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Interview: Johnny Coppin gets in the Christmas spirit ahead of All On A Winter's night shows

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

By Jonathan Whiley

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JOHNNY Coppin is a bit like baby-faced Canadian crooner and overall Mr Nice Guy, Michael Bublé.

You hear very little from them both for most of the year but as soon as Christmas rolls around they have concerts booked in left, right and centre.

Indeed, many have said that the festive season doesn’t truly begin until Bublé’s smooth tones have graced the radio and the same has been said of Johnny’s All On A Winter’s Night show.

It has become a firm favourite and a marker to herald in the season of goodwill, and this year is no exception.

Traditionally held at Cheltenham Town Hall, this year’s event has been moved to the town’s Bacon Theatre due to a scheduling clash which has irked the 67-year-old.

“Yeah it’s a shame and I am a bit annoyed,” he says. “It was because they have a Christmas party or something and they must have taken out a week booking or something.

“It might have an impact on sales but they’re going well so far.”

His performance at the Bacon Theatre on Thursday will be followed by an appearance in Stroud two days later with Johnny performing material from his upcoming album, Borderland.

“I’ll be playing three songs which I guess is a bit of a sneak preview,” he says.

“There will be plenty of Christmas songs too. I don’t like the rushing that comes with Christmas but I do like Christmas songs and the fact that everyone comes together.

“People come together in the summer, but it seems to be even more so in the winter.”

Johnny grew up on the edges of London and took part in carol singing in a youth club before joining a band aged 13.

His family would listen to piano jazz, classical and The Beatles and he used to enjoy the likes of Crosby, Stills and Nash.

“I just have a love of music,” he admits. “I’m one of those people that go around with a notebook as you can pick up inspiration for songs from conversations, books, films, anywhere really.”

Now living just outside of Stroud, his gig at the Subscription Rooms means it will be a short journey home.

“It’s very handy,” he says. “It’s only about five miles from my house. I may well call in for a pint at my local afterwards.”

For tickets to his gig at the Bacon Theatre, call 01242 258002 and for tickets to see him perform in Stroud next Saturday. Snap them up by calling 01453 760900.

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