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.

Nick Hart @ Temperance Cafe
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Nick Hart is an award-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist whose work with English folk song is rapidly gaining him a reputation as one of the most acclaimed performers of his generation. His considered approach to accompaniment is informed by a deep respect for the nuances of traditional song and his captivating live performances are a testament to the importance he places on story-telling.

Nick has released two solo albums, Nick Hart Sings Eight English Folk Songs (2017) and Nick Hart Sings Nine English Folk Songs (2019), both to critical acclaim. His predictably titled third album is due for release in April 2022.

Recorded during the first lockdown of 2020, Nick Hart Sings Ten English Folk Songs is in many ways a departure from the stripped back, live approach of Nick’s first two albums. Deprived of a sound engineer and locked away in a house full of strange instruments, he was afforded the time and space to explore different approaches to the accompaniment of traditional song. Nick’s distinctive guitar playing is augmented here by harmonium, lyre, viols and a host of percussion and woodwinds, and while some tracks were recorded completely live, others such as May Song and Dives and Lazarus have been given a more multi-layered treatment. At the heart of it though, Nick has approached the songs on this album with the care and sensitivity for which he has become known, allowing the them the space they need, while bringing to the fore the nuances in mode and meter that make these songs so special.

Chessi O’Dowd – album launch @ Temperance Cafe
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Chessi O’Dowd plays songs from her new debut album ‘Wine Glass Filter‘.

.Chessi will be accompanied on stage by talented musicians Dan Sealey and Jack Blackman and will be playing the album for us from start to finish.Signed copies of the album will be available on the night. Just £3 advance tickets only. 

The Brothers Gillespie @ Temperance Cafe
May 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Brothers James and Sam Gillespie grew up in the Northumbrian village of Wall and sing finely crafted original and traditional songs. Rich with lyrical intensity and the sounds of soaring sibling harmony, guitars, flute, fiddle and mandolin, their second album ‘The Fell’ has been described as ‘a classic in the making’ (Northern Sky) and as showing ‘British acoustic music in its best possible light’ (Folk Radio UK).

As well as the folk traditions of Britain and Ireland they are deeply inspired by the folk revival artists of the 60’s and 70’s including Bert Jansch, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Sandy Denny, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and the American roots folk and blues traditions.

The brothers have travelled widely since 2015, singing everywhere from concert halls to campfires, folk festivals and Parisian circuses. Their performances are often intimate and personal, animated by a rare energy that is both earthy and ethereal, romantic and radical.’ See less

The Cellar Tapes + James Knight + Katherine Abbott @ Temperance Cafe
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

The Cellar Tapes are Carol Whitworth (guitar, bass, vocals), of world dance band Jabba Cartel with Andrew Sharpe (piano, vocals) of Steamchicken, and singer songwriter Wes Finch (electric guitar, vocals). Formed originally as a song-writing project, developed over lockdown, they have put together a set of English whimsy, based around characters Carol observed growing up in rural Oxfordshire, Andrew’s twisted morality fables, and to Wes’s wry observational folk/blues. They started gigging early spring, augmented on selected gigs by percussion from Ben Haines and woodwind from Beccy Bernamont.

Trevor Babajack Steger @ Temperance Cafe
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Perhaps best known as a founder member of the Multi-award winning band ‘Babajack’, Trevor Babajack Steger has established himself as an accomplished solo performer. His first solo album, ‘Sawdust Man’ reminds us how powerful a writer, musician and performer he is. His second album confirmed his position as one of the most exciting Blues musicians on the circuit today. The only thing better than listening to him is to watch Trevor playing live, to witness the transformation he undergoes during each performance. A Tour-de-force with only his guitar, harp, voice and a stompbox. Nominated for Best Acoustic Act 2020/1 in the British Blues Awards.

Mama’s Broke @ Temperance Cafe
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Mama’s Broke is a powerful folk duo that deliver a compelling performance with heart and raw energy. Although highly influenced by their Canadian roots, Lisa and Amy are based out of nowhere and everywhere.

Their two strong voices blend to create haunting harmonies, while they artfully juggle fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin, and incorporate traditional dance and foot percussion into their performance. Their original – and often dark – compositions push the boundaries of tradition and the constraints of genre. Drawing from old-time, Quebecois, blues, punk, Celtic, Balkan and doom metal, they create a soundscape that is both familiar and new.

