What’s in this newsletter?

–  Latest News 

–  Forthcoming dates 

–  Songwriting Weekend in May – one place available 

–  Albums for sale

–  BBC Acoustic programme


What a challenging winter it has been!

I’m really looking forward to some forthcoming concerts: 

Mike Silver and I return to the Red Lion Folk Club in Birmingham on Wed 21st March 

And then Hitchin Folk Club on Sunday 8th April.

On Friday 20th April I have a solo gig at The Bromley Cross Folk Club, near Bolton, Lancashire,

Followed by a charity concert with Paul Burgess on Friday 27th April in aid of Youth at Heart at Kings Stanley Village Hall , near Stroud

Details of all concerts are below

If you missed the recent 3 song session and interview I did on The Folk Show with Kevin O on Radio Winchcombe (Monday 12 February) here’s the link to listen again

A big thank you to everyone who came to one of my two concerts at Cheltenham Everyman Theatre studio early in March, in spite of the aftermath of snow. I really enjoyed playing there again..and hope to return there in the future.

Recent news

Concerts and clubs – Recently I was at Barny’s Club for an evening of beautiful photo sequences by Martin Fry, followed by songs from Nicola Clark. Also loved hearing the Harpers Ferry band at The Gloucester Folk Trail, Damien O’ Kane and band at The Fleece Inn at Bretforton, and of course my favourite Scottish band Skerryvore on their recent tour. Such incredible energy and musicianship!

Then there were 2 great nights at The Carpenters Arms in Miserden  – with young singer/songwriter Zoe Wren, and then Daria Kulesh with Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer, plus an excellent Irish Night at Minchinhampton Folk Club this week.

Music on TV – there’s a new Folk Show every Friday at 4pm on Keep It Country TV – on Freeview 87, Freesat 516, Sky 389  Info and guide

The Old Grey Whistle Test live show on BBC 4 was a fine mix of nostalgia,  and new acts like Robert Vincent, and Wildwood Kin.

On Vintage TV  (Freeview 82, Freesat 505 etc..) there was a long interview with Georgie Fame, and fine live sessions by UK band Orphan Colours, and Nashville singer Kandace Springs

Loved the World Indoor Athletics Champs.  GB won 7 medals…(4th in medal table but, in terms of number of medals, 2nd behind USA). There were gold medals for Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the pentathlon, and Andrew Pozzi in 60m hurdles. Laura Muir won silver for 1500m and bronze for 3000m, plus there were bronze medals for Eilidh Doyle in 400m, Shaleyna Oskan-Clarke in 800m, and for the Women’s 4x400m relay squad.

I was very sad to hear of the passing of Roger Bannister, Stephen Hawking,

the acclaimed Irish piper Liam O’ Flynn (from the group Planxty etc.),

and Ted Poole, the co-founder of Swindon Folk Song Club.




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


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:

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

Tickets/info:   07427 613783, or email:

Fri 27      Charity concert for Youth at Heart – with Paul Burgess –  

at King’s Stanley Village Hall, nr Stroud, Glos. GL10 3PN   7.30pm

tickets/info:  07951 835360


11-13 Songwriting Weekend – details below

Fri 18   Minsterworth Village Hall  – with Paul Burgess 7.45pm

tickets from Terry  01452 750160


Thu 14   Stroud  – concert with Paul Burgess – at St Laurence’s Church, in centre of Stroud (150th anniversity)   7.30pm

Tickets will be available from TIC at The Stroud Sub Rooms 01453 760900

Looking ahead…..some dates for your diary:

Fri 6th July – Wordfest at Gloucester Cathedral – “Forest and Vale and High Blue Hill” –  songs of the Gloucestershire poets.

The Lady Chapel 8.45 – 9. 45pm.  For details of all weekend events and tickets

Mon 1st October – Runcorn Folk Club, Runcorn Golf Club, Clifton Road, Runcorn, WA7 4SU  –  Roger Hanslip 01928 731567

Fri 5th October – Minchinhampton Church, nr Stroud – with Paul Burgess – a Charity concert in aid of Horsfall House       Information        tel 01453 882960

Fri 9th November – Gloucester Cathedral – “By Severn and Somme” a commemoration of the Centenary of end of WW1 – with Paul Burgess – 8pm  For details of all weekend events and tickets


A Songwriting Weekend with Johnny Coppin 

in Stroud, Gloucestershire 11-13 May 2018

There is just ONE place available

So please let me know as soon as possible if you’d like to join us

Each songwriter will have their own room to work in.

I’ll be working with each songwriter in turn on a one-to one basis.

There’ll be an informal session on Saturday evening,

and a final performance of all the new songs on Sunday afternoon

Tel 01453 885088    or  email

feedback from previous weekends…..

“Thanks so much for a great weekend, it was quite a learning experience for me and I got so much out of it.  You really are inspirational.

“Yes I really enjoyed the whole weekend, thanks for all your help, you are the Master! What a really great bunch of people and such a perfect setting”

“Thank you so much for your advice and encouragement.
Separating myself completely from the various pressures that I face and focus on being creative for a whole weekend is a great treat and we couldn’t have wished for a better setting or company”

“I just wanted to thank you once again for all your efforts which made for quite a challenging but very helpful weekend.  I especially enjoyed the one-to-one sessions –
the critical moments when the shape of a new piece starts to gel”

“Thank you for creating such a creative working  environment.
The food, hospitality, advice and encouragement all helped to make it a great weekend”

Fee is £200 – which includes supper on Friday and Saturday / lunch on Saturday and Sunday plus  tea/coffee/drinks/snacks

A cheque for £100 deposit is required to confirm booking
    —–     by Tel 01453 885088    or  email


* ALBUMS on sale now!

All On A Winter’s Night


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)

Please order by phone – 01453 885088  (leave message and your phone number if we are 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, online and listen again for 30 days!!!  on

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

Still available to listen again are:-

Sat 17th Feb – special guests are Velvet & Stone playing two songs in session

There are new tracks from Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, False Lights, Zoe Wren, and Saskia Griffiths-Moore

As well as a look-ahead to The Gloucester Folk Trail and other gigs in the area with music from  Damien O’ Kane, and local folk-rock band Bewelian

Sat 24th Feb – special guest is Damien Barber (from The Demon Barbers) talking about The Demon Barbers new show  “The Folk Fairy Tale” at the Tewkesbury Roses Theatre.

There’s new tracks from String Sisters, Hattie BriggsDarlingside,  Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente; and music from Martyn Joseph, Jim ReynoldsSpiro, and Vervain

Sat 3rd March – special guests are Alden, Patterson & Dashwood playing two songs in session

There’s also new tracks from Joan Baez, Merry Hell, Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham, and Son of Town Hall as well as music from Blazin’ Fiddles, Carmina, Daria KuleshVicki Swan & Jonny Dyer 

Sat 10th March – special guest is Damien O’Kane talking about his latest album

There’s also new tracks from Wildwood Jack, and Purcell’s Polyphonic Party 

As well as music from Skerryvore, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Lady Maisery, Tom McConville, and Dik Cadbury

Sat 17th March – St Patrick’s Day special – with Irish music from Damien Dempsey, Moya Brennan, Finbar FureySharon Shannon, Beoga, Ushers Island, and a tribute to the late Liam O’Flynn.

Plus – there’s a look-ahead to gigs in the area with music from Pete Coe, Nicola Clark, and Siobhan Miller


Thank you so much for your continued support – 

I really do appreciate it,  and hope to see you at one of the concerts!

With kind regards,

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