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The best of folk - in your own backyard


By Pete Willow heralds the start of a new season of Folk at Coventry Albany Theatre Studio on Sunday, Sept 12...


CVFolk doesn’t just promote local folk music. It’s also about celebrating the high standard performed by folk artists based in the CV postcode area.

And this weekend’s CVFolk ‘2nd Sunday’ event in Coventry's Albany Theatre Studio will be a celebration indeed.

Launching the new season of monthly events to showcase the diversity of local folk entertainment, Sunday 12 th September features three distinctive line-ups, each one of which would make a worthy guest act in their own right – and all of which share the common feature of being home-grown.

Acclaimed and singer-songwriter and guitarist Wes Finch (pictured above)is no stranger to the Coventry and Warwickshire folk circuit. Combining his indie-folk, country-rock and Americana-influenced style with his fascination for interesting literary projects, Wes has built up a large following over the years and should prove a strong draw as one of the headline acts this Sunday.

He’ll be performing songs from the repertoires of his acclaimed line-ups, The Dirty Band and, more recently The Mechanicals Band, which plays material inspired by the writings of William Shakespeare and Philip Larkin among others! Two members of The Mechanicals, drummer Ben Haines and double-bass player John Parker will be joining Wes for his set this Sunday.

Here’s a quick back-story about John Parker. He was half of the Leamington duo Nizlopi whose whimsically nostalgic The JCB Song topped the UK charts in 2005. Their ‘guitar technician’ was a certain 13-year-old by the name of Ed Sheeran, whose own impact on popular music has since been well-documented.

John is currently seeking sponsors for his run in The Virtual London Marathon, October 3rd for the Warwickshire Myton Hospices charity. On a whim, he invited Ed to chip in and then discovered a few hours later a new single donation of £10,000 on his JustGiving page, courtesy of ‘Ted’.

Back to the CVFolk show and the evening features another newsworthy reunion when Bisiker and Romanov take the stage – after a break of 30 years.



Well-known in Coventry and area as a splendid player of guitar and bouzouki – and leader of folk-rock concert and ceilidh band Rack and Ruin, Mick Bisiker and gypsy fiddle virtuoso Al Romanov (left) won the prestigious Music Retailers Best Folk Album Award back in 1989 for their last, eponymously-titled album. Having delighted the 1980s folk circuit with their energetically foot-tapping musical arrangements, they play their first duo performance in the 21st century this Sunday with no loss of youthful vigour.


In contrasting style but equally engaging, popular Coventry-based trio THRUP’NNY BITS (above)

open the show with their powerful and heart-warming three-part harmony acapella arrangements of traditional, humorous and more recently researched and conceived songs. It’s a magical sound conjured up by vocal veterans, Barbara and Gareth Wyatt and Des Patalong.

Doors open 6.30pm and the music starts promptly at 7pm, finishing around 9.30pm. Admission is free but the audience will be invited to donate spare banknotes to the ‘caddy collection’. Anyone inspired by the munificence of Ed Sheeran will be especially welcome!


For details on CVFolk and other forthcoming events, visit http://www.cvfolk.com/cvfolk-2nd-sundays/. And guidelines on the Albany Theatre’s Covid-policy for live events can be found on www.albanytheatre.co.uk/covid-19-updates.