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What’s in this newsletter?

–  Latest News 

–  New compilation album – 30 Songs 

–  Concert dates and Songwriting Weekend

–  Albums for sale 

–  Feedback 

–  BBC Acoustic programme on 4 radio stations across the West Sundays at midnight



I’m really looking forward to my concert with Mike Silver 

on Friday 22nd March at Highworth in Wiltshire – our first together for a while –

so I do hope you can make it!

Tickets from Derrick and Chris Beer      01793 762070

Then on 12th April I return to the fine Village Pump folk club in Trowbridge for a solo gig        Tickets and info: Pete 07941 611262

For details of all concerts see the date sheet below

My new 30 Songs compilation album is now available …     

See below for all the details.

Many many thanks for all your kind feedback from recent concerts and albums – again see below.


It’s been an amazing few weeks for seeing live music.

Kathy and I saw the wonderful Canadian artist Loreena McKennit at Birmingham Town Hall on her Lost Souls Tour – beautiful songs, arrangements, with really fine musicians. We’ve loved her music for years, and it was great to meet her backstage afterwards. I’ve played her music both live and on my radio show – and my recent interview with her is still available on BBC Sounds – Sunday 24th Feb at midnight on BBC Bristol, Glos, Somerset, and Wilts. 

The other day I saw Ranagri (pron: Rannergr-i) for the first time, a band with great songs, energy, and amazing harp and flute playing, and the next day, the up-and-coming duo Harbottle & Jonas.

Before that I enjoyed:

The very talented Henry Bateman and his band launching their new album;

Cara Dillon supported by Gloucestershire singer/songwriter Molly-Anne;

And Louise Mosrie a singer/songwriter over from America;

Discovery and Silver Sam at Barny’s in Stroud.


My new 30 Songs compilation album 

Here are thirty songs that mean such a lot to me. They cover several decades and are taken from twelve different albums; from my first solo album Roll on Dreamer in 1978 through to Borderland in 2014.

The first CD has 15 songs that feature my band, with some very fine musicians and singers such as Phil Beer, Mick Dolan, Matt Clifford, Anthony Head, Mick Candler, Trevor Foster, John Broomhall, Pete Acock, Steve Dolan, Gareth Sampson, Steve Hutt, Tony Bennett, and Bill Zorn.  Songs include – When All Is Said and Done, We Shall Not Pass, New Day, Believe in You, Catherine, Celebrate My Life, and Everybody Knows  almost all of the tracks are not available on any other CD.

The second CD is a personal acoustic selection – 15 tracks with the talents of Mike Silver, Phil Beer, Paul Burgess, Mick Dolan, Matt Clifford, Paul Metsers and Geoff March.

Throughout the recording process, I’ve been very lucky to have worked with three fine pairs of ears, Mick Dolan, John Acock, and David Pickering-Pick. I really enjoyed putting this new compilation together, and hope you’ll enjoy listening!

Available by mail order and cheque – or by phone for credit card details. Do leave your phone number – you can also email your phone number for us to call you back.

£16 inc P&P     (£18 for European mainland / £19.50 for rest of the world)




Fri 22  Highworth – with Mike Silver at United Reform Church, Highworth, Wiltshire SN6 7AQ .7.45pm

Tickets from Derrick and Chris Beer

01793 762070


Fri 12 Trowbridge  – Friday Folk at The Lamb Inn, Mortimer Street, Trowbridge BA14 8BN   8pm – With support from Paul Openshaw  – Tickets and info Pete 07941 611262


10-12  A Songwriting Weekend in Stroud – just 1 place remaining – phone or email for details.

Sun 19  Hitchin – with Mike Silver  – The Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin SG5 1AF doors 7.30pm  

Tickets: 01462 812391 or e-mail:


Thu 13 – Gloucester Music Festival – with Paul Burgess – St Mary de Crypt Church, Southgate Street GL1 1TP. 7.45pm

Free tickets will be available from Gloucester Music Festival online.

And looking ahead….


12 -14  Bromsgrove Folk Festival – with Mike Silver  – other acts include: Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies, Churchfitters, Enda Kenny, The Lost Notes, Richard Digance, Anthony John Clarke.

Venue: The Bowling Green, Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior B60 4BH

tickets from

Sat 20  Hartpury near Gloucester – with Paul Burgess  “Songs of Gloucestershire and Beyond” 

The Village Hall, Old Over Road, Hartpury GL19 3FD. Doors 7pm  start 7.30pm

tickets:  01684 772178


We already have dates for the 2019 Christmas Tour 

But we are looking for a few more – perhaps you have some ideas?

Also, if you are interested in a house concert, or a special celebration evening, do get in touch.



