The Cov & Warks Folk Diary

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

Hairy Folkers @ The Old Windmill,
Nov 28 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Music and song session in the pub garden (weather permitting) – back in the pub when Covid restrictions lifted

GreenMatthews online: ‘A Brief History of Christmas’ @ Online - Zoom
Nov 28 @ 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm

NB – live show. Watch again not available


Acclaimed musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews are joined by Jude Rees to present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs and carols.

Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in the 20th century, ‘A Brief History of Christmas’ is a whistle-stop tour of the origins of our midwinter festivities. Featuring long-forgotten folk songs and tales as well as some familiar and well-loved carols, this is a show guaranteed to delight the hearts of young and old.

The show takes in 600 years of live music – featuring music and songs played on archaic instruments such as cittern, shawm and rauschpfeife, as well as more familiar instruments such as guitar, flute, oboe and accordion. and all helped along by GreenMatthews‘ trademark wit and humour.

‘A Brief History of Christmas‘ is the perfect show for anyone looking to recapture the simple Yuletide delights of fellowship, laughter and good cheer, and we are delighted to bring them live to your living room for a special online gig.

Traditional Music Session @ Humber Hotel
Nov 29 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

We play traditional music (sorry, no songs) from England, Scotland and Ireland and elsewhere, on fiddle, harp, concertina, whistle, mandolin, melodeon, guitar and any acoustic instrument anyone would like to bring along and join in with, and anyone who wants to come along to listen are also very welcome.

Folk at the Lion @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel,
Dec 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Monthly sessions in the Library, first right after entering the hotel from Long Street. 01827 713156. Starts 2pm but turn up early for a coffee or a beer. Bring your nearly ready songs and give them a go. No need to book, really, just come and join the fun.

Green Man Rising @ Nuneaton Folk Club
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Jug collection

Also appearing: Tyburn, Sam Shemmell. Host band: Nunc

Mark Harrison @ Temperance Cafe
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. He 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’.

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. 2021 sees the release of Mark’s much awaited new album, THE ROAD TO LIBERTY.

Here are a few of the things that have been said about Mark and his music:

he takes very real things that happen in life and makes you think afresh about them (Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2)

a bit different and kinda groovy too (Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 2)

the more I listen to Mark Harrison, the more I admire the man. He’s a fantastic musician, he’s got a great voice and what a songwriter! He’s kind of reinvented the blues in this country. What a glorious sound he makes (Frank Hennessey, BBC Radio 2)

singular lyrics …an original take on song writing (Blues in Britain)

breezy folk-blues vibe belies barbed lyrics (Classic Rock magazine)

great stage presence … innovative …… if Top Of The Pops was still around, he might well be on it’ (Jazz FM)

Mark Harrison has been creating something of a stir … bringing a modern outlook to a traditional style, he is building a loyal and wide fan base (Blues Matters)

fresh and stimulating … one of our most gifted talents (RnR magazine)

songs that are relevant and modern, with the feel of classics (Music News)

he has a wonderful ability to take unexpected subjects, twist and tune them up with humour, innovation and downright originality (Cashbox Canada/Elmore Magazine US)



Film of the single Toolmaker’s Blues:

Film of Mark solo:

Film of one of the songs, showcased at the Cannes Film Festival:


Music session @ The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Regulars include Keith Eardley, Mike Cox

Ellie Gowers @ Temperance Cafe
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Ellie’s music embeds a fierce energy that echoes the 60s folk revival scene and she is known to hold pride of place on stage with her strong and lucent vocals. Her songs are built from a childhood love of literature and traditional folk song, but also discuss the more modern narratives of the present day. These influences fuse together to create a sound that has been deemed unique and incomparable.
In the last two years, Ellie has released the EP From Here on Out and followed that with her latest single Against the Tide which earned her a TEDx talk. These songs have been toured widely, both in headline shows and support slots for critically acclaimed artists.

GreenMatthews’ Midwinter Revels @ Albany Theatre Studio
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Spanning several centuries, GreenMatthews’ Midwinter Revels is a celebration of Yuletide Past guaranteed to warm the cockles of the most Scrooge-like heart. Featuring Christmas carols, winter folk songs, toe-tapping tunes and a plethora of weird and wonderful instruments, the show is brought to life with GreenMatthews’ trademark wit and humour.

Hairy Folkers @ The Old Windmill,
Dec 5 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Music and song session in the pub garden (weather permitting) – back in the pub when Covid restrictions lifted