What’s On

Your guide to folk events in Coventry and Warwickshire.

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Cov & Warks Folk Events Listing

If you are planning any folk event in the CV postcode area – big concert, back-room singaround, online performance, dance display, or whatever, click here to email us, providing the following details:

  • Date, start-time and end-time
  • Name of venue
  • Type of event
  • Artists/performers appearing
  • Location including postcode
  • Description – including how to book tickets, web links, etc
Please note that information on this page is based on advertising and public announcements by the venues and/or events organisers.
While every effort is made to ensure that details provided here are correct, CVFolk cannot guarantee its accuracy which is why we include contact information for each event so that you can check and confirm if necessary,

CVFolk is working in partnership with Folk21 Midlands region and many of the events listed here are shared in their own events listing.

Mar
1
Fri
St David’s Day – “Cymanfa Codi’r To” with Côr Cymraeg Coventry @ Humber Hotel
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

What’s the event about?

It’s a prearranged evening of Welsh singing to celebrate St David’s Day. Anyone is welcome. It’s not a performance or gig or concert, just people singing round the table in the pub – people like you! Come and have a go, join in or just have a listen.

But I don’t know the words

Neither do we! Lyric sheets will be available on the night. You will pick up some choruses quite easily and we can even teach you some songs beforehand if you are really keen!!

But I don’t know any Welsh

That’s not a problem, nobody is listening to see if you get the words or the tunes right, it’s just a lot of fun having a go. It’s like singing at a football match, nobody is checking.

I can’t sing at all/don’t fancy singing this time

That’s ok, you don’t have to take part. We welcome anyone who would like to come and enjoy the atmosphere.

Can I bring an instrument and play along?

Yes of course, you are very welcome to bring an instrument and play along. Chord sheets will be available for guitarists.

If I bring my guitar/other instrument can I sing or play something myself?

The idea of the evening is to showcase Welsh culture. If you know something Welsh – either Welsh language or having a connection to Wales, or a Welsh folk tune or maybe a cover of a song by a Welsh artist then yes please go ahead!

Does it have to be music?

No, it can be anything, a story, poem, anecdote, bara brith, anything at all.

Will there be any opportunities for Welsh learners to practice their Welsh?

Yes there will be other Welsh learners there and maybe one or two first language speakers too, so please have a go.

Do I have to book?

No just turn up, and it’s free entry.

The Blackheart Orchestra – House Concert @ Ryepiece Barn House Concert
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

The Blackheart Orchestra are multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington. A two person ‘orchestra’ who play up to 13 instruments live. Eclectic musical influences from Pink Floyd to Portishead via Kate Bush. They’ve become Hawkwind’s regular support act in recent times. They have hilarious ‘domestics’ at most gigs. They’re lovely people too.

Doors open 7:15pm for 8pm start. A veggie meal is included in your ticket price. Bring a bottle and a glass and get ready for the most intimate of live concerts

Link to Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/583141890584405

Mar
2
Sat
Scratch Fiddle Workshop w/Lauren South @ Albany Theatre - Clive Benfield Studio
Mar 2 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

CV Folk Freshers Workshop

Here’s your chance to gain and develop your music-making and performance skills under the guidance of leading musicians and performers from the folk circuit.

CVFolk is hosting a series of specialist workshops at the Albany Theatre, Coventry on the first Saturday morning of each month. For 90 minutes you can build your expertise in a range of instruments and performance styles, inspired by experts.

Talented multi-instrumentalist and singer, Lauren South includes some ace fiddle-playing in her live shows and has extensive experience as an instrumental tutor. So, if you’re a complete beginner or only have limited experience, why not come along and have a go at the fiddle? Bring your own if you can, although there will be a small number of instruments to borrow, and Lauren will get you playing by the end of the session.

She will be hosting a number of workshops on the CVFolk programme, so watch out for follow-up dates.

Admission £5 – book in advance or bring a fiver with you, and a fiddle if you have one!

Ryan Sloan @ The Old Post Office
Mar 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Will Pound @ Tree House Bookshop
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

One of the finest harmonica and melodeon players of his generation, Will Pound has pushed the boundaries working on and with a number of projects and musicians which in the past and present include Will Pound and Eddy Jay, Stevens & Pound, Jenn Butterworth, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Liz Carrol, Martin Simpson, Guy Chambers, Concerto CaledoniaRobbie Williams and The Hillsborough Charity Single. He has travelled across most of Europe and as far as Australia for his music delighting and giving audiences awe inspiring performances.

He has appeared on TV & Radio many times including appearances on BBC Breakfast, BBC2, Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, MTV, Radio 1xtra to name a few. Will has been nominated 3 times for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician Of The Year Award in 2012, 2014 and 2015, has won FATEA Magazine Instrumentalist Of the Year 2013, 2014 and also was nominated for Songlines Magazine best newcomer.

He recently appeared on soundtracks to TV Comedy Breeders starring Martin Freeman and the Warburtons TV Advert starring Robert De Niro!

7pm doors for a 7.30pm start.

(NB relocated from URC)

Mar
3
Sun
Singing for Joy with Jill Davis @ Temperance Café
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

** YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US FOR A GOOD OLD COMMUNITY SING-SONG **
“I don’t sing because I’m happy. I’m happy because I sing.”
Singing is really good for you. It improves your mood and gives you a feeling of energy. But singing as part of a group is even better! It helps bring communities together and improves mental health and happiness.
You are invited to join us for tea and cake on a Sunday morning and a good old-fashioned sing-song. Everyone welcome and no experience necessary.
Jill Davis will lead the group through a gentle warm up and teach you some beautiful songs so you can enjoy your voice in harmony with others.
Do come if you can – it would be great to get a full house in. This will be a wonderful and inspiring way to spend a Sunday morning. Spaces are limited, so please do book in advance.
Hairy Folkers Session @ The Old Windmill,
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

An afternoon of song, music and spoken word in the round. Eclectic session of folk and folk related stuff. No PA.

The Craven Céilí @ The Craven Club
Mar 3 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Coventry songwriters: Sian Lewis + Alys Rain + Louis Scheuer @ The Old Windmill
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Double header night w/Yonderland + Chris Tobin, plus Steve Redshaw + Willow & Tool Band @ Willow & Tool's Music Parlour
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

 

 

Warwickshire’s most intimate folk club meets in Downtown LI. Free admission but please give generously to the jug collection.