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:

  • 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 any event listed here will also appear in their own events listing.

Sep
26
Mon
Martin Simpson @ Temperance Cafe
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin 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.

Martin continues to collaborate with a dazzling array of people from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons are among the great musicians he has worked with.

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.

Sep
28
Wed
Winter Wilson @ Temperance Cafe
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Singing out for the underdog in glorious harmony. Original songs packed with punch and emotion that will get beneath your skin, and all delivered with great humour.

Pre-Covid, Winter Wilson had completed tours of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and most of Western Europe, in addition to the UK. Their eight studio albums had all received rave reviews, and 2019’s “Live & Unconventional” (recorded on tour with folk-rock icons Fairport Convention and on stage at Cropredy Festival) was no different.

Back in Lincolnshire throughout the pandemic, the pair streamed “Live from the Lounge” for 60 consecutive weeks and also wrote and recorded “The Passing of the Storm”, their tenth album, adding further to their reputation as superb writers, singers and musicians, and great all-round entertainers.

Now performing stunning new songs alongside old favourites, Kip Winter and Dave Wilson are thrilled to be back on the road.

You will laugh; you may cry. You will certainly want to see them again!

Oct
1
Sat
Trevor Babajack Steger @ Temperance Cafe
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 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.

Oct
4
Tue
Hawes and Catlow @ Temperance Cafe
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music.

Weaving a musical dialogue between fiddle, guitar and voice, Kit and Aaron explore the rich musical heritage of the British Isles, and create original music inspired by the traditions they grew up in. In demand as musicians, writers and arrangers, Kit and Aaron have worked with many established artists including Grammy Award-nominated Yola, Seth Lakeman, Afro Celt Sound System and Roni Size.

Since the release of their highly acclaimed debut album ‘The Fox’ in 2016, the pair have built a reputation as one of the standout acts on the UK music circuit. Praise comes from music lovers and press alike, including Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2 – “reminiscent of Martin Carthy and the late Dave Swarbrick, I can give them no higher accolade”, Acoustic Magazine – “head and shoulders above the rest” and Living Tradition – “mightily impressive”.

Their follow up album, which draws its name from the title track ‘Pill Pilots‘, was released in March 2020. The Pill Pilots were a group of highly-skilled mariners, who for over a thousand years guided tall ships through the treacherous waters of the Bristol channel and the river Avon. The album was recorded live in a single room and celebrates the time-honoured relationship between the fiddle and guitar. The pair pay tribute to the past, whilst setting themselves apart with an unparalleled mastery of their instruments and dynamic range to create a musical conversation that wends its way through the album’s nine tracks.

 

Oct
5
Wed
Andi Wolf, Lauren South @ Temperance Café
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Andi Wolf and Lauren South are widely regarded as two of the finest singer-songwriters in Warwickshire. They have played Temperance several times to rave reviews. This is a rare opportunity to see them play extended solo sets and together as a duo for the first time.

This is sure to be a great evening in the company of the areas most influential artists in a unique double bill show. Just a fiver.

Andi has been a professional music maker for most of his life… He’s currently sharing work from his ‘Welcome to Orphan Club…’ project… Elements of Americana, alt country and contemporary folk infuse Andi’s often sonically overwhelming, powerfully potent sound… His achingly intense voice and disarmingly honest lyrics artfully celebrate the ache of the end of things… “Inspired by the tragedy of heartbreak and grief the beautifully bleak poetry of goodbye just pours out of this man…”

Lauren South is a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose self-penned and traditional songs have gained her a reputation as one of Warwickshire’s finest up and coming folk musicians. Tenor guitar, fiddle and shruti box provide backing for songs full of emotion and imagery, inspired by Lauren’s love of the night sky, nature and family life.

Oct
10
Mon
Geoff Lakeman and Rob Murch @ Temperance Cafe
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

THE “ Titan of Twang “ and the “ Concertina Crooner” team up in a dynamic new folk/acoustic duo .

GEOFF LAKEMAN,patriarch of a folk dynasty – as dad of Seth, Sean and Sam and father-in-law of Cara Dillon and Kathryn Roberts – teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his vintage duet concertina.

ROB MURCH brings the wow factor to the banjo, with his unique,punchy fingerstyle playing.

Both live on Dartmoor, so it was inevitable they’d gang-up musically. Expect self-written and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk riffs.

Rob’s percussive finger-ballet up and down the fret board of his 100 year-old instrument is mesmerising.He’s revered throughout the UK for his long-time work with the renowned Dartmoor Pixie Band and The Watch trio.

