CVFolk’s Albany Theatre Archive

Here are all the music events CVFolk has staged in the Albany Theatre Studio since our launch in October 2018 (reverse chronological order)…

Sunday May 8th:    7pm-9.30pm: Kevin Dempsey + Hatstand + Paul Handyside (free admission; caddy collection

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Sunday Apr 10th 2022

We had some last-minute changes. Kristy Gallacher was scheduled for this month but had to postpone because of a heavy cold. Daisybell stepped into the breach, but one of the three members, Charlie Adams has long Covid and wasn’t able to do the show. But Katherine Fear and Anya Fay put on a superb performance as a duo.The evening also featured the long overdue performance by Michael Luntley’s ‘Tricaorach’ and their set-piece of songs, From This Ground with poetry by Olga Dermott-Bond, encapsulating the life of Warwickshire agricultural workers in the 19th century but with powerful resonances to modern-day events. This had been originally booked three years ago to take place before lockdown! The evening started with the first post-lockdown performance of the full line-up of Willow and Tool Band. Overall, an enjoyable and well-attended evening.

Here’s a selection of photos taken by Colin Squire and Pete Willow. Click on each to view or download. If you would like a higher resolution version of any of these images, email culture@cvfolk.com

Daisybell (duo)

Michael Luntley’s ‘Tricaorach’ with Olga Dermott-Bond

Willow & Tool Band

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Sunday Mar 27th 2022

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Sunday Mar 13th 2022

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First of a mini ‘world tour of Warwickshire’ for this amazing line-up. Superbly crafted songs and great arrangements. If you missed them, catch then as guests of Lighthorne Folk Club on May 2nd. .Fantastic support also from Corinne Lucy whose singing voice is simply gorgeous! And many thanks to Steve 2 for a great busking set, beautifully played and winning great audience response.

The Cellar Tapes

Coinne Lucy

Steve 2

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Sunday Feb 13th 2022

Sunday Feb 13th:  7pm-9.30pm: Keith Donnelly & Lauren South + Mick Bisiker, Andi Wolf, MC: Pete Willow (advance tickets £11)

Originally a special guest night for Bisiker & Romanov, we had a last minute change of programme when we heard that Al Romanov wouldn’t be available as he was booked to play on a cruise! Mick Bisiker was still happy to appear as support for our new headline duo, Keith Donnelly & Lauren South who are about to take the folk scene by storm with their superb arrangements of mainly original songs laced with Keith’s crazy sense of humour and Lauren’s ability to keep him in check. Result – a highly entertaining treat!

Mick Bisiker also delighted the audience with two rare solo sets featuring some ace guitar accompaniment for his selection of self-penned and traditional songs mixed with some enjoyable and unlikely tales. Local songwriter Andi Wolf turned out to be a fantastic discovery, winning a lot of new fans with his fine singing voice, well-crafted songs and warm stage personality. Apparently he used to sing covers of Barry Manilow songs, wearing a sparkly jacket, but had a ‘road-to-Damascus’ moment when he discovered folk clubs and an ability to write material far more interesting that Copacabana! Definitely a superb and memorable night of great music and entertainment.

Here’s a selection of photos taken by MC for the evening, Pete Willow. Click on each to view or download. If you would like a higher resolution version of any of these images, email culture@cvfolk.com

Keith Donnelly & Lauren South

Mick Bisiker

Andi Wolf

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Sunday Jan 9th 2022

7pm-9.30pm: Coventry Singer Songwriters + feature spot from Daisybell (free admission; caddy collection) 

A fantastic start to the year and a good audience turn-out considering current public health concerns. Ill health prevented Bob Wilkinson and one of the Daisybell trio (Charlie Adams) from joining us but each act gave a powerful and enjoyable performance, demonstrating a wide range of styles and types that come under the ‘singer-songwriter’ heading. Each of the songwriters – Dave Taylor, Paul Monks & Jane Moss, and Corinne Lucy – presented their own unique sound and approach while performing with the skill of seasoned music professionals to provide first-class entertainment. Corinne set the bar high when she launched the all-female second half with some amazing songs and a vocal style that reflected ‘Joni Mitchellesque’ qualities. The icing on the cake was Daisybell, even though they were reduced to a duo, but nevertheless a highly talented duo with warm state presence – Katherine Fear and Anya Faye. They finished their set with a couple of songs from the much anticipated folk opera The Undoing of Polly Button, written by Katherine and due to be premiered on February 19th at the Abbey Theatre, Nuneaton, starring Jennian King and Keith Donnelly, respectively as victim and villain!

