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

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,
Sep 26 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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

Performers Night with Laura Kisby @ Warwick Folk Club
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Traditional Music Session @ Humber Hotel
Sep 27 @ 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.

Singaround @ Tump Folk
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Current Covid rules do not require proof of being double-jabbed or of having a negative covid test. The venue prefers people to wear a mask at the bar, but it is personal choice if you wish to err on the safe side and be masked at all times. The venue no longer needs to collect your contact details in case someone you may have been in contact with there does test positive.

Singer / Songwriter Sofa Session @ The Royal Oak
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

featuring Noah Seleno, Ollie Austin, Vici Lowrence-Rudkin

John Grant and Chris Pemberton + Teddy Thompson @ Warwick Arts Centre
Oct 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Box Office team can be reached by email at which is monitored Mon-Fri 10 am – 4 pm (closed on Bank Holidays). Our phone lines are currently closed and the team are working part-time remotely so will get back to you as soon as possible.

Student ticket prices are available

This event was previously due to take place on Fri 4 Dec 2020 but was rescheduled due to government guidance.

Following his last successful tour of Love Is Magic, his critically-acclaimed fourth solo album, John Grant will perform as a duo with his long-time piano player Chris Pemberton. Taking a stripped-back approach, Grant will perform classics from across his career on just piano and keys. His latest tour also marks the ten year anniversary of his celebrated debut solo LP Queen Of Denmark.

Support comes from Teddy Thompson, called “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation,” by The New York Times. A native Englishman, famously the son of singer-songwriters Richard and Linda Thompson, he emigrated to the United States almost twenty years ago to embark on a career of his own. Now based in New York City, Teddy’s newest album, Heartbreaker Please, was released on Thirty Tigers in Spring 2020.

Hilary James & Simon Mayor – Tears of Laughter @ Live and Local
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

‘Tears of Laughter’ is a show full of Simon’s inimitable brand of off-the-wall humour as well as mandolin, guitar and fiddling wizardry meets Hilary’s ‘honey-dripping’ vocals. Everything from beautiful folk ballads such as the lovely ‘When Summer Comes Again’ to lively mandolin tunes, and some of their hilarious children’s songs, reminiscent of Belloc’s ‘Cautionary Tales’. Oh! And a step dance (if Hilary has any breath left!). With a repertoire crossing from traditional ballads to blues, Berlioz, classical mandolin showstoppers and some of their own notorious comic songs, it’s all wrapped up in an entertaining stage show and humour as dry as Somerset cider.

‘Evocative virtuosity… uplifting and a joy.’ Daily Telegraph ‘Sheer musical brilliance.’ BBC World Service

View performer’s website (in new window)

Cabaret seating, bring your own drinks and nibbles.

Hairy Folkers @ The Old Windmill,
Oct 3 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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

Dom Martin @ Temperance Cafe
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

European blues guitar player of the year is back at Temperance!Dom Martin (30) is a Belfast born multi award winning artist, inspired but not constrained by the blues. This will be his second visit and we can’t wait to have him back. He is quite simply the best blues guitarist we have seen.
In 2019 he burst onto the UK and European music scene with a unique guitar style and voice, captivating audiences everywhere. His main musical influences are Rory Gallagher, Tom Waits, John Martyn, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters.
With five BBC Radio live sessions prior to a first album release, Dom impressed with his 2018 debut original EP “Easy Way Out” with BBC presenter Cerys Matthews describing his work as “absolutely wonderful stuff.” His debut album “Spain to Italy” was fully released on 4th December 2019 to critical acclaim and was an IBBA “Pick Of The Month” gaining airplay on around 100 stations globally. The album has had over 180k Spotify Streams to date

Jack Blackman + Chessi O’Dowd, Firedaze. @ Lighthorne Folk Club
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tickets £5 on the door or bookable in advance from Peter Reynolds on
plus banknote jug collection.