P O Box 27, Stroud, Glos.  GL6 0YQ
tel no. 01453 885088

What’s in this E newsletter?

–  Recent News 

–  Concert and club dates 

–  The Armistice Pals charity EP still available by Mail Order at £4

–  Songwriting Weekend in May

–  My BBC acoustic radio shows –  listen again for 30 days!!!

Future guests include Paul Brady, Emily Barker, Thea Gilmore, plus Lewis & Leigh – And still available on listen again – Steve Ashley, Hattie Briggs, Rebecca Hollweg


I am really looking forward to concerts coming up in April and May at

BATH Mission Theatre 30th April

CHESTER 17th May, 

STROUD 21st May ,  


These are mostly solo, but there’s one with Paul Burgess, and one with Mike Silver – all details are below.. So please do come along!

Sincere apologies for no Enewsletter in March. My dear Dad had been really struggling for over a year, and passed away in late March at the age of 91. He is finally at peace, and all his family, friends, work colleagues, and fellow villagers gave him a very moving send-off just after Easter.

Earlier in March I had a great time playing at Chedworth Village Hall in Gloucestershire ( such a lovely audience and friendly organising team) ; more recently at The White Horse Folk Club at Highworth (with some of the loudest chorus singing I’ve ever heard), and last night at the Tetbury Goods Shed Project Music Festival – along with the likes of The Yirdbards, Mike Scott, Seth Bye & Katie Griffin, Blondes with Beards, and the amazingly talented and young guitarist Rory Evans.

2015 BBC Folk Awards 

It was a wonderful night at The Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 22nd April – one of the best Folk Award evenings ever. Really good to catch up with so many people in the folk world well into the night!

Also very pleased that five of my favourite acts won awards:

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – Best Duo

Sam Sweeney – Musician of the Year

Nancy Kerr – Folk Singer of the Year,

The Gloaming – Best Traditional Track

The Young ‘Uns – Best Group.

Listen again on BBC Radio 2, and watch highlights on iPlayer (and BBC Red Button very soon)

Recent gigs I have enjoyed are: Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Patsy Reid and band,

Kelly Oliver & Lukas Drinkwater, and The Nelson Brothers.

Finally it was very sad to learn of the passing of guitarist John Renbourn. 

All places for The Songwriting Weekend in May are taken, but hopefully another later in the year!

A few copies of The Armistice Pals charity EP are still available by Mail Order at £4 – Details are below..


Thu 30  BATH – Mission Theatre, Corn Street. BA1 1UF.  7.30pm tickets Bath Box Office 01225 463362


Sat 2   Private party


8 -10   Songwriting Weekend  in Stroud 


Sun 17 CHESTER – Raven Folk Club   8pm   Nick Mitchell  01244 677212 


Thu 21  STROUD – with  PAUL BURGESS – St Laurence’s Church. 7.30pm    Tickets TIC 01453 760900   

Sat 23   Private party


WE ARE TAKING BOOKINGS FOR 2015/2016 including “All On A Winter’s Night” – December 2015

Do get in touch…  You may know of a potential venue or Village Hall? 

or even like to put on a house or celebration concert!


I have a few copies of the charity EP available by mail order at just £4 inc post & packing  ( £2.50 at concerts)

–including the new version of “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”– to  both commemorate WW1 and pay  tribute to the late Pete Seeger. You can hear my voice on both this song , and Emerald Green!

The line up reads like a who’s who of the current folk scene, opened by Lucy Ward, the 40 voices include Chris While and Julie Matthews, Johnny Coppin, Dave Swarbrick, Peter Knight, Gavin Davenport, Merry Hell as well as new names on the scene such as Luke Jackson, Kelly Oliver and Ninebarrow, in addition to a guest appearance by Peggy Seeger, and her half brother Pete, in whose honour the song is being released.

The 4 charities are The Red Cross, Malala’s Fund, Foundation For Peace, and

Here is a video of Peggy Seeger chatting about why she wanted to be part of the project

The Armistice Pals  four track EP CD  includes

Where Have All The Flowers Gone,

Plus a poem ” I Have a Rendezvous with Death” read by Peggy Seeger, written by her uncle, famed WWI poet Alan Seeger

and the moving song Emerald Green by Merry Hell & The Armistice Pals including my voice!

This retails for £2.50  at concerts…. £4 by mail order 

The single is now available to stream separately or download for £1.