Thanks to all who played and listened and a special thankyou to our guest MC, Jon Harrington (pictured R) , founder of the Coventry Songwriters Group in 2010.

Under Jon’s regime of regular meetings, themed songs, friendly guidance and encouragement, the group is responsible for opening the floodgates for a veritable stream of creativity in Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond!

Here’s a selection of photos taken by Pete Willow. Click on each to view or download. If you would like a higher resolution version of any of these images, culture@cvfolk.com

Dave Taylor

Paul Monks & Jane Moss

Corinne Lucy

Daisybell

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Sunday Dec 12th 2021

7pm-9.30pm: Nunc, Steven John Birks, KC Jones, Thrup’nny Bits (free admission; caddy collection) 

Ending the year with an ‘awesome foursome’ of guests – KC Jones, Thrup’nny Bits, Steven John Birks and Nunc. Actually, three fifths of Nunc, as both lead singers of the band, Flossy McDougal and Geoff Veasey were unwell, leaving it to guitarists and harmonica-player, John Kearney, Paul Moore and Jon Harrington – also fine singers as it turned out – to provide a powerful and entertaining set to conclude the evening. Karen Killeen and Colin Jones of KC Jones started the show with an impressive mixture of covers and original songs with skilful guitarwork, lovely harmonies and some touches of humour. Thrup’nny Bits presented a fascinating and festive set of songs and carols, from sources ranging from mediaeval Warwickshire to Sid Kipper. Steven John Birks performed original songs with robust vocals and gutsy guitar and harmonica to create an authentic Americana sound.

Not the biggest audience we’ve had during times of rising concern about the Omicron variant of Covid19 but big enough and appreciative enough to prove that you can enjoy a great night of folk while socially distancing and wearing face masks in the bar and reception areas. All local acts, all top quality, our guests demonstrated the strength and talent to be found on our local folk circuit. It’s a circuit that has been embedded in the culture of Coventry for a long time; as stated by Thrup’nny Bits’ Des Patalong, it started long before 2-Tone!

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Sunday Nov 14th 2021

Sunday Nov 14th:    7pm-9.30pm: Meet On The Ledge – Support and MC: Dave Fry

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Sunday Oct 10th 2021

Three to the power of three – The Harvesters, Greengrass, Poacher’s Pocket. All three trios very well-received after making the first public appearances in months after the lockdown. Guest MC was Gary Painting who did a terrific job – as did the sound crew who handled the output of enough instruments to fill a superstore!

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Sunday Sept 12th 2021

Star-studded evening featuring  Coventry’s celebrated singer-songwriter Wes Finch with John Parker (double bass) and Ben Haines (drums), and the first gig in 30 years of powerful duo on guitar and fiddle, Bisiker & Romanov (Mick Bisiker and Ralph Allin). and unaccompanied singing from celebrated harmony trio Thrup’nny Bits.

Review of the evening by Barbara Goulden:

https://www.elementarywhatson.com/single-post/new-season-of-sunday-folk-sessions-gets-off-to-a-flier

Selection of photos of the evening by Pete Willow:

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Sunday July 11th, 2021

7pm-9.30pm (clashed with England-Italy Euro 2020 final!)

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Venue closed for Covid-19 lockdown until

Sunday June 13th 2021

7-9.30pm (Coventry’s first post-lockdown folk concert) …

Rob Halligan’s Homeward Hie

feat. Ewan Cameron, Chris Hunt, Aiden O’Hare

plus

As The Heron

Craig Sunderland

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Sunday Mar 8th, 2020

Famed Coventry songwriter making a return visit from Germany…

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Sunday Feb 9th 2020 was reserved for Starley Road and Michael Luntley’s Tricaorach but cancelled because of bad weather
Michael Luntley’s band now rescheduled to April 10th 2022

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Sunday Jan 12th, 2020

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Sunday Dec 8th, 2019

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Sunday Nov 10th, 2019

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Sunday Oct 13th, 2019

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Sunday Sept 8th, 2019

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Sunday June 9th, 2019

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Sunday May 12th, 2019

4pm-7pm

Folk, classical, jazz, balladry and chanson inspired by the Bard – Wes Finch & the Rude Mechanicals.

