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.

Mar
3
Sun
Singing for Joy with Jill Davis @ Temperance Café
Mar 3 @ 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.
Mar
5
Tue
Rachael McShane and the Cartographers @ Temperance Café
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Rachael McShane is a renowned folk singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player from the North East of England. She gained fame as an original member of the award-winning folk big band Bellowhead, touring with them extensively and making a number of television appearances. The band recorded five studio albums and, together, they won a staggering total of 8 BBC Folk Awards. Parting ways in 2016, the band returned in 2022 for a series of ecstatically-received performances that reminded audiences of their unique alchemy, energy and talent.

Away from her Bellowhead fame, Rachael is a much sought-after performer and recording artist. Her debut solo album No Man’s Fool arrived in 2009 via Navigator Records, establishing impressive credentials that eventually led her to signing with the prestigious Topic Records, the oldest independent record label in the world. She also is the leader of The Cartographers, a band that features the exceptional talents of guitarist Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing), and melodeon player Julian Sutton (Kathryn Tickell, Sting). Their music is a powerful blend of traditional folk and contemporary sounds, with Rachael’s stunning voice and instrumental skills leading the line. The Cartographers have garnered a loyal following thanks to their impressive live performances and critically acclaimed debut album, When All Is Still (2018).

In recent years, Rachael has lent her voice to a new adaptation of The Transports alongside The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton. The resulting album was a stunning showcase of Rachael’s range as an artist, and is testament to her ability to breathe new life into old folk songs.

The Stopwatch Sessions (open mic) @ Somerville Arms
Mar 5 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

First Tuesday of the month

Our open mic nights are open to all and we welcome and encourage you to come along and have a go! We make sure everyone gets around a 15 minute slot each.

Mar
6
Wed
Billy Rowan – The Undercover Hippy @ Temperance Café
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Billy Rowan aka The Undercover Hippy has been performing at festivals since 2008, working his way up from being a solo singer-songwriter playing in small marquee stages, to now having a full band of incredible musicians and playing main-stages at some of the UK’s best independent festivals. The band have been regulars at Glastonbury, Boomtown, Electric Picnic, Eden Festival in Scotland and Beautiful Days, plus many more around the UK and Europe. They also tour extensively in the UK twice a year, playing to packed venues from Edinburgh to Penzance.

The music is best described as politically driven acoustic roots reggae folk-hop, with feel good vibes and a sly sense of humour. The live show is high energy, interactive, and always leaves the crowd begging for more. Devoted fans travel the length of the UK for shows, audibly singing along with every chorus.

In April 2023 the band will release their long awaited fourth album “Not Paying Attention”, alongside multiple single releases and a comprehensive UK release tour.

Mar
9
Sat
Lauren South & Friends: Album Launch @ Temperance Café
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

TINY BOAT – ALBUM LAUNCH CONCERT

Residing in Warwickshire, Lauren South is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist renowned for her original compositions and traditional melodies. With the accompaniment of tenor guitar, fiddle, and shruti box, her songs exude heartfelt emotion and vivid imagery, drawing inspiration from her passion for the nocturnal heavens, the natural world, and her journey through motherhood.

Lauren will be joined by guest musicians John ParkerEllie Gowers, Keith Donnelly and Ben Haines at this very special one-off evening celebrating the launch of her album, Tiny Boat.

Mar
10
Sun
Hannah James and Toby Kuhn @ Temperance Café
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Hannah and Toby met in Summer 2018 at Floating Castle festival in Slovenia and it was clear that these two musicians shared a common approach to music making and a real artistic chemistry.

Award-winning folk musician, dancer and composer Hannah James is complemented perfectly by the virtuoso cello of Toby Kuhn. Known for her work with Lady Maisery, Maddy Prior, Sam Sweeney, Seasick Steve and Songs of Separation (with Eliza Carthy and Karina Polwart and more), Hannah is one of the key figures in the modern UK folk scene. Rooted in the English Tradition but enriched by her collaborations all over Europe, her charismatic blend of accordion, vocal and clog dancing forged an instant artistic chemistry with impressive French cellist Toby Kuhn.

Toby is a crossover musician with a taste for improvisation and folk music of all persuasions. Always on the lookout for new ways to play his instrument, his unorthodox approach has won admiration and acclaim wherever he goes. He regularly tours Europe and the world, bringing with him the full potential of the cello on a journey across style and invention.

