P O Box 27, Stroud, Glos. GL6 0YQ 
tel no. 01453 885088 
johnny@johnnycoppin.co.uk          www.johnnycoppin.co.uk

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What’s in this newsletter?

–  Autumn and Christmas Tour Dates cancelled  

Sponsorship needed for a live Christmas album and my next solo album in 2021

–  Feedback

–  Live concert recording of Coppin & Silver

–  BBC Acoustic programme suspended! But every Friday choosing    Acoustic Track of the Week for Chris Baxter’s Late Show 

–  Albums for sale 

I do hope you are keeping safe and well in these difficult times. We must somehow keep positive and get through all this.
I’m really missing playing any concerts this Autumn and sadly there won’t be a Christmas Tour this year. However the exciting news is –  I’m working on a Live Christmas album, recorded at The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham last December! –  details are below.

I urgently need some sponsorship for this, so hopefully you may be able to help in some way.
For the past few months, I have been writing new songs for my next solo albumIn 2021 – and also welcome some sponsorship for this

I am very sorry to hear about the passing of the talented singer/songwriter Kieran Halpin,And also Marion MIller – singer, radio presenter on Rock Radio UK and Stroud FM, And organiser of The Quarry Festival in Avening, Glos.


NEW LIVE CHRISTMAS ALBUM In the absence of any Tour dates this December, I hope you’ll enjoy a live Christmas albumtogether with fellow musicians Paul Burgess, Dik Cadbury, Geoff March, Mick Candler, and Gareth Sampson.The album will include many of the songs and tunes from the 2019 Christmas Tour, recorded at The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham on 19th December last year – perhaps you were there?Please can you help sponsor this live Christmas album?
Eight of the tracks have never been recorded before! – including The Christmas Trilogy, The Five Valleys Wassail,The Eve of Christmas Day, The Lighthouse Keeper ft. Dik Cadbury,Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake, and a new tune Waiting For The Light.
Please do get in touch asap if you are able sponsor in some way.
Also, over the past few months, I’ve been writing some new songs for my next solo album for 2021 – and would welcome some sponsorship for this.


“Facebook’s memories feature informed me that on this day last year (2 Oct), I purchased tickets for All On A Winter’s Night… How time flies!The album of the same name is one of my favourites of all time. I find myself listening to it even when it isn’t winter. “ – A.R in Cornwall
Re: 30 Songs “Your CDs are absolutely brilliant and I have enjoyed listening very much(especially the electric one)” – K.H in Gloucestershire
“A difficult time but we still have to invent our own futures and believe that creating value through beautiful music is a worthwhile profession. So many people love what you do and we all want to support you”. – M.K in Monmouthshire
“My most sincere greetings to a big artist who followed all my childhood (More than 30 years so far) with his magic and unique voice starting from Decameron’s albums. Thanks for the emotions that you give to us. God bless you Johnny and keep up the great work.” – A.D-C in Italy

“I have been a fan since the Decameron days and saw you live in Swindon and Cheltenham over the past few years .Great evenings” – M.S in Berkshire
“Just finished listening to the recording of your gig with Mike Silver at Hitchin Folk Club, courtesy of the project you posted on Facebook and in April Newsletter.I’m so glad I could get to listen to it, as I can’t get to many gigs. Postcards From Cornwall as the last song was a great treat.” – A.R in Cornwall
“Thank you Johnny for your happy tunes, they are priceless in these challenging times.I suppose you’ve cancelled all your dates. My neighbour says she likes to hear me sing and whistle, and yesterday she said ‘you’re singing new songs’…and that is thanks to Borderland!” – P.D in Australia
“I miss your radio programme so much!” – A.R in Holland
The Hurricane of ’15 – What a terrific narrative song, with the story unfolding so compellingly and then coming to such a satisfying conclusion.  What a useful and timely reminder about local knowledge and what local people are capable of.  What a catchy tune and great arrangement of instruments.“ – D.H in USA 


LIVE CONCERT recording of Coppin & Silver

Just to let you know that Hitchin Folk Club are still running a scheme where you can download and listen to 

recording of last year’s concert by me and Mike Silver.  All money raised goes to the artistes – and every little helps! –

Please go to  Hitchin Folk Club scheme 



Thanks to everyone for your support over the loss of my BBC Acoustic radio show -And to all those who have written in to the powers that be – and sent me kind messages. I’m still considering whether or not to put out a regular acoustic radio show.

Since mid-July, I have been introducing my Acoustic Track of the Week every Friday for Chris Baxter’s Late Show on BBC across the West 10pm to 1am
Here are the tracks from new albums chosen so far
July –  Bristol Slaver by Show of Hands   Where The World Is Thin by Kris Drever
August – I Am The River by Tom Houston   When We Get Through This by Martyn Joseph  Safe Place by Eilidh Patterson  Don’t Get Caught Up by Ziggy Alberts   Hunker Down / That Old Blitz Spirit by Kris Drever
September –  Everglow by Kate Rusby   Hunter’s Moon by Lisa Lambe   All Hearts Break Differently by Mary Chapin Carpenter  Labels by Joshua BurnellOctober – Where The World Is Thin by Kris Drever Half Alive by The Little Unsaid Shadow Across The Sun by Hilary Pavey Sweet October by Aoife Scott.



