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


What’s in this newsletter?

–  Recent News 

–  January/February/March dates so far

–  Songwriting Weekend in May

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

–  Reaction to Christmas tour 

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


Do hope you can join us for a special Burns Night event this Sunday 25th January

At the Stroud Subscription Rooms – should be a great night – and I will be singing several Scottish songs including two classic songs that I haven’t sung in years!    Details are below.

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

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

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..



Sun 25 STROUD – Johnny Coppin as special guest at a Burns Night evening – with Blondes with Beards, Take Two, and Ceilidh Band- Stroud Subscription Rooms 7pm Trad Scottish food inc in £14 price 01453 760900


Sun 8 HITCHIN – “A Songwriters Special ” with MIKE SILVER  The Sun Hotel, High Street 8pm


Sat 14 CHEDWORTH Village Hall nr NORTHLEACH, Glos.  7.30pm    01285 720005

*Future dates will include CHESTER, BATH, GUITING FESTIVAL, RUNCORN etc…

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!

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, But, because of a waiting list from the course last year, I’m afraid there is now just 1 place available!

First choice goes to those on my songwriters mailing list

But do let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in this or a future weekend 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


Thank you so much for all your support on the ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT tour in December – it really is appreciated. Paul Burgess was as brilliant as ever, and Dik Cadbury did an amazing job, taking over the mantle from the late Mick Dolan-  we all enjoyed the Christmas concerts very much!

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….

You and your music are 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!)- 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 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 27th December – 65 min CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 

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

Sat 3rd January –   Best Albums of 2014 Part 1

Sat 10th January –  Best Albums of 2014 Part 2 plus preview of events



In conjunction with Folkstock Records, this project released  a charity EP

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

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

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 & Armistice Pals

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 :


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 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 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. 

See you this year!

Kind regards,