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Sunday Apr 14th, 2019

4pm-7pm

New name – old line-up. The Boys of Ball Hill features former members of popular Warwickshire band The Oddsods: Simon Lapworth, Bob Brooker, Pete Willow and Nigel Ward. Also presenting superb local guitarist and singer Craig Sunderland and by popular demand after their excellent performance at our first Sunday afternoon event, Poacher’s Pocket

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Sunday 10th March 2019

This much anticipated event presented an incredible display of guitar, fiddle and mandolin-playing by two superb musicians Kevin Dempsey & Joe Broughton celebrating 20 years since their first gig together. This is part of a national tour which included appearances in their respective home towns of Coventry and Birmingham. The music was stunning and the concert played to our biggest audience to date. The afternoon also featured well-received sets by local rising-star duo The Paper Circus and a return appearance by Willow & Tool Band.

Typical social media comments after the event:

Thank you for a brilliant afternoon’s music. Loved all acts, and as For Kevin and Joe, sublime!
Delightfully awesome music by talented artists.
Well when it comes to music – particularly acoustic music – I know when something sounds good. It’s a gift I’ve had right from being a young teenager.
And when I post on here regarding events and acts I have had the pleasure or dis-pleasure of listening to – I use words such as ‘awesome’ ‘brilliant’ ‘talented’ etc etc.
But if I used those words regarding the Albany Concert this afternoon – it would be insulting the guest artists, because those descriptions don’t even begin to describe how good they were – and also the support acts.
Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton were sensational – performing songs and instrumentals that to 99 out of every 100 performers would be impossible ! Their set was un-believable – and how I long to see them together again !!
Add to that the talents of Paper Circus, (Jen and Suraj) along with Willow & Tool Band and it was an afternoon of music to savour and treasure – – and shout out on FB as to just how good it was.
Don’t be sorry if you missed it – be devastated !!!!!!

Read more about Kev and Joe here.

Here is a selection of photos taken that afternoon, courtesy of Loz Moore (with thanks!)

(Right click each photo to view in separate tab).

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Sunday 10th February 2019

February’s focus was on folk blues and our guest was the amazing South Warwickshire singer, songwriter and blues/ragtime guitarist, Jack Blackman. Jack has already taken the world by storm, especially venues in the deep south of the USA and was still only 24 when he played our event. He was supported by Nuneaton Folk Club’s line-up, Nunc, showcasing their impressive blues repertoire (they have plenty of other repertoires too!), plus the first performance in six years by Coventry trio Little Mountain, featuring Bob Wilkinson on guitar and vocals, Jon Harrington on harmonica and Dave Cook on lead guitar. They played a great set which inspired some of the audience to indulge in a bit of blues dancing. In all – a smashing afternoon!

Here are three galleries of photos taken that afternoon, courtesy of John Wright Studio (with thanks!)

(Right click each photo to view in separate tab).

Nunc play the blues – Geoff Veasey and Flossy McDougal (vocals), Jon Harrington (harmonica), John Harris (bass), Paul Moore and John Kearney (guitars).

Little Mountain play wonderful music to listen and dance to!

Jack Blackman – fantastic stage presence and captivating sound.

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Sunday 13th January 2019

2019 was off to a flying start with January’s first Mega-Session event, celebrating the first rate talent that can be enjoyed in the informal back-room music sessions that have taken place in pubs since the 1950s. 20 musicians  took part including several members of Coventry Com/haltas and regular participants from the CovTrad Session at the Humber Hotel, the Malt Shovel in Bubbenhall and Sly Old Dogs and Friends. You can enjoy some clips here. After some excellent feedback, we’ll be hosting another music session later this year.

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Sunday December 9th 2018

This featured the strong songwriting talent in the Coventry and Warwickshire area with members of the Coventry Singer-Songwriters Group organising and presenting a first-class concert of original compositions.

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Sunday November 11th 2018

…saw the Studio transformed to concert format with tiered seating bwhere an entranced audience enjoyed the music of two highly talented young musicians, Rosie Hood and Lucy Huzzard.

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Sunday Oct 14th 2018

CVFolk Presents… was launched with ‘The Coventry All-Star Folk Show’ featuring some of the leading acts directly involved in the CVFolk campaign – Willow & Tool Band, Poacher’s Pocket, Kristy Gallacher and Rob Halligan. (Click here for report).

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CVFolk 2nd Sundays aims to present more than a folk club or concert venue, but a regular showcase for the full range of folk-related activities that take place in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Located in the heart of the city, our message is clear: Folk is very much part of the Culture of Coventry and at the heart of the community.

Come and see for yourselves.