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:

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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.

May
19
Sun
Singing for Joy with Jill Davis @ Temperance
May 19 @ 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.
May
25
Sat
The Silver Wye (Album release) + Stylusboy @ Temperance
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Silver Wye is a band named after a moth, a river and a device for changing track.

The group is a collaborative project featuring a core of Midlands based musicians Ben Haines (drums & percussion), John Parker (double bass & electric bass) and Wes Finch (guitar and vocals) who are joined with various friends when circumstances allow.

It is a space for this group of musical friends to step a little outside of the realms of folk and Americana music into more electric, experimental and electronic places.

You can find their first EP on streaming sites and John & Wes’ LIVE@Temperance album at The Silver Wye‘s Bandcamp page. Search ‘Wes Finch The Silver Wye‘ on Youtube for visuals too.

Jun
4
Tue
Fiona Bevan + Adam Beattie @ Temperance
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Fiona Bevan and Adam Beattie –

Double Headline Tour

 

Acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter Adam Beattie ‘Uplifting Reveries Of Love’ (Mojo

Magazine) and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan ‘Startling odysseys’ (The

Guardian) embark on a double headline tour of the UK this spring/summer in celebration

of their new music releases.

Adam will be promoting the first single from his upcoming album Home Fires Burning; a

homespun epic which explores family, legacy and belonging. Adam writes melodies

inspired by the traditional fiddle tunes of his childhood, played on finger-picked acoustic

guitar.

Fiona will release the first single from her upcoming EP First Woman On The Moon, a

set of brand new songs exploring hope, love and female desire against a political

backdrop. Fiona writes otherworldly melodies on piano and unique guitar tunings.

Since meeting onstage in London, Beattie and Bevan have been singing in close harmony

and accompanying each other on guitar, piano and double bass.

Here is their recent music on YouTube – Adam Beattie and Fiona Bevan

BIOGRAPHIES:

Fiona Bevan is a multi-platinum Canadian-British singer-songwriter from Suffolk, with a

delicate, passionate voice and a cinematic dream-folk sound, described by Björn Ulvaeus

from ABBA as ‘daring and exciting’, and creating ‘startling odysseys that suggest Joanna

Newsom and Kate Bush spine-tinglingly joined’ (The Guardian).

Fiona has been teasing out singles from her self-produced EP, Girl With Telescope,

including her dazzling exploration of post-heartbreak ecstasy ‘Faultlines’, and her acapella

clarion call of female freedom and pleasure, ‘Peaches’. She is about to start releasing

more self-produced singles from her forthcoming EP ‘First Woman On The Moon’.

Fiona has toured Canada, Australia and Europe, and is also a hit songwriter for Billie

Marten, Aurora, Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker, Kylie, Ed Sheeran, and has been working

with ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus to raise awareness and help songwriters in the music industry.

She is published by Concord Music.

 

Adam Beattie is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist who has just released his fifth

solo album to critical acclaim. Beattie is a “master of powerful narratives” (★★★★★ RnR

Magazine), writing original contemporary Scottish folk songs while also drawing rich

influences from other roots genres. Adam uses beautiful, intricate, finger-picked guitar and

a distinctive voice steeped in smoke and honey to create ‘uplifting reveries of love’ (MOJO

Magazine).

The press described Beattie’s latest album, Somewhere Round The Bend, as ‘Stirring Folk

Balladry’ (Line Of Best Fit) with Loud And Quiet Magazine writing ‘the album is mesmeric’.

Adam is about to start releasing singles from his forthcoming album ‘Home Fires Burning’.

Adam is also a member of trad folk 12-piece supergroup Band Of Burns as well as hipster

alt-folk band PicaPica on Rough Trade Records. As a multi-instrumentalist he has

collaborated with Birdy, Lulu, Michael Chapman, Mikey Kenney and many others.

Jun
10
Mon
Charm of Finches – SOLD OUT @ Temperance
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Australian sister duo Charm of Finches delivers intricate folk-pop that is simultaneously graceful and darkly bewitching. Their seamless blood harmonies traverse melancholy and wonder in equal measure.

The sisters, Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes, released their third full length album Wonderful Oblivion in 2021 through New York-based label AntiFragile Music to critical acclaim. They have since toured extensively through the UK, Europe and Canada in 2022/23.

