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:

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

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.

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.

Harborough Magna Christmas Mummers Play @ Various
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Provisional  tour (to be confirmed):

  • 8pm The Raven, Brinklow, CV23 0LN.
  • 8.30pm Golden Lion, Easenhall, CV23 0JA.
  • 9pm The Old Lion, Harborough Magna, CV23 0HQ.
  • 9.30pm Denbigh Arms, Monks Kirby, CV23 0QX.

Harborough Magna is located north-west of Rugby and the play was collected by two members of the Coventry Mummers in 1978 from one Arthur Steet.

GreenMatthews live online: A Christmas Carol in concert @ Online - Zoom
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Guest appearance by Jude Rees

Watch again available

GreenMatthews bring you their acclaimed retelling of the best-loved Yuletide adventure of them all – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

First published in 1843, the story is credited with reinventing and reinvigorating the British Christmas and has been loved and retold by every generation since. Using new lyrics and traditional English folk tunes, GreenMatthews with special guest Jude Rees use a bewitching blend of voices and instruments to create a musical retelling of this seasonal favourite.

The show is an hour-long performance of Dickens’ iconic novella – the tale of how flinty-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes several ghostly visitations over the course of a cold and bitter Christmas Eve and awakes the following morning transformed into the epitome of the Christmas spirit – warm-hearted, generous and loving. This heartwarming tale is presented entirely in narrative song, using new lyrics set to traditional English folk and carol melodies.

The concert lasts for one hour. GreenMatthews will then be available for a live Q&A/chat for a further 30 minutes afterwards.

This event will take place LIVE in Zoom.

Details of how to access the event will be in your ticket confirmation. Please make sure you check your spam or junk email folders if you don’t receive it straight away.


We are offering three ticket types for this event:
– Standard ticket is the ‘normal’ price that we would charge for the event
– Pay a bit more is for those who can afford to, and would like to help support live music and our artists
– Pay a bit less is for those who would find the standard ticket a bit of a stretch, for whatever reason.

You can purchase whichever ticket you like; you don’t need to give a reason, and you won’t be asked for any proof of need. For online events you only need to purchase one ticket per household/computer.

We are trialling this ticket system to help make our events more accessible to more people, and to allow those who would happily pay a bit more to do so easily, helping us to subsidise tickets for those who can’t afford them.

The York Waits @ The Dream Factory
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The Waits celebrate the Festive Season with songs, carols and dances from across medieval and renaissance England and Europe, performed on loud and quiet wind consorts, bowed and plucked strings, and the rustic bagpipes and vielle.

Tickets (including mulled wine and mince pies) are also available at:

Visitor Information Centre, Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade, Leamington Spa, CV32 4AA.

Newbold-on-Avon Christmas Mummers Play @ Various
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Provisional schedule to be confirmed:

  • 10am Pantolf Place, Newbold on Avon, CV21 1HR.
  • 10.30am Newbold Road, Newbold on Avon, CV21 1EF.
  • 11.15am St Botolph’s Church, Newbold on Avon, CV21 1HH.
  • 12pm Manor House Close, Newbold on Avon, CV21 1HB.
  • 12,30pm The Barley Mow, Main Street, Newbold on Avon, CV21 1HW.

Newbold on Avon is situated north of Rugby and the text for this play was published in 1899 in the journal of the folk lore society. Revived by the Coventry Mummers in 1976, the play has been performed every year since then at both private and public houses!

Thrup’nny Bits – songs for Christmas @ Wurzel Bush Folk Club
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

See Thrup’nny Bits on video here – and here

Free admission – jug collection

Resident acts – perm any from: Gary Painting, Craig Sunderland, Jane Moss & Paul Monks, Greengrass, As The Heron, Dave Sampson, Eddie Player. Free admission – jug collection.

Coventry Mummers Stoneleigh Christmas Play @ Various
Dec 27 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Provisional schedule to be confirmed

  • 10.30am Ashow, CV8 2LE.
  • 11am Stoneleigh Close, CV8 3DE.
  • ‘11.30am The Bank’, CV8 3DA.
  • 12pm Church Lane, CV8 3DN.
  • 12.30pm Walkers Orchard, CV8 3JG.
  • 1pm Stoneleigh Village Club, CV8 3DH.

Stoneleigh village lies between Coventry and Leamington Spa on the B4109. The Stoneleigh Play was first published in 1926 by Mary Dormer Harris, a prominent local historian and former village resident. She collected the play from a man who played the part of the Doctor. Revived by the Coventry Mummers in 1975, this year marks the 46th year of its revival (although last year was a very small and socially distanced affair).