More details can be found on the website :

A SONGWRITING WEEKEND in Stroud, Glos. 8th to 10th May 2015

I have very kindly been offered a house just outside Stroud in Gloucestershire

For a songwriting weekend for 6 students and ALL the places were taken very quickly.

Do let me know as soon as possible if you are interested a future weekend hopefully

Later in the year.

Each songwriter will have their own room for creativity – there’ll be an introduction on Friday evening,
informal session on Saturday evening, and final shared performance “concert” on Sunday afternoon
But most of the time I’ll be working with each songwriter in turn on a one-to one basis.

feedback from previous weekends…..
“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 for us all.  I especially enjoyed the one-to-one sessions –
the critical moments when the shape of a new piece starts to gel”

“From my part I’d like to thank you for creating such a creative working  environment.
The food, hospitality, advice and encouragement  all  helped to make it a great weekend”

Price  £200   including supper on Friday and Saturday/ lunch on Saturday and Sunday plus  tea/coffee/drinks etc

My BBC ACOUSTIC RADIO SHOW – is every Saturday from 5.30pm on BBC  Radio Gloucestershire  

playing acoustic music from off the beaten track on FM, AM, online and now you can listen again for 30 days!!!  on 

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

Sat 28th March featuring singer/songwriter Hattie Briggs with new album

Sat 4th April featuring singer/songwriter Steve Ashley with new album

Sat 11th April – new albums, tour dates etc

Sat 18th April  featuring singer/songwriter Rebecca Hollweg with new album

Future guests will include Paul Brady, Emily Barker, Thea Gilmore, plus Lewis & Leigh –


released via Proper Distribution and available by Mail Order.

” A total gem – great singing – uncluttered production – one of the best things he’s done ” –MIKE HARDING


“An eloquently sung and beautifully presented collection…that’s both immediately accessible and thoroughly appealing”  

– FROOTS magazine

“Make no mistake, this is a very polished work from someone who is still at the top of their game’’

                                                                                     – THE LIVING TRADITION magazine


“Coppin’s vocals are superb, and his interpretation and performance is wonderful throughout….

This is a gem of an album and one that reinforces Coppin’s status as a true folk hero” – ROCK SOCIETY magazine



“Great class and poignancy – a beautiful and rounded musical journey, and the artwork is superb”  – KAREN TWEED


With a finely placed eclecticism ‘Borderland’ takes inspiration from England, Ireland, Wales and the USA, mixing moving narratives of leaving home, 
returning, fighting and dying, and all expounded through tradition, originals and self-penned. As a collection it’s as complete as you could wish.”  – FOLKWORDS.COM

My latest album is a collection of songs from England, Ireland, Wales, and the USA. Included are the much requested song Homeward, plus When The Morning’s HereJoseph Baker, Safe Home, and 3 songs of the 1st World War – John Condon, Dream of England, and a setting of F W Harvey’s poem Gloucestershire From Abroad.
The CD also includes Moonlit Apples – my setting of a poem by John Drinkwater, plus 3 traditional songs The Brazier’s Daughter, Mary from Dungloe, and my re-working of the Welsh song Cariad Cyntaf (First Love).
Guest musicians include Karen Tweed (accordion), Paul Burgess (violin and recorders), Mike Silver, Geoff March, and John Neilson.
All the artwork is from paintings by my partner Katharine Neilson
 – and design is by her brother John Neilson.

Order by phone or email  —   price £12.95 inc P + P from Red Sky Records

A huge thank you to all those sponsors who made the album possible.
Thanks so much all your feedback emails and letters about the new album. It really is
Much appreciated …


* ALBUMS that are available by Mail Order –
Borderland – the latest album!
The Winding Stair
Breaking the Silence
 (with Mike Silver),
The Gloucestershire Collection
Afterwords the Decameron live album from 2001  –
these CDs are all £12.95 each.

(£14.95 for European mainland / £16 for rest of the world)

The Armistice Pals  EP  at £4 each.

Edge of Day – with Laurie Lee
Roll on Dreamer
The Glorious Glosters
and 3 Christmas albums….
Keep the Flame,
West Country Christmas,
A Country Christmas,   
these CDs all at £10.95 each.

(£12.95 for European mainland / £14 for rest of the world)

Please order by phone on 01453 885088 for credit cards
or by email

or by post to  Red Sky Records, P O BOX 27, Stroud, GL6 0YQ. UK

Really hope to see you somewhere very soon!

Thank you so much for your support 

See you somewhere soon I hope!

Kind regards,