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.

Dec
2
Thu
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)

Website:

http://www.markharrisonrootsmusic.com/

Music:

http://www.markharrisonrootsmusic.com/music.php

Film of the single Toolmaker’s Blues:

Film of Mark solo:

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

 

Dec
3
Fri
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.