Cov & Warks Folk News

23rd January 2023

More Donnelly and South Doings

National  folk celebrities, Keith and Lauren return to the Albany Theatre

Tickets are now selling for CVFolk’s forthcoming concert when Keith Donnelly and Lauren South return to Coventry They appear one year after their last performance in the Albany Theatre Studio, which launched their new act onto the national folk scene.

With a long list of solo and duo gigs already lined up for clubs and festivals this year, Warwickshire musicians Keith Donnelly and Lauren South are back in concert at the venue on Sunday 12th February.

Lauren South and Keith Donnelly at last year’s CVFolk event.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Lauren is putting the finishing touches to her long-awaited solo album Tiny Boat. She describes it as a ‘personal reflection and realisation of just how much the natural world has at least part-inspired many of my songs.

‘Even when she isn’t the subject, Mother Nature is ever present’.

There’s still a way to go to finish and release the album but stand by for exciting news from Lauren about guest musicians.

Lauren South – inspired by Mother Nature

Meanwhile, songwriter, guitarist and madcap comedian, Keith is back on dry land after playing a Nile Cruise, so brace yourselves for some hilarious Egyptian anecdotes. He is also halfway through his ‘not at all awaited’ album of original humorous sea-songs – Shantidisestablishmentarianism.

And he’ll be treading the boards in the Theatre’s Main House on Saturday 25th February to act, play guitar and sing as the ‘villain’ in the widely acclaimed folk opera The Undoing of Polly Button.

Starting 7.30pm, CVFolk’s event also features highly-rated trio Poacher’s Pocket and talented singer-songwriter Paul Gibson. Tickets are £11, available from the Theatre’s box office – follow this link.

Keith Donnelly – in de Nile?

Dancing with Danger in Kenilworth

Warning lights will be flashing on the dance floor this Burns Night (Wednesday 25th January) when the Danger! Ceilidh Band launches a new monthly ceilidh in Kenilworth.

The band’s caller is Erin Mansfield and music is provided by further familiar names on the local folk circuit including Adam Beresford-Browne, Ewan Cameron, Tim Cunningham, Ross Grant, and Chris Lewis.

They’ve notched up years of ceilidh experience between them and are already renowned for lively private dance events for beginners and experts alike. Kenilworth’s town clerk Maggie Field has described their music as ‘toe-tappingly wonderful’ and Erin’s calling as ‘so upbeat and infectious that we all soon learned the routines and were whirling and galloping before we knew it.’

Adam Beresford-Browne and Ewan Cameron – part of Danger! Ceilidh Band

The ceilidh takes place on the last Wednesday of each month at the Kenilworth Sports & Social Club on Upper Rosemary Hill. Doors open 7:30pm, and the evening comprises three 45-minute dance sets from 8pm to 10.45pm.

Rabbie Burns himself would certainly approve of celebrating his birthday this way:

What dangers thou canst make us scorn!
Wi’ tippeny, we fear nae evil…

Tickets are slightly more than a ‘tippeny’ however! Admission on the door is still reasonable at £10 or £7.50 for students and children. Soft and alcoholic drinks are available at the club bar. More details here.

Two triples and a double on order for Nuneaton Folk Club

The trio line-up of the John Richards Band is February’s headline act for a talent-packed evening at Nuneaton Folk Club.

Widely acclaimed and covered songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist John Richards will be joined onstage by daughter Emma Jones and longstanding co-musician Jim Sutton at the Queens Hall venue on Wednesday 1st February.

JRB trio – L-R Jim Sutton, John Richards, Emma Jones

Another tremendous trio from the West Midlands, a slimmed down version of The Lost Notes will be playing support along with popular Warwickshire twosome, Steve 2 (or The Steves), featuring the combined vocals, percussion and guitar skills of Stephen Boyer and Steve Redshaw.

It starts 8pm and admission is free – but please be generous with the collection! Click here for further details.

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You can find more details here of who is playing where in the CVFolk region – we’ll do all we can to keep this site up-to-date with dates, guests, support, admission and contact details, although we suggest you check with clubs and venues if you are planning to visit on spec.

Invitation to club organisers – keep the stories coming or why not have a go at writing them yourself?

Yes, you’d expect CVFolk to use this news page shamelessly to promote its own events – and we do.

But the project is about all folk-related activity in the CV postcode area. As more and more folk fans turn to this site for their regular fix of local folk revelations (the associated Facebook group has 700 followers and rising), why not put your own words on our news page and send in your news, reviews, exposés and scoops for publication, with your own by-lines!

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For further details on these and all forthcoming folk events in the CV postcode area,, click here or here.

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