Since forming the band in 2014, Mama’s Broke has been gaining momentum fast; having already completed two European, and several Canadian and U.S. tours. They have performed in a wide range of venues, from circus shows in New Orleans, to pirate ships in Amsterdam, to concert halls in Ireland, to theatres in Brooklyn. In this way, they stay true to the transient nature of folklore, as they travel the world sharing and collecting song.

The Quiet Men – Irish session @ Temperance Cafe
Jun 9 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Every second Thursday of every month, the Quiet Men transform Temperance into a Cork bar. Mainly Irish music. Bring an instrument, everyone welcome!

Cahalen Morrison @ Temperance Cafe
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Originally hailing from the high desert of Northern New Mexico, Cahalen Morrison has made a name for himself. Over the past decade touring solo, as a duo with Eli West, or with his roadhouse country band Western Centuries, Cahalen has played shows and festivals all over the world and performed on stage with the likes of Tim O’Brien, Kelly Joe Phelps, Hot Rize, Crooked Still and Kris Drever.

Equally at home on guitar, banjo, mandolin, singing three part harmony or unaccompanied, he has carved out a place for himself as a unique voice in American music. An insightful and poetic wordsmith and songwriter, a subtle and accomplished roots multi-instrumentalist and a captivating singer.

In April 2019, Cahalen went down to a remote village on the border of New Mexico and Colorado and holed up in an old adobe chapel along with Erick Jaskowiak, who had brought out a mobile recording rig. In just a day and a half, they tracked his next solo album Wealth of Sorrow, ten intimate songs of just Cahalen and his guitar and banjo.

Cahalen has played all over the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland and much of Western Europe, and at festivals such as MerleFest, Red Wing Roots, Rockygrass, Wintergrass, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Strawberry Music Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, Meadowgrass, Timber!, Shetland Folk Festival, Larmer Tree, Kilkenny Roots Festival, TradFest Edinburgh, Celtic Connections, Bluegrass Jamboree.

Tickets £10 adv / £12.50 on door

Martin Simpson @ Temperance Cafe
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

** Second date added due to popular demand **

The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin Simpson gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

“What’s it like being the best guitar player in the world…?” Martin’s modesty and grace prevented him from answering this BBC Radio 4 interviewer’s question recently, but the facts speak for themselves.

40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.

He is listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, and Acoustic Guitar readers voted him number 12 guitarist in the world in 2005.

Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, his solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, Simpson is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. His own songwriting produced the poignant ‘Never Any Good’, from Prodigal Son, 2007’s Folk Album of the Year.

In recent years, he has been a lynchpin in the award-winning Full English, The Elizabethan Sessions and, in 2015, recorded Murmurs, an exciting new album with Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr. Martin’s latest solo album entitled Trails and Tribulations was released in September 2017 on Topic Records. Album guests include Andy Cutting, Kathryn Tickell, Nancy Kerr and John Smith. In September 2019 Topic Records will release Martin’s new album ‘Rooted’, a mixture of Simpson originals and traditional songs and tunes with guest appearances from friends old and new. As ever Martin is pushing in new directions, expect exquisite ensemble playing and solo magic.

He has had the most nominations of any performer in the 18 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, an astonishing 32 times, 13 of those as Musician of the Year, winning that particular accolade twice.

A virtuoso player without question, but above all Martin Simpson conveys his diverse treasure trove of material from the heart, performing with rare subtlety, intensity and honesty. A true master of his art.

Half Deaf Clatch @ Temperance Café
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Live at Temperance | Half Deaf Clatch

Drawing on his obsession with pre-war country blues, Half Deaf Clatch (aka Andrew McLatchie) has been impressing audiences all over the UK for the last eleven years with his raw down-home blues and his original song writing. Described as a Slide Stomp Blues Machine he has been a finalist in the British and UK Blues Awards seventeen times in the last nine years

“a voice that digs down deeper than gravel, superbly constructed songs, a personality that connects with each member of the audience and a passion for his craft that shines through” – Richard Dunning, TNM

Half Deaf Clatch

Original Solo Blues and Roots

Eleven Time British Blues Award Finalist 2013 – 2016

Six Time UK Blues Award Finalist 2018, 2020, 2021 & 2022