After 50 years as a journalist music-loving Geoff recorded his debut CD ,”After All These Years” at the age of 69, which garnered four and five-star reviews and national radio airplay.He’s acclaimed for his “ masterful” playing of the rare Crane duet concertina and his “ rich, melodic voice.”

The duo’s relaxed yet sparkling stage presence together is bubbling with the “feel -good” factor.

Between them Geoff and Rob have performed at festivals all over the UK and abroad, theatres, arts centres and folk clubs. They are equally at ease in venues large or small. This will be a fabulous evening.

Oct
12
Wed
Luke James Williams + Antonia Kirby @ Temperance Café
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Luke James Williams is an indie/alt folk singer-songwriter from Cambridgeshire. Releasing his debut EP ‘Drove’ in November 2018, Luke gained huge support from BBC6 Music DJ Tom Robinson who made ‘Still In Bed’ his 6 Music Recommends Track Of The Week in April 2019, later naming it his Track Of The Year So Far in July. The song was also played across the station by Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft. Elsewhere, he has received airplay from Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing and has been playlisted by Folk Radio UK.

He has received glowing reviews for his engaging and emotive live performances and has supported artists such as Megson, Mark Chadwick (Levellers) and The Little Unsaid. After appearing at a number of major UK festivals this summer, Luke will be performing songs from his critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Our Blood Is Red’ on what will be his first solo headline tour. Drawing on a wide range of musical influences Luke has crafted a unique sound, painting pictures with words and singing them in his own distinctly English voice.

Antonia Kirby is a singer-songwriter from Warwickshire, whose original songs are known for being emotionally exposing and her voice memorable and evocative.

She is described as “one of the most charismatic, dynamic and beautiful voices currently working the acoustic circuit” and affectionately referred to by some as “songbird”.

Oct
13
Thu
The Quiet Men – Irish session @ Temperance Cafe
Oct 13 @ 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!

Performers Night @ Leamington Folk Club
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Featuring Wes Finch, annA rydeR, Lauren South, Michael Luntley, Katherine Abbott, Krokodile Tears, Hannah Woof, Edd Donovan, Nik Draycott

The Leamington Folk Club meets at Temperance m on the second Thursday of every month

  • It will be MC’d by Nik Draycott
  • Performers will be announced in advance
  • There will be a mix of established and up and coming musicians
  • Each will play up to 15 minutes
  • Originals only
  • We will provide PA, mics/stands, digital mixer and lighting
  • Food (pizzas), soft drinks and full bar available
  • Limited capacity so £3 advance booking (+bf) preferred
  • Contact nickdraycottartist@gmail.com if you’d like to perform
  • Doors 7pm. Prompt start 7:15pm. Finish 10pm.

Everyone is most welcome to attend, whether performing or not!

Oct
16
Sun
Emma Stevens and Jesse Terry @ Temperance Café
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

JESSE TERRY

Whatever magic potion the troubadours in Laurel Canyon were sipping on in 1971, Jesse Terry has managed to track it down and take a deep gulp. Now on his seventh album, When We Wander, Terry performs his beautifully crafted songs to around 150 audiences a year from Bonnaroo to the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the 30A Song-writers Festival to Americana Fest. Recorded live, When We Wander prioritises emotion and raw performances over perfection. ‘In Spite of You’ recalls his stay in a residential facility for behavior modification that traumatized him as a young teenager: “The sermons that you sold me all were fakes.”Yet he emerged to earn a degree from Berklee College of Music, net a five-year staff writer gigon Nashville’s Music Row penning material for major TV networks, and win prestigious songwriting awards.. And then to become the singer-songwriter his countless fans know today, who (in the words of Music News Nashville)

“bring[s] to mind iconic artist/poets like Paul Simon and Jackson Browne…. [with] a performance that touches the heart like only a whisper can.”

EMMA STEVENS

Emma started playing guitar at the age of 2 and has gone on to learn bass, cello, piano, banjo, ukulele and mandolin. She established a career as a singer songwriter in 2012, her original music and has achieved four consecutive play-listed singles on BBC Radio 2, extensive international radio play in the UK, Europe and Australia, an iTunes single of the week with her song “Riptide”, sold out headline shows and supported The Feeling, Take That, Wet Wet Wet, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Train, Simply Red to name a few! Emma’s music has been used on many TV shows on BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4, and even featured on a TV show in China which was broadcast to 75 million people, gaining her over 500 million streams on Chinese streaming site NetEase!

£12 advance tickets. Doors 7pm. Full bar and pizza available.