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!!!

guests include Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron from new band Leveret, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, BBC Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, plus Daisy Chapman, and young Glos. duo Seth Bye & Katie Griffin


I am really looking forward to some concerts coming up – in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Cheshire, and Somerset!

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

Mike Silver and I had such an really enjoyable time at Hitchin Folk Club on 8th February – for one of Maureen and Kieron’s  Vintage Songwriter Nights –  It was good to be back at one of our favourite clubs. We played songs new and old and had some Q and A with the wonderful audience!  –  a format we are hoping to repeat in the future. Thanks so much to those who came and supported. We were sad that Maureen couldn’t be there that night, but it is great that she is doing well.

The Burns Night event in Stroud last month went well too – with Blondes With Beards, Take Two, Ceilidh Band, and Paul McLaughlin.. It was a chance for me to revisit 2 songs from the Decameron days-  Jock O’Hazeldean, and The Shearing’s Not For You. Also I performed 3 songs at end of the night with Blondes with Beards – The Broom O’ The Cowdenowes, Auld Lang Syne – with Robert Burns’s original tune, and The Parting Glass.

2015 BBC Folk Award nominations

Very pleased with these: Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker nominated for Best Duo and Best Album (they will be guests on my radio show on 7th March) – Sam Sweeney, and Will Pound  nominated for Musician of the Year – Ange Hardy, and Maz O’Connor for Horizon Award – Jez Lowe, and Nancy Kerr for Folk Singer of the Year, and The Gloaming, and The Young ‘Uns for Best Group. I will be at the Awards in Cardiff on Wed 22 April.

Recent gigs I have enjoyed are:

Seth Bye & Katie Griffin’s CD launch in Fairford, Boldwood in Nailsworth, Leveret (Andy Cuttting, Rob Harbron and Sam Sweeney) in Stroud ,  Lewis & Leigh (Al Lewis & Alva Leigh) at The Convent (see and the highly entertaining New Rope String Band in Stroud as they tour this year for the last time.

Also it was good to be at the 3rd Bradford Roots Festival last month at Bradford on Avon – and great to see Stroud acts like Hot Feet, and Hattie Briggs, as well as Kirsty Bromley & James Sills, The B Naturals, Dr Zebo’s Wheezy Club, and many more! Well done Chris and Lisa Samuel for another successful festival.

BBC TV programmes – I have loved seeing some very familiar Gloucestershire locations on the excellent Wolf Hall (Stanway House, Gloucester Cathedral cloisters etc.) and on JK Rowling’s A Casual Vacancy (Painswick, Minchinhampton, Stroud etc.)

Also you may have caught Midsomer Murders on 12th Feb with the Midsomer Folk Festival — Paul Downes was on stage at one point! And it featured music by Seth Lakeman with his song The Ballad of Midsomer County sung by Lucie Jones & Seth.

Finally it was very very sad to learn of the passing of Andrew Kennett, teacher and long-time supporter of folk music, traditions, and poetry in Gloucestershire. He will be sadly missed.

There will be a Songwriting Weekend in May and hopefully another later in the year! Details are below..

The Armistice Pals charity EP is now available by Mail Order at £4 Details are below..



Sat 14  CHEDWORTH Village Hall nr NORTHLEACH, Glos. GL54 4NE 7.30pm tickets     Reservations/ Info 01285 720005

Sat 21   Private event


Wed 15  HIGHWORTH – White Horse Folk Club,  The Church Room, Vicarage Lane, Highworth, Wilts SN6  7AD 8pm Information from Chris & Derrick Beer <>

 Wed 22  BBC FOLK AWARDS in Cardiff

 Sat 25  TETBURY – The Goods Shed  – Charity Festival  – along with The Yirdbards, Seth Bye & Katie Griffin, Blondes with Beards and many more     07957 580 447  Nicola Clark

 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  tbc    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 GloucestershireFor 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 24th Jan  featuring Ric Sanders of Fairport Convention with their new album, plus tracks from Eddie Reader, Capercaillie, Jez Lowe, Annie Lou, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

Sat 31st Jan – featuring young Glos. duo Seth Bye & Katie Griffin with their new album, plus tracks from False Lights, Will Pound, Lewis & Leigh, Jeffrey Foucault, and Drew Holcomb

Sat 7th Feb – featuring 2015 BBC Folk Award nominee Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron from Leveret with their new album, plus tracks from Martyn Joseph, Hannah Sanders, False Lights, Seth Lakeman, and Ben Maggs

Sat 14th Feb – tracks from The Unthanks, Winter Mountain, Alan Kelly Gang, Rebecca Hollweg, Maz O’Connor, Jeff Warner, Patsy Reid, Hector Gilchrist

Sat 21st Feb – featuring singer/songwriter Daisy Chapman with her new album, plus tracks from Altan, Fairport Convention, Steve Ashley, Michael Jerome Browne, Duncan Chisholm, Sarah McQuaid

Sat 28th Feb  featuring Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman with their new album, plus tracks from Seth Bye & Katie Griffin, The Roving Crows, Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, Colin Pitts, Ian Carmichael.

Sat 7th March featuring  Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker nominated for Best Duo and Best Album in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – and on front cover of March issue of fROOTS magazine


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)

Plus 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

 Thank you so much for your support 

See you somewhere soon I hope!

Kind regards,