Winners of the Australian Folk Music Awards Best Folk Album (2022) and Music Victoria Best Contemporary Folk Act (2021), their music has been nominated twice for the prestigious Australian Music Prize.

In February 2023 the sisters spent a month in rural Nova Scotia recording with acclaimed Canadian producer Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant, Oh Pep!), inspired by the frozen beauty of the landscape and their transient life on the road with their music. The result is their fourth studio album to be released in 2024.

Jun
16
Sun
WLDFLWRS @ Temperance
Jun 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

WLDFLWRS are a collective of songwriting friends with a love of West Coast Americana music, strong melodies, vocal harmonies and a good song. Featuring local musicians Katherine Abbott, Jack Blackman, Jono Wright and Wes Finch, you can expect some choice covers and some collaboratively crafted original songs.

Having met whilst working alongside each other at Stratford-based charity The Street Arts Project they were thrown together as a band to perform the songs written in group sessions there and promote the album they helped produce with the organisation. The experience was such fun they decided to start getting together regularly to play, write, drink tea and eat Jono’s cakes.

Temperance’s December 2023 Blues Night saw their first performance as a 4 piece which was well received by all and this early 2024 will feature the full 5 members and some new material in an extended set. We hope you can make it.

Jun
20
Thu
The Brothers Gillespie @ Temperance
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Described by Folk Radio UK as ‘weaving an especially compelling magic’, and ‘showing British acoustic music in its best possible light’, Northumbrian duo The Brothers Gillespie make music that is animated by lyrical songwriting, fine fingerstyle guitar playing, multi-instrumental musicianship and ‘the glorious tones of their blood harmony’ (Sam Lee).

Brothers James and Sam Gillespie found their sound growing up in the fells and valleys of Northumberland, their songs often describing relationships with wild places and the experience of finding oneself in a world alive with soul. The music comes to them most strongly when walking in the borderlands with their packs and instruments which remains a regular practice for them. This spirit is channeled into their live performances which have a rare and intimate energy, both ethereal and earthy, romantic and radical. The brothers have travelled far and wide with their music and have played at Cambridge and Sidmouth Folk Festivals and opened for Lankum and Sam Lee. In 2021 they featured in the English Heritage ‘Songs of England’ recording series that appeared on BBC Radio 4. The release of their new album ‘The Merciful Road’ (‘pure magic’, Living Tradition) in Spring 2022 saw them embark on their most extensive national tour to date.

The Merciful Road’ was recorded in a cottage by the banks of the river Tweed and like their previous album ‘The Fell’, it blends rootsy, acoustic elements to create a rich warm sound with a touch of vintage magic. In some ways it is an album about finding the thread of love and belonging in a world that seems to be nonetheless unravelling.

The brothers emerge from the time of lockdowns with a yet greater reverence for the joy and privilege of being with an audience in real time and space.

‘Our music is inspired by the still wild soul of the land in which we live, a land alive with presences, not owned by anyone. It is about seeing with the eye of the heart and recovering our imaginations. It is about finding home, belonging and each other in a world which is singing to us as we sing to it’.

Jun
21
Fri
Bonfire Radicals @ Temperance
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The electrifying sound of Birmingham’s fiery, (un)traditional folk band Bonfire Radicals is both intensely creative and irresistibly fun. Their live set is a frenzy of energy – “dynamic and high octane” (Fatea Magazine) – and captures the adventurous breadth of their musical imaginations which emerge from a melting pot of original and traditional tunes from the British Isles to the Balkans. Rhythmic grooves, instrumental fireworks, rich vocal harmonies and delicate a cappella all collide and explode into a “crashing rollercoaster of sound…alive with possibility and thrills” (Folk Radio).

Their recently released album, ‘The Space Between‘, was met with great acclaim and went straight into the UK Folk Charts at #13.

The band features a female front line of recorders, fiddle, clarinet, and vocals set alongside a punchy rhythm section of electric guitar, bass, and drums. French melodies decorate African groves, delicate English folk song is underscored by Heavy Metal, Klezmer moves through moments of Art Rock, Brazilian drumming accompanies snapping Scottish Strathspeys…

Bonfire Radicals have been delighting audiences across the UK with their vibrant approach to traditional and contemporary folk music, and they are quickly making a name for themselves as “an outfit who specialises in creating a raucous and danceable feast” (At the Barrier).

