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The big man with a deep rich VOICE; GO2:FOLK.

NEXT Friday sees the first Coventry appearance in five years of one-time stalwart of the local folk scene, Gibb Todd. The big man with guitars, 5-string banjo and deep rich voice takes the stage at the Northbrook Sports Club, Northbrook Road in Coundon for a one-off appearance that kicks off at 9pm.

Born in Scotland and now living in Sheffield, Gibb's Coventry connections go back to the '60s when he led the locally acclaimed group The Kerries at the height of the folk revival.

A frequent contributor to the city's thriving music session circuit in the '80s, he also appeared with Lochan and alongside the late Pete Bevan in the Houghmagandie Roadshow.

Nationally Gibb was frequently booked to play support on UK tours with the likes of The Fureys, The Dubliners and Stockton's Wing and his expressive singing and expert banjo-flailing technique have been enjoyed in venues from Denmark to Bermuda. Still busy on the international circuit, Gibb appears at the Cape Breton festival later this year.

Recent years have seen him active in the annual Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow. Running throughout most of January, the event includes a large, late-night festival club, hosted by Gibb and often featuring scratch bands made up of top-line guests.

''There have been some real supergroups there,'' Gibb told me. ''People like The Dubliners playing alongside members of the Van Morrison band.''

And watch out for news of a new Gibb Todd album with input by John McCusker of the Battlefield, Finbar Furey and the Dubliners' John Sheahan.

ALSO next Friday, Vin Garbutt takes in the Civic Hall, Stratford upon Avon as part of his national ''Take it easy after 30 years' tour.

the dynamic singer, guitarist and whistle-player from Middlesbrough combines side-splitting humour with serious and sometimes controversial issues and audiences the world over have found his concerts to be hilarious and genuinely uplifting experiences.

Tickets are pounds 7.50 - bookable on 01789 414513.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Willow, Pete
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 30, 1999
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