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:

  • 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 many of the events listed here are shared in their own events listing.

Dec
12
Tue
Open Club – Christmas Special @ Stockton Folk Club
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Residents
Peter Mason, Don Arthurson
Bob and Anne Clucas
Rik Middleton
plus your hosts:
Away With the Fairies
Dec
17
Sun
Newbold-on-Avon Christmas Mummers Play @ Various
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

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 was performed every year at both private and public houses from that year apart from during the lockdown!

Dec
20
Wed
The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker! @ Temperance Café
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Churchfitters is a folk group like no other. A double bass made out of scrap metal. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stomping fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. Their “Christmas Cracker” show is a mouthwatering selection of traditional and original festive season songs which will see Christmas in with a bang, a paper hat-full of surprises, novelties – and some terrible jokes too!

Dec
22
Fri
Folly Brothers + Wes Stanton Bass + others = Ho Ho Hoe Down @ The Town House
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm – 11:59 pm

🍷 Mince pies and complimentary drink on arrival

🏆 Prizes for the best dressed guests

🍾 Wines, beers and spirits of Christmas past, present and future

Dec
26
Tue
Coventry Mummers Stoneleigh Play @ Various
Dec 26 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

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 49th year of its revival.

  • 10:30 and 10:50am, Ashow, CV8 2LE.
  • 11:15am, Stoneleigh Close, CV8 3DE.
  • 12:15pm, Church Lane, CV8 3DN.
  • 12:45pm, to be announced
  • 1:15pm, Stoneleigh Village Club, CV8 3DH.
Feb
2
Fri
Execution Ballads: Jason Buck presents Oliver Cross & Eleanor Servanté @ Temperance Café
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

In January, we hosted their first visit to Temperance. The combination of great stories, great ballads and superb musicians in our intimate basement venue made for an extraordinary evening. We just had to do it again. Expect more gruesome tales, some wonderful fiddle, harmonica and hurdy gurdy playing. This will be another magical evening.

Tonight, story-teller Jason Buck introduces more execution ballads and other cheery tunes from days gone by. These were songs that detailed the execution of a prisoner or criminals. Very popular from the 16th Century, they often described graphic violence and the gruesome deaths of the subject in a way to educate others about the potential consequences of committing crime. They were mostly sung to the tune of popular songs. `This was a popular way of spreading stories as many people then were illiterate. The prisoner was invariably pleased to hear that they were writing a song in celebration of their life. This was somewhat diminished when they were told that it was an execution ballad.

Strictly not for the faint-hearted. Jason will tell their stories. Eleanor Servanté and Oliver Cross will perform the ballads. This will be a night to remember. To remember the deaths of lost souls. Be warned.

Oliver Cross is a folk singer, harmonica and hurdy gurdy player. He was born in Cambridge and moved to Preston in 2019. He is immersed in the folk lore and song of the region and is enjoying researching local tunes and ballads. His main area of interest is songs relating to the area’s rich industrial heritage, execution ballads and songs of transportation.

Eleanor Servanté grew up in a small Cumbrian village on the Solway Firth and has been singing and playing folk music in local pubs since she was a child. She combines her love of history and researching ballads, to perform songs from the nineteenth century and beyond, in line with her historical interest.