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 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:

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

Sunday Mar 8th, 2020

Famed Coventry songwriter making a return visit from Germany…

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

Sunday Jan 12th, 2020

Sunday Dec 8th, 2019

Sunday Nov 10th, 2019

Sunday Oct 13th, 2019

Sunday Sept 8th, 2019

Sunday June 9th, 2019

Sunday May 12th, 2019

4pm-7pm

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

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).

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.

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 Comhaltas 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.

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.


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.

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).

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.