Exploring the Coventry and Warwickshire folk scene?  Here are a few links that may be of interest.

Folk Clubs and Venues

Atherstone Folk Club

Bedworth Folk Club

Courtyard at the Abbey Theatre

Harbury Folk Club

Joey’s Bar (Upton)

Leamington Folk Club

Lighthorne Folk

Nuneaton Folk Club

Nursery Tavern

Play House Folk Club, Stratford (Play House Sessions)

Ryepiece Barn House Concerts

Sheep Dip Sessions

Stockton Folk Club

Temperance, 33 Bath Street, Leamington Spa CV31 3AF. Also home of Leamington Folk Club

Treehouse Bookshop, 4 The Square, Kenilworth CV8 1EB

Tump Folk Club

Warwick Folk Club

Willow & Tool’s Music Parlour

Wurzel Bush Folk Club

Folk Music Sessions

    Hairy Folkers session – The Old Windmill, Coventry

    3rd Sundays  Folk in the Lounge music and song session – Denbigh Arms, Monks Kirby

    ‘CovTrad’ traditional music session – Humber Hotel, Coventry

    Fox Acoustic Sessions – Fox Inn, Attleborough

    Quigleys Music Sessions – Quigleys, Rugby

    Coventry Comhaltas, instrument workshops and music sessions – Hearsall Inn, Coventry

    1st Tuesdays (Usually but can vary – check our events listing.  Acoustic Music and Song Session with KC Jones – Abbey Theatre, Nuneaton

    1st Tuesdays  The Stopwatch Sessions (Open mic) – Somerville Arms, Campion Terrace, Leamington Spa

   1st Wednesdays  Folk at The Lion (Afternoon folkish singaround, 2-4pm)

   1st Wednesdays  Acoustic Americana Jam Session with Keith Eardley & Bob Powell – The Ale Rooms, Kenilworth

    Music Session – Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel, Warwick

    1st Thursdays  Kenilworth Clarendon Arms Folk Session

    3rd Thursdays  Shanty Session with The Hawkesbury Trawlermen

    3rd Thursdays  The Quiet Men (Irish / Americana), Somerville Arms, Campion Terrace, Leamington Spa

    3rd Thursdays  Music Session – The Oak, Baginton

    4th Thursdays (not Dec.)  Odds Bodkins English Music and Song Session – Snitterfield Arms, nr Stratford-upon-Avon

Folk Festivals

Warwick Folk Festival

Ragged Bear Festival

Moseley Folk and Arts Festival


Anker Folk – twice monthly radio show

Coventry Music Articles by Pete Clemons – blog

Elementary What’s On – news & reviews website of local events, including folk

Gentlefolk2 – Monthly programme by Norman Wheatley

Hobo Folk Blog (Trev Teasdale)

Hot Music Live – Magazine

MacAwe on Tour Blog (Geoff Veasey)

What A Folking Liberty (Facebook Group)

Events news and listings

Are you Dancing? (Warwickshire) – Dance events listing including folk dancing

CVFolk ‘What’s On’ – Cov & Warks Folk Diary

CVFolk events listing – TeamUp Calendar

Folk21 Midlands events listing – TeamUp Calendar

Folk21 West Midlands Facebook page – venues post their own news and events here

Local Events (Atherstone Folk Club website)

Music Venues

The Abbey Theatre, Nuneaton

The Albany Theatre, Coventry

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

The Bear Pit Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Big Comfy Bookshop, Coventry.
No longer running, but check out Michael McEntee’s Facebook page of acoustic videos

FarGo Village, Coventry

FarGo Village, Coventry – The Box

HMV Empire, Coventry

Leamington Assembly

Royal Spa Centre, Leamington

Stratford Playhouse

Temperance, Leamington – also venue for the Leamington Folk Club (2nd Thursdays)

The Tin Music and Arts, Coventry

Tree House Bookshop, Kenilworth

Warwick Arts Centre

Projects of interest!

Access Folk (Research project based in University of Sheffield, exploring ways to increase and diversify participation in folk singing in England)

Coventry Music Museum

Coventry Singer-Songwriters

Folk21 – supporting folk clubs in the 21st century Now wound down nationally but Folk21 Midlands still active.

Live & Local (Warwick branch) – promoting/supporting local event venues

MotoFest – Music and Culture during MotoFest weekend (as well as cars!) 2023 event includes CVFolk stage Sat-Sun 3-4 June 2023

(The) Folk Club Map – British Isles (Google) – shows information for gigs & clubs & sessions. The link is 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝘄𝘀𝗲𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝘁 ‘𝗺𝗮𝗽𝘀’. There’s a panel giving you days to select\deselect. You might need to change to landscape format.

(The) Folk Music Map (WordPress) – world map of regular folk venues.

(The) Narrowboat Sessions – acoustic music videos with many hidden gems

Polly Button – the undoing thereof. (Facebook page for the acclaimed folk opera written and performed by Katherine Fear and featuring a cast of local folk luminaries)

The Rolling On Project (Visiting all UK acoustic music sessions and venues for a book and film, and checking out the health of community based folk-roots music.)