Re 30 Songs.  “Super CD, thank you Johnny!” – B.P in Germany

“We thoroughly enjoyed your concert at Pimperne, Dorset! Having never come across your music before, I now have several of your CDs and listen to them frequently in the car. You have a beautiful, pure, enchanting voice.

You came highly recommended by Poacher’s Moon, who I have seen many times and who did a gig here in Blandford a couple of weeks before yours. So glad they did! Really love your style of music. Now looking forward to hearing your arrangements for the poetry selections, which are beautiful and evocative, even though I have never been to your neck of the woods. Thanks again” – G.R in Dorset

“You won’t remember me, but I purchased  five of your albums a few years ago online.  I don’t have a history of purchasing  folk music, I have spent most of the last 50 years experiencing jazz and contemporary artists on both sides of the Atlantic;  from Jack Jones to Sinatra,  Ornette Coleman to Charles Aznavour.

In the early 1970’s Aznavour told me that …  ‘some artists are great  …   but you will know.’  Having listened extensively to your music now for a few years … you are clearly such an artist. You possess an emotional level of communication that crosses the footlights and touches the audience, it is a gift”. – J.F

“Thank you so much for sending me the words, I really appreciate it. As I said, the book “ Forest and Vale and High Blue Hill”, means a great deal to me, as does the CD. “Cotswold lad” is a particular favourite, commited to memory, as is “This Night The Stars”. – J.D


*ALBUMS on sale 

My new 2 CD album 30 Songs for £16 inc P&P

(£18 for European mainland / £19.50 for rest of the world)

All On A Winter’s Night


The Winding Stair

The Gloucestershire Collection

Breaking The Silence – with Mike Silver 

for £13 (inc post and packing)

(£16 for European mainland / £17.50 for rest of the world)

Line of Blue 

Roll On Dreamer 

West Country Christmas

A Country Christmas

Edge of Day – with Laurie Lee

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 phoning 01453 885088  leave a message and do leave your phone number –

you can also email your phone number for us to call you back.

or you can post a cheque with your order to

Red Sky Records, P O Box 27, Stroud, GL6 0YQ. UK.



now on BBC Sounds and every Sunday at midnight across the West

on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, BBC Bristol, BBC Somerset, and BBC Wiltshire

on FM, AM, DAB, online and listen again for 30 days on BBC Sounds! 

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

These shows are still available to listen again on BBC Sounds

Sun 10th Feb

new tracks from Ruth Notman & Sam Kelly, Daoiri Farrell, 

I’m With Her, Claire Hastings, Folklaw, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra,

Jacob & Drinkwater, Harbottle & Jonas

Plus a preview of forthcoming events with music from Michael McGoldrick, Lau, 

Hattie Briggs, Sound of the Sirens, Alden Patterson & Dashwood, 

Blue Rose Code, and Louise Mosrie

Sun 17th Feb

new tracks from Lau, Joshua Burnell, Henry BatemanSam Lewis,

Eamon Friel, and Rachel Croft

Plus a preview of forthcoming events with music from Karen Tweed, Joan Baez, 

Track Dogs, Jamie Smith’s Mabon, Ray Cooper, The Shackleton Trio, and Debra Hannis

Sun 24th Feb

The special guest is Canadian singer/songwriter Loreena McKennit

talking about her latest album and forthcoming UK tour.

There are also new tracks from the likes of Seth Lakeman, The Breath,

The Gloaming, Velvet & Stone, and Katey Brooks

Plus a preview of forthcoming events with music from The Trials of Cato,

Cara Dillon, Peter Knight’s Gigspanner, The Portraits, Pete Coe, Andy May,

and Molly-Anne

Sun 3rd March

The special guest is American singer/songwriter Sarah Darling

With a new single and two songs in session ahead of her UK tour.

There are also new tracks from the likes of Fisherman’s Friends, Elles Bailey,

Ranagri, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Saskia Griffiths-Moore, John Blek,

and Innes Watson

Plus there’s a preview of forthcoming events with music from Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, 

Harbottle & Jonas, Sam Carter, and Folklaw

Sun 10th March

The special guest is English singer/songwriter Saskia Griffiths-Moore

Talking about her new album and UK tour.

There are also new tracks from Damien Dempsey, Leveret, Hafdis Huld, 

Braden Gates, Ruth Notman and Sam Kelly, Dallahan

Plus a preview of forthcoming events with music from Olivia Chaney, 

Tommy Emmanuel, O’ Hooley & Tidow, Kitty Macfarlane, and Kevin Dempsey


Thank you so much for your continued support. 

Do hope to see you at a concert very soon!

With kind regards,

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