The Cov & Warks Folk Diary

Your guide to folk events in Coventry and Warwickshire.

We’ve linked to a new calendar format which should make more local folk events accessible and easy to update. Just click on the maroon lettering below – or scroll down for individual listing of forthcoming events.

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 any event listed here will also appear in their own events listing.

Quigleys Music Session @ Quigleys
Nov 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Monday and Saturday night sessions have been going on now for 30 years Featuring Eric, Bob and Leslie Robson, Phil Gregg, Robin, Joe Heckles, Terry Mc Hugh, and Trevor from the famous Daventry Boyz. Occasionally Dave Broadfield.

Singaround (tbc) @ Warwick Folk Club
Nov 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Mark Harrison @ Temperance Cafe
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Mark Harrison is widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists around. His highly individual, all-original music has taken him to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes. Recent appearances on BBC Radio 2, as guest on Cerys Matthews’s show and on the Pick Of The Week show, have further added to his growing reputation.

Described at BBC Radio 2 as ‘quirky’ and an artist who ‘makes you think afresh’, Mark is a totally original songwriter, a stunning guitarist, and a master storyteller. Mark’s live shows are well-known not only for the music but also for his introductions and explanations of the songs, delivered in a manner often described as ‘wry’ and ‘dry’.

Mark is a songster, and his songs cover all manner of non-standard subjects. With catchy tunes, lyrics than intrigue and engage, and striking rhythms, they make you smile, think and move. He takes elements of roots music, including folk, blues and gospel, to create something new that is very much his own genre. Each song is a snapshot of life or has a story to tell, like a 3-minute film or novel.

A thrilling, rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style, Mark tours extensively. He has released six albums which have been unanimously acclaimed across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a very great deal of airplay and highly enthusiastic reviews in the UK, Europe and the US, the latest being the double album The Road To Liberty.

Daisybell + Fables & Lies @ Stockton Folk Club
Nov 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm


Hosts: Away With The Fairies.

Also features resident acts Rik Middleton, Peter Mason, Bob Clucas and Don Arthurson

Mick Bisiker @ Wurzel Bush folk club
Nov 29 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Floor spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Contact us to reserve a space.


Concert for Jenni with Kevin Dempsey, Acoustic Chemistry, Brian Phillips + support @ Red Lion
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Some of you will know that Jennifer Kilburn has quite poorly recently. Jennifer is a great supporter of live music throughout the Warwickshire county, and she has recently spent a number of weeks in hospital, and hopefully will soon be able to leave hospital with a care package in place, and in order to help her get about we are hoping to raise money for a mobility scooter, and to support her with any other needs. With this aim we have set up this fund raising concert, we must thank The Red Lion for letting us have the room free and all the performers taking part who are also performing free, this will ensure we can raise the maximum amount of money possible!

Performers taking part include guitar maestro Kevin Dempsey, one of Jennis’ favourite acts Acoustic Chemistry, local favourite Brian Phillips, the residents from the three local folk clubs, Finger in the Jar, Geoff Veasey, and Malc & Gill, plus a few surprises on the night. Admission will be £10 (Cash at the door) and there will a raffle as well. Please come along and give this worthy cause your support!

Harbury Folk Club @ Harbury Village Hall
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • We always have loads of performers so a packed and varied night is guaranteed, with more than a little humour.

  • Entry is always free (but contributions to a charity raffle are warmly encouraged).

  • Anyone can have a go – songs, tunes, dances, readings or any other performance in reasonably good taste – and there is often a theme for the evening.

  • Mega-stars are always welcome, but so are complete novices, and all performers get the same fee (£0).

  • A team of seven individuals or couples take it in turns to compere the sessions in their own individual styles.

  • For more information, please e-mail Peter at:


Check website for each month’s theme.

Music session @ The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Regulars include Keith Eardley, Mike Cox

Songwriting Workshop – Ellie Gowers @ Warwick Arts Centre - Creative Learning Space
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Fresh from recording her debut album surrounding Warwickshire folklore and stories, Ellie Gowers will be delving into the craft of songwriting.

A series of four workshops, each week will be focused on different writing techniques, as well as finding your voice, overcoming writer’s block, and embracing limitations.

These workshops are not just for the experienced songwriter, but also for those looking to try their hand at it.

Please feel free to bring instruments along and any songs you have, finished or unfinished.

There will also be the chance to perform and record these songs.

The Hawkesbury Trawlermen @ Tump Folk
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

At the moment I’m unsure if we’ll get the whole shipload of them, there’s about a dozen, or just a rowing boatload of half a dozen or so! There will be a jug collection of coin or folding money during the evening, which should keep the chaps in beer for a day or two!