radio Winchcombe  7pm on 107.1 FM or online   http://www.radiowinchcombe.co.uk


Sat 3       Cheltenham Everyman Studio Theatre – a rare solo appearance in Gloucestershire    – Regent Street, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ  8pm – small capacity – so BOOK EARLY!   Box office: 01242 572573           www.everymantheatre.org.uk

Wed 21   Birmingham – with Mike Silver  – Red Lion Folk Club, Vicarage Road, King’s Heath B14 7LY   7.45pm    www.redlionfolkclub.co.uk


Sun 8   Hitchin  – with Mike Silver – Hitchin Folk Club, The Sun Hotel, High Street, SG5 1AF  doors 7.30pm

Tickets: 01462 812391 or e-mail: goodmusic@hitchinfolkclub.co.uk   www.hitchinfolkclub.idnet.net

Fri 20  Bolton  Bromley Cross Folk Club,at The Barlow, Bolton Road, Edgworth BL7 0AP 8pm

Tickets/info:   07427 613783, or email:  arawc51@gmail.com.    www.bromleycrossfolkclub.org.uk



“Hi Johnny, I heard your excellent track “Welcome on the New Year” on Mark Radcliffe’s show this evening.” – J.N.M via Facebook

“A really special evening tonight (at Pound Arts in Corsham). Thanks very much Johnny” – D.W in Somerset

“We were really sorry to hear about your recent illness  and the problems it must have caused you. We were very fortunate to have been at The Pound in Corsham when you were in fine voice.  It was a truly wonderful evening and we enjoyed the contributions made by Paul Burgess and Dik Cadbury. It was an evening that will live long in the memory.  All on a Winter’s Night is a great Christmas Album, we have been enjoying it with some of your other Christmas songs “ – R & M.D

“Thank you for the joy you bring to our lives with your singing and music. We were at Corsham which was a brilliant start to the Christmas season. We look forward to enjoying more concerts next year. Happy Christmas” – A & R.P

“As always we really enjoyed your recent Christmas concert at The Pound Centre in Corsham – thank you so much – and of course thanks to Paul Burgess and Dik Cadbury too.” – R & G.C in Bath

“We are so sorry to hear you have not been well. We came to see you at Upwood and have been listening to all your Christmas CDs over the last few weeks. We just want to say thank you for all the musical joy you have given us over forty years. We still play early Decameron regularly.” – W & G.W in Cambs.

“Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for another fantastic concert at the Bacon Theatre (Cheltenham) last night. We thoroughly enjoyed the new songs, stories and Martin’s wonderful photographs, beautiful!
Thanks too for the birthday request, I had only been singing ‘Past Three O’clock’ earlier in the day, so excellent choice 😉
I finally bought the Laurie Lee CD to replace my worn out vinyl.
In Exmouth last week, Phil Beer remembered to tell me that you will be playing a duo set together 
at Shrewsbury Festival next year, so please look out for us, we will be there as tickets purchased already and very much looking forward to seeing you both play together again, lots of happy memories.” – H.A in Glos.

“Thank you all for the beauty of the music at your entrancing 2017 Christmas concert in Cheltenham. Your voices and playing seem to grow better with each new season! I particularly loved the old carols, and the exquisite French songs. And ‘Run, Rudolph, Run’, with Martin Fry’s witty slides of a tiny reindeer, was a treat.  I look forward to next year’s concert: a brilliant moment in a dark season!” – A.B in Glos

“I really enjoyed your Christmas concert (at Cheltenham). I think the first one I ever attended was at Shaftesbury Hall, and I have been every year since then at various venues” – S.K in Glos.

“Thanks for another wonderful gig with a difference to most years. Really enjoyed it – was very traditional” – A.

“Thanks for another great night (Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham).  We really appreciated you dedicating and singing O Holy Night. The whole audience seemed to be spellbound too. And all while having been unwell – a true professional” – A & D.T in Glos

“Just a quick thank-you for playing Song for Loders at The Bacon Theatre. It’s Christmas morning and so we run through all four Christmas albums. JC on Christmas Day is the one born in Essex as opposed to Bethlehem. BTW –  that other request you played (O Holy Night) which I hadn’t heard before, was fantastic.” – F.H in London

“I really appreciate you taking the time to reply – I expect you are busy.  We hope you feel better so you can enjoy Christmas after all you entertaining us. Look forward to attending more of yur concerts in the new year.  P.S brought the Album as a present on Thursday evening – so that great I as loved the song and the atmosphere.” – N.P

“Lovely show on Thursday, Johnny, at Bacon Theatre, followed by a pleasant half hour on Saturday on Radio Gloucestershire – L.M. via Facebook

” I just wanted to email you to say thank you for the way in which your music has enriched my life xx When I first saw you I was about 12 years old and you came to All Saints at Marlpool through Dave Perkins, and I have been listening to your music ever since xx mainly at this time of year and I wanted to say thank you” – C.H-G in Derbyshire 

“We were in Gloucestershire in June and saw you for the first time, we were on holiday from Australia it was fantastic” – G & J.W in Australia via Facebook



BBC Radio 2- The Folk Show – Mark Radcliffe played Welcome In Another Year on Wed 20th December.

