Concert Review Johnny Coppin Present’s All on A Winter’s Night

Review and photography by Ben Macnair

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 perform for a large and appreciative audience on the last night of their national tour.

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 and throughout time.

Although the trio tackled well known songs, they also tackled older, less familiar songs, 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 whilst wassails tackled included the original Five Valley’s Wassail. A rhythmic Soul Cakes added a sense of menace, whilst 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, whilst 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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