As the winter nights draw in, Johnny’s bringing festive cheer

Johnny Coppin
Johnny Coppin
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For as long as he can remember, Johnny Copping has loved festive music.

And tonight the singer/songwriter gets to share that with his audience as he presents a show dubbed All On A Winter’s Night.

‘This is a mix of Christmas songs,’ explains the veteran folk performer.

‘New ones, some traditional, some little-known, some I’ve created. Then there are readings, folklore, some funny stories. It’s a real mix.

‘I’ve always loved singing Christmas music, as long as I can remember. I can remember singing carols as a child on the edge of London. It’s the bit I remember best.

‘And I like creating new Christmas songs as well. The emphasis in the show is on originality.

‘I put new music to poems or rearrange some old words and put new tunes to them.’

Johnny first rose to prominence in the ’70s as a founder member of the folk-rock band Decameron, and has since gone on to forge a successful solo career, recording more than a dozen albums of his own.

As The Guide caught up with Johnny, his band were already four dates into the tour.

‘It’s a great band I’ve got with me. We’ve got Paul Burgess of The Old Swan Band, who’s on fiddle, recorders and does the readings.

‘And it’s also quite poignant – we lost our guitarist Mick Dolan last summer who’d been in the show for over 10 years.

‘But Dik Cadbury from my old band Decameron has joined us on guitar and vocals, he’s worked with Steve Hackett and Mike D’abo and a lot of great musicians.

‘It’s great to have Dik in the show, he’s been a guest before, so he knows some of the songs, but it’s great to have his harmonies again.’

The tour marks the end of a busy year which also saw Johnny take part in a show marking the centenary of Laurie Lee’s birth, plus take part in the Armistice Pals Project.

Doors open 8pm. Tickets £12.50. Go to thespring.co.uk or call (023) 9247 2700.