Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Johnny Coppin: new album and tour

Veteran folk singer, songwriter and broadcaster JOHNNY COPPIN has a new album set for release (on April 7th), and he is on tour now.
Johnny Coppin

BORDERLAND is a new collection of songs from England, Ireland, Wales, and the USA. Included are the much requested song Homeward, Joseph Baker (by Pete Coe) and Safe Home. 
In this Centenary Year, there are three songs of the 1st World War: John Condon, Dream of England, and Gloucestershire From Abroad. The album also includes three traditional songs: The Brazier’s Daughter with new tune by Johnny, Mary from Dungloe - learnt from Christy Moore's sister Eilish, and the Welsh song Cariad Cyntaf (First Love) with new words in English written by Johnny. Also included is  Moonlit Apples – a setting of a poem by John Drinkwater. 
Guest musicians include Karen Tweed, - ex-Poozies, and ex-Swap on accordion, Paul Burgess - John Kirkpatrick Band and Old Swan Band on violin and recorders, Mike Silver on guitar and backing vocals, Geoff March, ex- Decameron on cello), and John Neilson on accordion and co-writer of the title track.
Johnny is a singer/songwriter and composer who began his career as a founder member of the folk band Decameron. After going solo, he went on to work for many years as a duo with Phil Beer (Show of Hands). He has recorded over twelve albums including 'The Winding Stair', 'Forest and Vale and High Blue Hill', 'Edge of Day' (a collaboration with Laurie Lee), and 'Roll on Dreamer'.
Says Johnny: "The aim of the new album was to capture a solo performance, and get right to the heart of these songs of borderlands - about people and places, love and war.
I had such a great time recording with fine musicians like Karen Tweed - and it's wonderful that the CD design has artwork by my partner Katharine Neilson ".
Johnny tours solo and also as a duo with singer/songwriter Mike Silver. Playing guitar and piano, his music is essentially English and always melodic and evocative. Johnny has performed at many festivals and was commissioned to write songs for the 2013 Cheltenham Festival. This year he will be launching the Borderland album on a tour in the Spring, and performing his tribute to Laurie Lee at his Centenary celebrations June 2014 onwards.
Johnny Coppin also presents an Acoustic Music programme every Saturday at 5.30pm on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

  • Mon 24 WARWICK Folk Club  The Warwick Arms, High Street Warwick CV34 4AT 8pm - Tickets 01527 401121
  • Sat 29  NAILSWORTH  - Town Hall, Glos. - Borderland CD LAUNCH concert 7.45pm - Tickets from Stroud Tourist Information 01453 760900

  • Tue 1 CRAMLINGTON, Northumberland - Cramfolk - at Concordia Leisure Centre, Forum Way NE23 6YB 7.30pm - Tickets Keith Taylor  01670 715106
  • Wed 2   WOOLER, Northumberland - venue tbc..
  • Tues 22  DARTFORD  Folk Club - Working Men’s Club,  Essex Road, DA1 2AU   8pm - Tickets 01322  222553
  • Fri 25 THORNBURY, S Glos - United Reform Church 7.30pm - Tickets 01454 41642

  • Fri 2 TROWBRIDGE - Friday Folk, The Lamb Inn 8pm tel 01225 707346

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