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
2
Sat
Scratch Fiddle Workshop w/Lauren South @ Albany Theatre - Clive Benfield Studio
Mar 2 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

CV Folk Freshers Workshop

Here’s your chance to gain and develop your music-making and performance skills under the guidance of leading musicians and performers from the folk circuit.

CVFolk is hosting a series of specialist workshops at the Albany Theatre, Coventry on the first Saturday morning of each month. For 90 minutes you can build your expertise in a range of instruments and performance styles, inspired by experts.

Talented multi-instrumentalist and singer, Lauren South includes some ace fiddle-playing in her live shows and has extensive experience as an instrumental tutor. So, if you’re a complete beginner or only have limited experience, why not come along and have a go at the fiddle? Bring your own if you can, although there will be a small number of instruments to borrow, and Lauren will get you playing by the end of the session.

She will be hosting a number of workshops on the CVFolk programme, so watch out for follow-up dates.

Admission £5 – book in advance or bring a fiver with you, and a fiddle if you have one!

Mar
10
Sun
The Lost Notes (trio) + Paul Gibson + Jamie Scott + Pete Willow @ Albany Theatre Studio
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Mar
23
Sat
The Dublin Legends @ Albany Theatre
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The Dublin Legends (formerly world-famous Irish folk band, The Dubliners) return to The Albany stage as part of their nationwide St Patricks Week Celebration Tour in March 2024.

 It follows The Dublin’s Legends hugely enjoyable and memorable debut show at the Albany Theatre in June 2022 – which sold out a month in advance.

With over 50 years of performing experience between them with The Dubliners, Sean Cannon, Paul Watchorn, Gerry O’Connor & Shay Kavanagh are The Dublin Legends. Sean Cannon had been the lead singer with The Dubliners for over 30 years (taking over from the late Luke Kelly).

Cannon, who now resides in Coventry, and who can lay claim to be Coventry`s top music performer on the world stage currently touring, gave a vintage `hometown` performance in June 2022, captivating the capacity crowd with his stories and even singing in Gaelic on two stirring songs.

The band were created following the sudden death of The Dubliners founding member Barney McKenna when it was agreed that The Dubliners would come to an end as a touring band – and The Dublin Legends were born.

The Dublin Legends have continued the iconic musical legacy, travelling nationally and internationally to play concerts to a whole new generation of Irish music fans and their traditional Irish music followers the world over.

Their rousing folk songs and ballads are world-renowned – “Fields of Athenry”, “Dirty Old Town”, “The Wild Rover”, “The Rare Auld Times”, “Molly Malone”, “The Irish Rover”, “Black Velvet Band”, “Seven Drunken Nights” and many more… and promises an extraordinary show full of toe-tapping, foot-stomping music, humour and craic!

Following their previous sell-out show at the Albany Theatre, Coventry`s large Irish community are advised to get their tickets quickly for this rousing night of emerald isle classics.

 

Apr
6
Sat
Slide Guitar Workshop w/Bob Powell @ Albany Theatre - Clive Benfield Studio
Apr 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

 

CV Folk Freshers Workshop

Here’s your chance to gain and develop your music-making and performance skills under the guidance of leading musicians and performers from the folk circuit.

CVFolk is hosting a series of specialist workshops at the Albany Theatre, Coventry on the first Saturday morning of each month. For 90 minutes you can build your expertise in a range of instruments and performance styles, inspired by experts.

Member of acclaimed trad Americana trio The Harvesters, Bob Powell’s talents in slide and laptop guitar (among several other instruments) produce the powerful blues-y sound that brings something special to the guitarist’s repertoire. He will guide you through the basics – kit, technique, tuning and licks – as preparation for follow-up work on playing techniques and constructing solos.

He will be hosting a number of workshops on the CVFolk programme, so watch out for follow-up dates.

Admission £5 – book in advance or bring a fiver with you, and a guitar if you have one!

Apr
14
Sun
Lauren South – Celebratory Cruise on a Tiny Boat w/Keith Donnelly, John Parker, Ben Haines and Ellie Gowers. Plus Maria Barham + Becky Syson @ Albany Theatre Studio
Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

A celebration of Lauren South‘s Tiny Boat – the debut album that’s been taking the folk world by storm!

A Celebratory Cruise on a Tiny Boat with Lauren South and guests.

No stranger to the Albany Theatre, widely-acclaimed singer and multi-instrumentalisfrom Rugby, Lauren South has launched a new album which – if you’ll pardon the cliché – is making a big splash in the folk world.