The Session – a community website dedicated to Irish traditional music. (Includes info on music sessions in Coventry and Warwickshire)

Sofar – Intimate Concerts in Unique Spaces – provides updates and ticket links for secret music events – three days notice given to ticketholders. Includes events in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Songs From The Caravan – Terry Helyar’s video collection of songs and tunes from his travels
    to folk clubs and festivals (includes recordings of several CVFolk artists)

The Spindwyer World Of Folk Music – Andrew Dwyer. Herefordshire-based site from former local artist. Good place to source old vinyl.

The Traditional Arts Team

Warwick University Folk Society

Local Acts Online

Abi Rowberry

   + link to YouTube page

Amber Liadan

Amelia Gascoigne Roberts

Andi Wolf

annA rydeR
   + link to ‘Pockets of Fire’ video (and others)

Antonia Kirby

As The Heron
   + link to ‘2021 Narrowboat Sessions’ video – Cruel Sister. See also Lauren South

Away With The Fairies

The B Road
Duo version of Hatstand.

Benji Kirkpatrick
   – site includes links to video recordings solo and with The Excess

Bianco Barbershop Quartet

Bill Bates
   + link to YouTube page

(The) Cellar Tapes

Chessi O’Dowd. See also Facebook.

Chris Tobin
   + link to YouTube page

   – site includes link to page of live video recordings

   + link to YouTube page

Coventry Comhaltas
   + link to Jarlath Mulhern’s YouTube page

Craig Sunderland
   + link to YouTube page
   + click here to see Craig ‘live on stage’.

Daisybell (Katherine Fear’s website)
   + link to YouTube page (original line-up)
   + click here to see Daisybell (current line-up) ‘live on stage’.

Dan Bones
   + link to Facebook video page – includes virtual jam sessions with various artists

Dan Gascoigne (Dr Bennett)
   + link to YouTube page

Dave Fry

Des Patalong
   + link to YouTube page
   + click here to see Des ‘live on stage’ with Thrup’nny Bits

Donnelly & South
Duo collaboration of Keith Donnelly and Lauren South


Finger In The Jar


Floot Street

   + click here to see Greengrass ‘live on stage’. Now disbanded. See Hatstand and Lauren South.

Greenman Rising
   + link to YouTube page

Green Matthews (Chris Green & Sophie Matthews)
   + link to YouTube page including ‘Meet the instruments’ videos

The Hanksters

The Harvesters
   + links to videos here (skip annoying ad at beginning!), here, here, here, and here

   + click here to see Hatstand ‘live on stage’. Duo version now billed as The B Road

Hawkesbury Trawlermen

Ian Bourne

Izzie Derry

Jack Blackman (including video footage)
   + link to selection of YouTube uploads

Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla (including video footage)
   + link to selection of tracks on YouTube – some audio only

Katherine Abbott

KC Jones

Keith Donnelly
   – website includes links to ‘me me me me me tube’ videos
See also Donnelly & South

Kev Dempsey
   + link to Wicked Polly – from the Polly Button folk opera fundraiser, Nuneaton 16/2/20

Kristy Gallacher
   + link to recent YouTube page

Lauren South. See also: As The Heron, Donnelly & South

Lucy Anne Sale

Malc Gurnham & Gill Gilsenan

Maria Barham
   – site includes link to page of video recordings
   – also includes link to The Redhills

Marion Fleetwood
   + link to YouTube page

Matthew Hernandez

Meet On The Ledge
   + link to videos page

Melancholy Brothers

Michael Luntley – Tricaorach

Nunc (& Druncmonkey)
   + click here to see Nunc ‘live on stage’.
Please note that Nunc have now disbanded but band members have launched a new line-up – The Stationary Wilburys.

Nigel Ward
   + click here to see Nigel ‘live on stage’.

Paper Circus (The)
   + click here to see The Paper Circus ‘live on stage’.

Paul & Glen Elliott
   + link to Paul’s YouTube page

The Peas

Peeping Tom Ceilidh Band

Pete Grassby

Rack and Ruin
   + links to videos here, here and here

(The) Redhills
   – site includes link to page of video and audio recordings. See also Maria Barham

Rob Halligan
   + link to YouTube page
   + click here to see Rob ‘live on stage’ with Homeward Hie.

Sambassadors of Groove

Sarah Bennett (Dr Bennett)

(The) Silver Wye – video clip. See also Wes Finch

Sly Old Dogs (Currently resting!)

Somerville Gentlemen

Spa Strummers

(The) Stationary Wilburys


Stephen Boyer. RIP.

Steve Redshaw.

Steven John Birks

   + link to YouTube page

Thom Kirkpatrick – One Man Band
   + link to YouTube page

Thrup’nny Bits
   + link to YouTube page
   + click here to see Thrup’nny Bits ‘live on stage’.


Tyburn (Jan Richardson & Hedley Stone)

Under the Influence – includes links to video

Wes Finch
   + link to YouTube page. See also The Silver Wye

Will Pound
   + link to YouTube page

Willow & Tool Band

Yonderland   + link to Narrowboat sessions video page

Local Dance & Performance Teams Online

Anker Morris Men

Chinewrde Morris

Coventry Morris Men

Coventry Mummers

Coventry Zesty Playford

Earlsdon Morris Men

Hereburgh Morris

Milverton Folk Dance Group

Plum Jerkum Border Morris