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.

Boss Acoustic, Jack Blackman, Kris Chambers @ Stratford Play House,
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Kris Chambers
Southern rock, Bluegrass and country

Jack Blackman
Blues and Roots

Boss Acoustic
Classic Rock, Americana and Springsteen

Doors Open at 7:30PM
Starts at 8:00PM

Martin Carthy + Jack Blackman @ The Folk Club
Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Martin Carthy

Lifetime Achievement Award – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014
For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest
innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly
controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him
many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.
Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave
Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy
have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo
albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the
latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert
stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals;
music documentary strand on BBC 2) – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t

He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an
authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow
an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position.
Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar,
which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon,
on both sides of the Atlantic.

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band @ Stratford Play House,
May 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Line-up includes Phillip Henry, Hannah Martin and John Spiers

Julie July Band Perform ‘Fotheringay’ – Songs from Sandy Denny @ Stratford Playhouse,
Jul 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

50 Years on from the Iconic “Fotheringay” Album, British Folk-Rock group JJB perform at the Stratford Playhouse. They have built a substantial reputation with reinterpretations and arrangements of the work of singer-songwriter Sandy Denny. In Sandy’s brief career she left a legacy of beautiful, haunting original and traditional compositions. Richard Thompson called her “The greatest artist of her generation”. Melody Maker readers twice voted her the Best British Female Singer in 1970 &1971. Her most famous song “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” was voted favourite folk track of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2 and has been covered by many artists including;- Judy Collins, Nina Simone, Eva Cassidy and Kate Rusby. The bands new tour features songs from 1970 “Fotheringay” Album;- Pond and the Stream, Nothing More, The Sea, The Way I Feel, Winter Winds, Late November, John the Gun, Banks of the Nile, Gypsy Davey plus some old favourites. Inspired by Sandy’s work and the wider folk, rock and blues movements of the Sixties and Seventies. The band will also perform songs from their own self-penned Albums & 39;Lady of the First Light & 39; and new Album ‘Wonderland’ due for release Summer 2021.

The line-up for 2021 features musicians with Folk-Rock roots; Dik Cadbury from1970’s Decameron (Bass, Fiddle, Vocals), Mick Candler – Decameron, Roll Movement (Drums), John Brunsdon (Lead guitarist), William Barry (Acoustic guitar, vocals), Carol Lee Sampson (Keyboards, Vocals) and Julie July (Vocals).British Folk Rock at its best!

Richard Thompson @ Stratford Playhouse,
Jul 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets £29.50. Box Office 01789 333990

Since co-founding Fairport Convention in 1967, guitarist Richard Thompson has had one of the most decorated careers in music. He’s received an OBE and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the BBC, the Ivor Novellos and Nashville’s Americana awards. LA Times called him “The finest songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix”. Rolling Stone named him “one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time.”

With Linda Thompson, he released six albums between 1974 and 1982. The first, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, was not critically acclaimed on its release but has since come to be considered a masterpiece.

Throughout the 80s, 90s and 00s, Thompson released one critically acclaimed album after another, amassing generation upon generation of new fans: since Dream Attic (2010), an album described by Paste as containing “some of the most visceral guitar solos of his career” he has had a string of Top 20 albums in the UK, reaching the highest chart positions of his long career. Last year’s 13 Rivers was described by Pop Matters as “a raw, unfiltered affair from a veteran artist who shows no signs of slowing down,” and anyone who has seen him live recently will know what they mean.