LATEST NEWS – December 2014

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

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

As Christmas fast approaches, I do hope you are well!  

What’s in this E newsletter?

–  JUST 3 MORE Dates for “All On A Winter’s Night” Tour 

–  Christmas and other albums available by mail or phone order 

–  The latest Borderland album in Top 10 of albums in 2014

–  Recent News including Songwriting Weekend, Pete Keeley etc.

–  Reaction to Christmas tour dates so far

–  My BBC acoustic radio shows over Christmas and New Year + listen again for 30 days!!!

–  The Armistice Pals charity single still available 

There are just 3 more chances to see the show!  

Cheltenham 18th/ Havant 19th/ Trowbridge 20th

We have had great reaction so far…see below.

Paul and Dik have been playing really well so I do hope you can join us at one of these last few concerts!! 


dedicated to the memory of Mick Dolan 

a rich mix of traditional carols and new songs, together with stories and superstitions. There’ll be new songs, material from my three Christmas albums, and songs from the latest album Borderland


THU 18th   CHELTENHAM Bacon Theatre, Dean Close School, Shelburne Rd GL51 6HE  7.30pm  

                          plus guest GEOFF MARCH and images by MARTIN FRY   01242 258002   


FRI 19th   HAVANT  The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, Havant. Hampshire PO9 1BS    8pm    

023 9247 2700


SAT 20th    TROWBRIDGE  Arc Theatre, College Road, Trowbridge, Wilts. BA14 0ES  8pm  01225 756376    


”Beautiful and inspirational  – a seasonal delight” – Living Tradition magazine


“ Hugely enjoyable” –  Manchester Evening News

This tour is dedicated to the memory of Mick Dolan 

who passed away in August this year. Mick worked with me for many years both as a guitarist and studio engineer (first at Dik Cadbury’s Millstream Studio in Cheltenham) – as well as with Steve Winwood, Ralph McTell, Show of Hands, and Fisherman’s Friends.


“This year’s tour carries special significance as it’s in memory of Mick Dolan, a wonderfully talented guitarist who, for many years, has been an intrinsic part of my annual Christmas tour. He will be sadly missed and it was an honour to have worked with him,” Johnny said.

“We are very lucky that Dik Cadbury is able to join us on guitars and vocals. He’s been a guest on previous Christmas shows, and worked with me in Decameron, as well as with Steve Hackett, Mike D’Abo, and many others.”


Also joining me on stage will be the multi-talented Paul Burgess – a member of The Old Swan Band – on fiddle, recorders, and readings, plus at Stroud and Cheltenham, Geoff March (ex Decameron) on cello and vocals. Add to this beautiful and evocative winter images of Gloucestershire and beyond by award-winning photographer Martin Fry.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved singing Christmas carols and songs.”



The Borderland album is in the Top 10 albums of 2014 in Shire Folk magazine.

Paul Burgess – as one of The Old Swan Band-  is on the front cover of the Jan/Feb issue of FROOTS Magazine..

Hoping to arrange a Songwriting Weekend in April, May or June next year – news of this in January.

Very sad to learn of the death of Pete Keeley, who started out in the blues duo Strange Fruit, with Keith Warmington. He had been suffering from COPD for quite a few years and this time when he got a chest infection he wasn’t able to beat it.


Stroud  feedback

A wonderful show at Stroud !  Congratulations,  the audience feedback was great around us. – B and C P

Thank you so much for an entrancing concert in Stroud yesterday. We were last there for the Laurie Lee centenary, which was a marvellous concert, but last night was even more special. Having listened to your music forever, it is an amazing experience to see you singing the songs I know off by heart, live. I particularly enjoyed the cello and the harmonies last night making the performance even better. What a wonderful evening, rounded off by a Christmas kiss from Geoff on the way out!

Thank you, once again, for a truly memorable night out. Roll on the next concert. We currently reside in Berkshire but the pull to move to The Cotswolds is getting stronger, starting soon with Christmas in Broadway. Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.   – B G

P.S. There are some great pics of the Decameron days on the internet which I am currently exploring! Great days no doubt?

Hello Johnny,

Thank you for a great evening in the Stroud Sub Rooms yesterday.  I think that Wendy and I have been coming to your “All on a Winter’s Night” Christmas concerts for nearly 20 years now, and they just get better and better – I hope that you’ll continue doing them for at least another 20 years!  It was great to have some old favourites (especially “the Astrologers’ Journey”), new songs and the old familiar readings, all of which help mark the start of our own Christmas.

Looking forward very much to seeing you sometime in concert next year.

Happy Christmas –  M K


Chatsworth feedback….

Just to say a massive thank you for Saturdays’ concert. It was brilliant and everyone in the village have been bursting with enthusiasm. At times I became quite tearful knowing how many times I have seen you with Mick Dolan performing ‘All on a winter’s night’. But it was so good to have Dik Cadbury who adds a different dimension and who is such a lovely person.Keep in touch. Best wishes  D  P in Derbyshire


Just wanted to thank you, Paul & Dik, for a glorious evening.  It was super.We loved the mix of styles and content, Paul’s stylish/serious poems and his irreverences And Dik’s guitar playing and vocals   (And God hold Mick’s soul in his care).

Also (A minor sadness as we missed this…so…) Just sat and played the song we missed most Keep The Flame Burning….

Have a lovely Christmastime- You and your music= a very special part of our lives (thankfully!) Every good wish, yours ever –   P C in Northallerton

Swindon feedback…..

Many thanks for including the John Denver song on Friday at Swindon – I thought it suited your style perfectly!  I enjoyed the whole concert very much, (and it has now put me in the mood to do my cards at last!) Best wishes for the rest of the tour and for a Happy Christmas.-  L H in Exeter.

Johnny,- It was good finally to meet you all last Friday. A very enjoyable evening. I especially enjoyed the harmonies and Paul’s whistle (recorder!) playing – he really can make those instruments sing. I was delighted that Borderland turned out so well.Kind regards, D W in West London

My Three CHRISTMAS CDs, Borderland, and other albums are for sale 

West Country Christmas,
A Country Christmas,    
and Keep the Flame, 

all are £10.95 each.

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

For other albums – see below

Please order by phone on 01453 885088 Visa and Mastercard only 
or by email     or by post 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 from off the beaten track on FM, AM, online and now you can listen again for 30 days!!!  on 


Sat 20th December on FM and listen again only (cos of rugby coverage) The show will also be on at 0430 that morning to allow the all day on demand

Sat 27th December – 65 min CHRISTMAS SPECIAL starting earlier at 5pm!!

                     Packed full of acoustic music for Christmas and the New Year.

Sat 3rd January – on FM and listen again only (cos of rugby coverage)The show will also be on at 0430 that morning to allow the all day on demand


In conjunction with Folkstock Records, this project has released  a charity single on CD and iTunes

– a version of “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”– to  both commemorate WW1 and pay  tribute to the late Pete Seeger.

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 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 & Armistice Pals

This retails for £2.50  at concerts…. (£3.50 by mail order )

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

If a club would like to order some CDs to sell to help us raise some funds for the charities, please get in touch via

More details can be found on the website :


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 …


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!

 * ALBUMS that are available by Mail Order –

Borderland – the NEW 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)
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 early by phone on 01453 885088 Visa and Mastercard only 
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 in 2014 

Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

See you in 2015!