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Review: Johnny Coppin’s All On A Winter’s Night at the Lichfield Guildhall

In what has become something of a Lichfield Arts Christmas tradition, the singer-songwriter and musician Johnny Coppin bought his three man show All On A Winter’s Night to Lichfield for the last night of their national tour.

Johnny Coppin's All On A Winter's Night
Johnny Coppin’s All On A Winter’s Night

Playing acoustic guitar, keyboards and vocals, Johnny Coppin was joined by the guitarist and singer Dik Cadbury and story-teller, violinist, recorder player and singer Paul Burgess for an evening that took in music, stories and anecdotes from around the world.

Although the trio tackled well known songs, they also performed older, less familiar numbers, as well as the own material, with some sensitive keyboard and guitar adding to their peerless three-part harmonies and the violins and recorders that add much to the lushness of the evening’s arrangements.

Songs included such carols as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Sweet Silver Bells, and an acapella Past Three O’Clock. Wassails tackled included the original Five Valley’s Wassail.

A rhythmic Soul Cakes added a sense of menace, while other songs such as Build up The Bonfires or The Star That Fell to Earth looked at the preparations of Christmas, and the religious aspect of the season.

Anecdotes and stories looked at both the traditions of the season and more earthly delights, while a letter to Santa from Teresa May delivered a reminder of what a post-Brexit Christmas might mean for us all.

An encore of Elizabeth’s Scott Appalachian mountain song Boogie Woogie Santa Claus saw Paul Burgess on boogie woogie keyboard and allowed for some electric guitar flourishes from Dik Cadbury.

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