Johnny is a singer/songwriter and composer who began his career as one of the founder members of the folk band Decameron. In just five years they wrote and recorded four albums and built up a strong following by touring both the UK and Europe. As a solo artist, Johnny has gone on to record over twelve albums including ‘Forest and Vale and High Blue Hill’, ‘Line of Blue’, ‘Edge of Day’ (a collaboration with Laurie Lee), 'Breaking The Silence' (with Mike Silver), ‘The Winding Stair’ and his very latest ‘Borderland’
For many years Johnny toured as a duo with Phil Beer (pre-Show of Hands), and now works both solo and as a duo with fellow with singer/songwriter Mike Silver. Playing guitar and piano, his music is essentially English and always melodic and evocative. Johnny sang at an Olympic Torch concert at Cheltenham Racecourse, performed at various festivals, was commissioned to write songs for the 2013 Cheltenham Festival, and performed his tribute to Laurie Lee at his Centenary celebrations in 2014.
He presents an Acoustic Music programme every Saturday at 5.30pm on BBC Radio Gloucestershire. www.bbc.co.uk/gloucestershire listen again for 30 days. TV appearances include his own programme ‘Song of Gloucestershire’ for the BBC, ‘Stars in a Dark Night’ for Channel 4, and ‘Between Two Rivers’ for ITV.
His original music for theatre includes ‘Songs on Lonely Roads’ (the story of composer/poet Ivor Gurney) and ‘Edge of Day - a tribute to Laurie Lee’ (both with David Goodland and Paul Burgess) as well as for all The Festival Players Theatre Company’s open-air productions of Shakespeare plays since 1991. This professional company has a 3 month tour every summer with all the music written and directed by Johnny.
He has edited two poetry anthologies-’Forest & Vale & High Blue Hill’, and ‘Between the Severn and the Wye’, and his book, ‘A Country Christmas’, is a collection of prose, poetry, carols, songs and folklore based on his Christmas albums and annual Christmas touring show- All on a Winter’s Night’ . www.johnnycoppin.co.uk