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Autumnal Folk

annA rydeR on the Albany's grand piano. Photo courtesy of Pete Willow.

CVFolk scene this Autumn.

Roundup by Pete Willow.

Sunday sees a unique opportunity to enjoy songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, annA rydeR in concert with a new instrument in her armoury – a grand piano. This magnificent instrument comes courtesy of the venue, the Albany Theatre in Coventry, where annA presents her amazing, multimedia ‘Fat Chance’ Show with Warwickshire artist, Nicky Cure.

Due to structural changes taking place in the Theatre, this Sunday, 8 October, sees annA and Nicky as guests for CVFolk's ‘2nd Sunday’ event in an alternative performance area. Use the usual Albany Road entrance of the building and you’ll find yourself in a refurbished and expanded area for the Box Office, Reception and Bar. The Albany Theatre team is setting up a stage at the far end of the room, to be built around the Theatre’s prize possession – the grand piano.

annA’s eyes lit up when she and Nicky visited the venue last week to sort out technical details. A few wonderful jazzy riffs established that the instrument was in tune and sounding great. She plans to play it alongside her other instruments – guitar, keyboards, accordion, and trumpet, while Nicky supervises the projected images, combining her art, real-life images and Etch-A-Sketch with annA's delightfully quirky cartoons plus some stop-motion and live action for good measure.

This is the opening concert for the third tour of his highly acclaimed, unusual, and immersive show. There will also be a short set by popular singer-guitarist and member of The Redhills, Maria Barham.

annA’s own credentials include playing support for Fairport Convention, Eddi Reader and All About Eve’s Julianne Regan. She is currently a member of IOTA (Sally Barker and Marion Fleetwood) and The Sandy Denny Project. And did you know that Nicky and annA made a film together as Radar-Birds, which was watched and complimented by Steven Spielberg? Ask them on Sunday – they’ll tell you all about it.

The music starts at 7.45pm and admission is by ticket – just £11. These can be booked in advance on 02476 998964 or on Or take a chance to buy tickets on the night but I advise getting to the Box Office by 7pm.

CVFolk also have two events lined up for November - the brilliant Gilly Darbey on 19 November with support artist the excellent singer, guitarist and former member of Steve 2, Steve Redshaw. Again, tickets are £11 – booking details as above.

We will also be staging ‘Six of the Best’ for our usual 2nd Sunday show on 12 November. The free admission event features music by a fantastic cross-section of local talent – Urban Fox, Firedaze, Adam Wilson, Carol Whitworth and The B Road, with yours truly doubling up as MC and singer-songwriter. The music starts 7.30pm and there will be usual caddy collection during the interval.

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