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A New Season of Folk Music

Gilly Darbey. Photo courtesy of the artist.

News and events from CVFolk.

By Pete Willow

September is traditionally the ‘new season’ for folk venues, launching the latest schedule of guest nights and special events – a bit like the new term at school! CVFolk’s ‘Second Sunday’ events at the Albany Theatre, Coventry are no exception, although – like some schools it seems – the venue is undergoing refurbishment so we are not booking ahead too far.

We’ve already announced the special afternoon concert on Sunday, 19th November at the Albany Theatre Studio, featuring amazing singer Gilly Darbey, whose voice draws on the cadences and inflections of folk, blues, jazz and soul to produce stunning arrangements of songs from all sources.

This will be Gilly’s first live show during a brief visit to England, having made her new home in New Zealand and advance tickets are now available from the Albany Theatre Box Office. Tickets are £11 – either call 02476 998964 or book online at Support acts to be announced nearer the time.

Mick Bisiker with Jen and Deb. Photo by Pete Willow.

This evening, Sunday, 10 September, sees an all-star kick-start to CVFolk’s new season when one of their most popular artists – singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mick Bisiker headlines a free admission evening in the Studio, where he’ll be joined on stage by Ewan Cameron (of Rob Halligan’s Homeward Hie and Danger! Ceilidh Band) on whistles, recorders and bodhran, plus fellow Rack’n’Ruin musicians, Jen Martin on fiddle, Deb Bisiker on saxophone, whistle, guitar and vocals, and Chris Radley (also of Firedaze) on 5-string bass.

K C Jones. Photo by Pete Willow.

The show also features the Nuneaton duo with the ever-growing fan-base KC Jones. Husband and wife, Colin and Karen have had a busy year of live appearances, including an extremely well-received performance at Moira Folk Festival.

And having recently made some intrepid local club appearances of my own to resurrect some self-penned songs, I shall be playing a short set, leaving the demanding role of MC-ing to Nuneaton Folk Club’s experienced host and singer of songs satirical and nostalgic, Geoff Veasey. We’ll hold the usual caddy collection for whatever you can donate. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30 start and we normally finish around 10pm.

On Sunday October 8th we are proud to present the first 2023 showing of annA rydeR and Nicky Cure’s latest and updated ‘Fat Chance Show’ combining annA’s music and hand-drawn cartoons with Nicky’s skills in art, real-life images and Etch-A-Sketch – an unmissable multi-media show of exuberance, humour and sheer entertainment.Starting 7.30pm, the show opens with a set by popular singer and guitarist Maria Barham. £11 tickets are now available from the Box Office.

Fat chance 2023 flyer.Photo permission of the artist

CVFolk recently completed its busy summer of events with a takeover of the Leamington Folk Club at the Temperance Café. This was a fabulous evening all the tickets were sold out and the quality of music from the nine local acts was first-rate throughout the evening. They will be curating another Temperance show early next year, details nearer the time.

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