Together, their music is soulful, original and conversational. The combination of accordion and cello allows for a huge palette of sounds and textures which lift James’s pure voice and deeply honest songwriting. In the next breath they switch to choppy rhythms and joyful interplay between cello and percussive dance. This duo deliver a diverse, playful and hugely original performance. Their debut album “Sleeping Spirals” has just been released to considerable acclaim.

Mar
11
Mon
True Foxes @ Temperance Café
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

True Foxes are an Americana, cousin-duo from Cornwall and Wales. Amie’s powerful vocals and soulful song writing has been compared to the likes of Stevie Nicks and Brandi Carlile, performing on Guitar. Together with Chloe’s ethereal harmonies and melodic bass lines the duo’s storytelling and sisterly banter takes the audience on an emotional journey.

Described as ‘the hardest working duo in the South West’ (Daniel Pascoe, BBC introducing) the self-managed duo have performed at over 200 venues across the UK in 2023 receiving incredible reviews across prestigious venues including Liverpool Philharmonic and Water Rats.

2022 saw the release of the duo’s debut EP ‘Sunny’ – since featured on multiple BBC radio stations.

In 2023 they held ticketed events across the UK for their debut tour and performed at major festivals including Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Wilderness, Wychwood, Celtic Connections and Boardmasters, also gracing the mainstages at Tunes in the Dunes, Great Estate, Rock Oyster and RattlerFest.

With one EP under their belt, two new singles, ‘How are you now?‘ and ‘17‘, a music video released spring 2023, new single ‘Devil’s Calling’ out in December and a debut album with a launch tour in store for 2024, things are looking exciting for True Foxes!

Mar
16
Sat
WLDFLWRS perform The Last Waltz @ Temperance Café
Mar 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.

On 30th March, WLDFLWRS will be raising money for Street Arts Project, the charity that the band work with, by performing a selection of songs from the 1970s star-studded concert by The Band called ‘The Last Waltz‘ at the United Reform Church in Stratford on Avon.

The original concert featured names such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton and many others and WLDFLWRS will invite friends and collaborators to join them and recreate this seminal concert.

As a warm up for the event they will play some of these songs in the relaxed setting of their favourite venue, Temperance, in a free concert for anyone to attend on the afternoon of Saturday the 16th March.

Reserve your space for free so we know numbers. Doors 2pm. Donations welcome at the end for Street Arts Project.

 

Mar
17
Sun
Anna Pancaldi @ Temperance Café
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Anna Pancaldi, an enchanting and noteworthy London-based singer-songwriter influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Carole King and proves a rare talent and an artist to remember through her wondrous vocals and thought-provoking songbook. Anna’s exquisite latest musical offerings are effortlessly honest, touchingly relatable and is a performer known for her deeply affecting live performances.

After a sold-out London headline show at Folklore in May 2023 after the release of her rousing new single, Where Do I Lay All the Love I Have Left, Anna then released her anthemic single, Stay This Way, in September with more songs to follow shortly. Anna embarks on a full headline UK tour,including another sold-out headline show at London’s The Waiting Room on October 20th.

2023 marks a poignant new epoch for Anna having musically remerged from her chrysalis with her most inspired music yet and a pivotal turning point in her career.

With an impressive catalogue of music placements in film and TV including the globally acclaimed Grey’s Anatomy trailer, Focus Feature film, Every BodyPretty Little Liars, Famous in Love, Paramount film, The In Between, Nancy Drew, Love Is Blind (Netflix) and has featured in and soundtracked an adrenaline filled Levi’s campaign.

With three Top Ten’s in the singer-songwriter iTunes charts, Anna has gone on to captivate audiences headlining across the UK, Europe and the US. Headlining shows in NYC, LA, Chicago, and Nashville. Anna has captured audiences with TV appearances on CBS LA and London Live and toured the world opening for heavyweight artists such as David Ryan Harris (John Mayer’s guitarist), Jake Isaac and Fatai.

Mar
19
Tue
Iona Lane @ Temperance Café
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Iona Lane is a folk singer, songwriter and storyteller. Iona released her debut album ‘Hallival‘ in March 2022 to critical acclaim, reaching number 36 in the Folk Album Charts and airplay across the country including the folk shows on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Wales. Iona’s music draws inspiration from landscapes and the natural world, finding stories in rural locations of mythology, folklore and science and giving them new life in folk music. Accompanied by intricate guitar playing and the hypnotic tones of a shruti box, Iona’s voice has been captivating audiences up and down the country.