“A serious powerhouse of a performance … foot-stomping and adrenalin-powered and came on like folk music played by ravers.” – The Artsdesk ★★★★

“With an electrifying global sound, the Radicals deliver a swaggering, sweaty set guaranteed to get listeners up and dancing. Exhilarating and exuberant” – Songlines ★★★★

“Boundary challenging” – RnR

“Bonfire Radicals are a proper folk melting pot, a hot, simmering six-piece whose banging and crashing rollercoaster of sound is alive with possibility and thrills… wholly unpredictable and astonishingly eclectic.” – Folk Radio

“An absolutely brilliant way to round off the night. High energy, superb musicianship – Bonfire Radicals have it all! We will definitely be seeing them back at FolkEast!” – FolkEast

“Complex and contemporary, edgy and exploratory, Bonfire Radicals burn at borders of folk, rock and classical genres.” – Irish Music Magazine

“Birmingham’s finest progressive folk band” – TradFolk

Jun
25
Tue
Saije @ Temperance
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Saije is an award-winning, contemporary folk duo whose soulful harmonies, dynamic guitar-lines and percussive breakdowns breathe life into heartfelt stories. Their songwriting is crafted from the depths; stirring vocals bound together with graceful lyricism. Through multitasking techniques, the pair create a full-bodied sound infused with flavours from their travels around the globe.

After being awarded Folk Alliance Australia’s ‘Young Artist of the Year 2019-2021’ at the National Folk Festival, Saije toured their debut EP Kindred (2019) throughout Australia and Canada in early-2020, taking their place on the line up of some of Australia’s most prominent folk festivals, such as Woodford, Port Fairy and Cygnet, as well as an official showcase at the world’s largest folk conference, Folk Alliance International in New Orleans, US. On their 2021 ‘Rekindle Tour’ and 2022 ‘Remember Tour’ the duo carried their music and messages of connection to the far-flung corners of Australia, playing Nannup Music Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, and a plethora of unifying, sold-out performances with a warmth that filled small halls and overflowed from large festival stages.

 

Jul
21
Sun
Izzie Derry @ Temperance
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Described as ‘the love child of Laura Marling and Alanis Morissette’, Izzie creates strong and uplifting songs that capture the spirit of what it means to be a young woman in today’s world.

In just 7 years Izzie has performed headline shows all over the UK and supported artists such as: Fairport Convention, Olly Murs and John Grant. She has performed at venues including: Coventry Cathedral, Resorts World Arena and The Belgrade Theatre, as well as performances across the mainstream festival circuit.

Benji Kirkpatrick + PATAKAS (Double Headline) @ Temperance
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Benji Kirkpatrick

‘Multi instrumental virtuoso’ – BBC Radio 6 Music

‘Multiple talents as a master musician of all things stringed (bouzouki, mandolin and tenor banjo) and pure, heartfelt vocals.’ – Folk Radio

Benji’s forthcoming album, entitled ‘In Phase’ explores truth and the human psyche, and will be released in the early Autumn. Guesting on the album are Benji’s Excess bandmates, Pete Thomas and newly recruited drummer Joelle Barker as well as Alex Hart, with whom Benji works in the Seth Lakeman Band. Recorded with producer Pete Brown who also features on slide guitar and pedal steel.

Benji Kirkpatrick is a singer, songwriter and musician and has performed solo for 25 years, and releasing 4 solo albums to date, In Phase will be his 5th. He regularly collaborates and tours with Seth Lakeman, was one-third of acclaimed folk band Faustus and is well-known as the rhythmic driver of multiple award-winning big band, Bellowhead.

PATAKAS

Exceptionally talented brothers Joe and Will Sartin launched their first recording ‘When You’re Ready’ with festival performances in summer 2023. Bringing driving rhythms and innovative harmony to their fresh interpretations of traditional music and their own original tunes and songs, the brothers beautifully and skilfully express the music-making and folk tradition that runs through the very core of their family.

‘Skilful and innovative… Joe Sartin’s vocals are strong and clear, Will’s mandolin dexterous and fluid… Thresherman, a 19th-century broadside, is an album highlight on which Will’s beautiful mandolin lines trace silver around Joe’s excellent vocal as the tale is told of a hard-working family man.’ – Folk Radio

A surprisingly assured debut. The tune sets provide a showcase for Will’s speedy fingers, the highlight being his natty take on David Kosky’s ‘Mystery Itch’, which manages the rare feat of leaping about whilst retaining a wistful air.’ – Tradfolk.co