BBC Radio Wales – Celtic Heartbeat – Frank Hennessey played Welcome In Another Year as first track on Sat 6th January show.

BBC Radio Shropshire – Genevieve Tudor played 2 tracks on Sun 3rd Dec All On A Winter’s Night and Halsway Carol.

BBC Nan Ghadail (Scotland) – Caithream Ciuil show played a track The Christmas Star  on Friday 15th December.

BBC Radio Lancashire, The Drift folk show, In The Bleak Midwinter track played on Sun 19th Nov  show.

The Folkal Point show that goes out from several radio stations in Scotland, track played on Dec 7th show plus Halsway Carol on 21st Dec show – also online via Blue and Roots Radio in Canada.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire  live interview with Dominic Cotter on 14th December.

Bay FM in Devon, Doug Parish played tracks on his acoustic show, also goes out on 10 Radio and Tone FM.

Moorlands Radio in Cheshire, Anything Goes show, played tracks and did a live phone interview with Simon on Sun 10th December

10 Radio in Somerset, the Folk, Roots and Branches show, track played on 7th Dec  show.

Forest FM in Hampshire, Forest Folk show, played tracks in December and also on their Christmas Day show.

Triangle Radio in Gloucestershire, Chris Arscott’s Folk show, tracks played in Nov and December – Counting The Hours To Christmas

and Sans Day Carol.

Crooked Road Radio, on Swindon FM and the net, track played on 30th Nov show.

Tempo FM in the Yorkshire, the FAB Folk and Blues show, played tracks in December.

BCB Radio in Bradford, the Into The Buttercup roots show played tracks.

Lincoln City Radio, Fine Folk show, track played on 28th Nov  show.

Future Radio in Norfolk, the Acoustic and Eclectic show, played tracks.

Brian Player Acoustic, goes out on Blues and Roots Radio from Canada, track played on 30th Nov show.

Felixstowe Radio in Suffolk, Roots and Shoots show, track played on 11th Nov  show.

Chorley FM, James Blatchley Folk show, track played in December.

Radio Winchcombe in Gloucestershire, the Folk Show with Kevin O, two tracks on 18th Dec show .


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

on FM, AM, DAB, online and listen again for 30 days!!!  on http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiogloucestershire

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

Still available to listen again are:-

Sat 23rd Dec – a special programme packed full of great music for Christmas and Midwinter –  from the likes of Maddy Prior, Emily Smith, St Agnes Fountain, Kate Rusby, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Belshazzar’s Feast, Winter Union, Al Lewis, Hattie Briggs, and Coope Boyes & Simpson

Sat 30th Dec – music for Midwinter and New Year – with new tracks from Skipinnish,Duncan Chisholm, May Monday, and Daria Kulesh As well as classic tracks from James Taylor, Waterson:CarthyLoreena McKennit, John Kirkpatrick, and Simon Mayor

Sat 6th Jan – features  Part One of the Top Ten best albums of 2017 –

By Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Skipinnish, The East Pointers, Siobhan Miller, Brendan Hendry & Jonny Toman Plus a new release from The Wailin’ Jennys, a new production of Peter Bellamy’s The Transports, and tracks from Fairport Convention, and Alden, Patterson and Dashwood

Sat 13th Jan – features Part Two of the Top Ten best albums of 2017 

With tracks from Damien O’Kane, Tim O’ Brien, The Young ‘Uns, Kim Lowings & The Greenwood, and Leveret – As well as new releases from Jim and Susie Malcolm, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Tracks from Skerryore, Hattie Briggs, and Ninebarrow,  and a preview of the Celtic Connections Festival

Sat 20th Jan – new tracks from Zoe Mulford, Blue Rose CodeThe Martin Hayes Quartet, Maeve Mackinnon, and Yvonne Lyon

As well as a look-ahead to gigs in the area with music from Fairport Convention, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Spikedrivers, Colin Pitts, and The Bully Wee Band 

Future guests on the programme will include 

Winter Wilson / Velvet & Stone / Chris Cleverley / Alden, Patterson & Dashwood


Thank you so much for your support – and

I hope to see you somewhere before too long.

Kind regards

johnny@johnnycoppin.co.uk          www.johnnycoppin.co.uk

Facebook page    http://www.facebook.com/johnnycoppin


This entry was posted in Concerts, General news, Mike Silver, Other events, Radio news, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.