With no concerts or radio show, times are indeed hard – but you can still enjoy my music, and perhaps support me by buying an album or two.

30 Songs – The latest 2 CD compilation album –
“The crystal-clear quality of Johnny’s singing, the outstanding songwriting and the polished productions in evidence on this album surely merit even greater recognition of this master craftsman”– RnR Magazine – a Five star review! (£19 for European mainland / £21 for rest of the world)

All On A Winter’s Night album includes original songs, such as the title track, Counting The Hours To Christmas, and Snow In The Street, a setting of a William Morris poem. There are classic carols like God Rest You Ye Merry GentlemenIn The Bleak Midwinter, and the much-requested O Holy Night; two songs from the USA – Welcome In Another Year, and The Christmas Star; plus an Irish tune written by the late Mick Dolan.£13 inc P & P(£16 for European mainland / £17.50 for rest of the world)

Borderland  songs included are HomewardWhen The Morning’s Here, Joseph Baker,Safe Homeand three songs of the 1st World War – John Condon, Dream of England, and Gloucestershire FromAbroad (words by Gloucestershire poet F W Harvey). The album also includes three traditional songs – The Brazier’s Daughter with new tune by Johnny, Mary from Dungloe – learnt from Christy Moore’s sister Eilish, and the Welsh song Cariad Cyntaf (First Love) with new original words in English.£13 inc P & P(£16 for European mainland / £17.50 for rest of the world)

The Winding Stair comprises material from England, Ireland, Scotland and America, including Donegal Rain, Reunion Hill, Paul Metsers’ Peace Descends, Karine Polwart’s The Sun’s Coming Over the Hill, And two songs co-written with Mike Silver – Survival and We Had it All. Also included is From Severn by the Somme (by Martin Graebe) plus settings of two poems – The Fire Kindled by Ivor Gurney (as seen on HTV’s Between Two Rivers series) and The Lost Orchard by Shropshire writer Mary Webb.  £13 inc P & P(£16 for European mainland / £17.50 for rest of the world)

The Gloucestershire Collection  – Gloucestershire poems set to music – originally released on the albums Forest & Vale & High Blue Hill, and English Morning.The songs include F.W. Harvey`s In Flanders, Song of Gloucestershire, Piper’s Wood, and Warning; Laurie Lee`s Field of Autumn; Ivor Gurney`s Fisherman of Newnham, East Wind, and The High Hills ; Leonard Clark`s This Night the Stars, Have Wandered, English Morning, and The Hill; Frank Mansell`s Cotswold Lad, The Holy Brook, and The Roads Go Down; John Drinkwater`s Legacy, Cotswold Love and The Cotswold  Farmers; Eva Dobell`s Briar Roses, and Tom Long’s Post; plus Edward Berryman`s Cotswold Tiles, and The High Road by John Haines. £13 inc P & P(£16 for European mainland / £17.50 for rest of the world)

Line of Blue


An album of own songs written on both sides of the Atlantic. First released in Sept. 1985 after returning from long residency in Bermuda. Songs of love, peace and travel. They include the much requested songs Rydal, Lost in Love with You, Every Roll of  Thunder, and Nils Lofgren`s Shine Silently – plus Keep a Litlle Light, Hallelujah,  Everything To Me and two songs written in Bermuda: The Hurricane of `15,  and Pride of All The Ocean

Musicians include Phil Beer, Trevor Foster (ex Albion Band), Matt Clifford,  Paul Metsers, Bill Zorn, Geoff March, and Steve Dolan. Recording engineer – Mick Dolan. Produced by Johnny Coppin.£11 inc P & P(£14 for European mainland / £15 for rest of the world)

Roll On Dreamer

“A contemporary folk masterpiece …first class in every department”   – Manchester Evening News

“The album that Decameron should have made and never did”  – Folk Roots Magazine

My debut solo album after the break-up of Decameron. It includes the songs Angelus, Liberty, Never Lost for Love, The Worm Forgives the Plough, and Roll on Dreamer – guest musicians are Phil Beer (Show of Hands) on fiddle,  Geoff March (ex Decameron) on cello, and Nigel Mazlyn Jones. on 12 string guitar.Produced by John Acock and Johnny Coppin.£11 inc P & P(£14 for European mainland / £15 for rest of the world)

Breaking The Silence – with Mike Silver 15 tracks recorded “as live” by Mick Dolan.  Songs include three that Johnny co-wrote with Mike Silver. Classic songs include Mike’s Not a Matter of PrideReaching out for Love and the title track – and my songs include Rydal, Never Lost for Love and the Decameron song Postcards from Cornwall. Also included are two song covers – Bruce Hornsby’s Dreamland and Up on Cripple Creek by The Band – plus the final “hidden track” is a live version of Old Fashioned Saturday Night recorded at Priddy Folk Festival. £13 inc P & P(£16 for European mainland / £17.50 for rest of the world)


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)

Please order by phoning 01453 885088 leave a message and do leave your phone number and name -you can also email your phone number for us to call you back  johnny@johnnycoppin.co.uk You can also postan orderwith your phone number toRed Sky Records, P O Box 27, Stroud, GL6 0YQ. UK.


Thank you so much for all your support. Keep safe and well.

Hoping to see hear from you soon.
With kind regards,  
johnny@johnnycoppin.co.uk          www.johnnycoppin.co.uk
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