Recorded at Bill Bates’s studio in LeamingtonTiny Boat was released last November. It comprises 14 of Lauren’s superbly crafted songs written in awe of love and friendship, motherhood, the natural world and the night sky. Now one of the most talked about new albums by a new artist, it also features four amazing guest musicians, Ellie Gowers (vocals), John Parker (double bass), Keith Donnelly (guitar and vocals) and Ben Haines (percussion), all of whom will be joining her for this special concert in the Albany Theatre Foyer to celebrate the success of this landmark recording.

Lauren has also invited two wonderful support acts to perform on this all-star evening: Redhills singer and guitarist Maria Barham and acclaimed singer-songwriter Becky Syson.

Tickets are now available from the Box Office for £11.50 – don’t miss out on this musical voyage of a lifetime.

It might be a tiny boat, but it’s carrying an impressively large cargo!  Lauren South’s debut album is a delight.  A restorative for the jaded times we live in. John Barlass – At The Barrier

May
4
Sat
‘Write a Song’ – Workshop w/Coventry Singer-Songwriters @ Albany Theatre - Clive Benfield Studio
May 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

CV Folk Freshers Workshop

Here’s your chance to gain and develop your music-making and performance skills under the guidance of leading musicians and performers from the folk circuit.

CVFolk is hosting a series of specialist workshops at the Albany Theatre, Coventry on the first Saturday morning of each month. For 90 minutes you can build your expertise in a range of instruments and performance styles, inspired by experts.

Members of the long-established Coventry Singer-Songwriters group, led by Jon Harrington, will work with you for a hands-on session, exploring your creativity in lyrics and melody, and enabling you to write your own song. This follows the well-received masterclass which they presented for CVFolk last summer with a much bigger focus on your own writing and composition.

Admission £5 – book in advance or bring a fiver with you, and an instrument if you have one!

May
12
Sun
Liam Vincent & the Odd Foxes + Julie Neale + Jamie Scott @ Albany Theatre Studio
May 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
May
19
Sun
Dark Side of the Ledge (Meet on the Ledge play Pink Floyd) @ Albany Theatre Studio
May 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Featuring Meet On The Ledge founder members, Allen Maslen and Ron Holmes, the folk-rock favourites appear as a 5-piece band to perform songs of Pink Floyd. The line-up includes keyboards-player Steve Bird, drummer Bo Davies and Craig Sunderland on bass.

They’ll be playing songs from The Dark Side of the Moon plus selections from Pink Floyd’s extensive back catalogue including Arnold LayneComfortably NumbAnother Brick In The WallWish You Were Here and many more.

May
25
Sat
The Fureys @ Albany Theatre
May 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

When The Fureys make their eagerly awaited return, they will treat their audience to one of popular music’s richest legacies.

They are one of Ireland’s all-time most acclaimed and influential middle of the road, folk and traditional bands. Furey’s classics like I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, Red Rose Café, Leaving Nancy, The Old Man, From Clare to Here and The Green Fields of France have become the soundtrack to the lives of fans all over the world.

The Furey brothers were still trying to make it as folk singers in the late Sixties when Eddie Furey shared flats in Scotland with then fellow folk stars-in-waiting, Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty (of Baker Street fame).

Eddie and George Furey are particularly proud of their UK chart success with songs such as I Will Love You and When You Were Sweet Sixteen, which in turn helped bring Irish folk and traditional music to a completely new audience. The band made their Top of the Pops debut in 1981.

Eddie Furey recalls how “many musicians have told us we influenced them after hearing a record from their parents or grandparents’ collection”Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics has credited Eddie with teaching him his first chords on the guitar. Eddie would return the compliment by joining Dave on stage in Paris for a jam during the latter’s wedding to Bananarama’s Siobhan Fahey.

Jun
1
Sat
Improvers Guitar Workshop w/Kevin Dempsey @ Albany Theatre - Clive Benfield Studio
Jun 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

CV Folk Freshers Workshop

Here’s your chance to gain and develop your music-making and performance skills under the guidance of leading musicians and performers from the folk circuit.

CVFolk is hosting a series of specialist workshops at the Albany Theatre, Coventry on the first Saturday morning of each month. For 90 minutes you can build your expertise in a range of instruments and performance styles, inspired by experts.

Founder member of legendary bands Dando Shaft and Whippersnapper, Kevin Dempsey is regarded as one of the finest acoustic guitarists on the international folk scene. Based in Coventry himself, he is also an experienced tutor and welcomes guitarists at all stages to join him and improve on their abilities. Just bring your guitar and join the fun. He will be hosting a number of workshops on the CVFolk programme, so watch out for follow-up dates.

Admission £5 – book in advance or bring a fiver with you and your guitar!