CVFolk presents a transport of musical delight in the UK's Motor City

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CVFolk presents a transport of musical delight in the UK's Motor City


If you're searching for good folk music in Coventry, you wouldn't be blamed for seeking out the back-room quarters where the folkie people go. But every now and again it's right there on a stage (with a PA and everything!), in the middle of town. And that's thanks to the annual celebration of the internal combustion engine – MotoFest Coventry.

This year's celebration of motoring madness combined with home-grown culture takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 3rd and 4th June and one of the live music stages is taken over by CVFolk, the campaigning organisation that promotes, supports and celebrates folk music and dance in Coventry and Warwickshire.

You'll find the stage in the Upper Precinct, almost adjacent to Broadgate, providing a lively and varied programme of music. Expect anything from unaccompanied harmonies to fiery folk-rock, and from foot-tapping trad tune sets to inspired and expressive singer-songwriting, performed on acoustic and electric instruments and expressive vocals by top notch acts from across the CV postcode area.

Saturday's programme runs from 12 noon to 5pm and consists of:

  • Urban Fox
  • Paul Gibson
  • Poacher's Pocket
  • The Stationary Wilburys
  • KC Jones
  • Keith Donnelly & Lauren South

with 12-string guitarist and singer, and Warwick Folk Club resident Dave Fry as opening act and MC.


Sunday's show also kicks off at noon and is compered by singer-songwriter and Leamington Folk Club host, Andi Wolf with additional sets by:

  • Firedaze
  • Thrup'nny Bits
  • Daisybell
  • Kevin Dempsey
  • The Redhills

If the line-up looks familiar, most of the acts were due to play MotoFest in September last year but the whole event was cancelled at short notice following the death of Queen Elizabeth. All being well – and the remaining royals staying healthy! – Coventry City centre will be resonating not only with the roar of engines, but also the flourish of fiddles, the swing of guitars and the harmony of voices.

It's a fabulous line-up and it's all free. Just come along and enjoy the ride.

(Photos taken at CVFolk's Ukraine Fundraiser, Albany Theatre, March 2022: Donnelly & South, Flossy McDougal of Stationary Wilburys, Daisybell, Kev Dempsey)

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