We are very excited reveal our line-up for Autumn/Winter this year.

 

Also below is important information about some changes to the way that we sell tickets, so please make sure you read through to the end!

 

 

The Programme is full of the quality and diversity that you've come to expect from Downend Folk Club. It's a lineup that we feel very proud of and we hope that you'll agree that it's one of our best yet!

 

Kicking off our concerts after the Summer break will be the fast-rising four-piece KIM LOWINGS & THE GREENWOOD. Many of you will remember Kim and the band from their breathtaking set opening for Jackie Oates a couple of years ago. Well now, after many requests from you our members, they're back in their own right; they headline at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 15th September as they tour the UK with their new album, 'Wild & Wicked Youth'. Opening the evening's entertainment will be DFC regular GAV BALL.

 

Another exciting young band will be our headline guests on Friday 20th October as we welcome the fabulous GRANNY'S ATTIC to Frenchay Village Hall. This trio went down a storm at Bristol Folk Festival and tickets are bound to be very much in demand! Support on the night will come from local band EMBER (including DFC regular Mike Richards), who also hope to have a new EP out around that time.

 

Described as "one of the most important voices to emerge on the folk scene for years", November's guest is the inimitable GRACE PETRIE. Grace is a protest singer, but much more than that... she's a brilliant songwriter and exudes warmth and charm on stage. This is one not to miss, so be at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 17th November... and make sure you get there in time to catch the wonderful support act for the night, GAVIN OSBORN. Please note that this event is restricted to over-14s.

 

December sees us put on our most ambitious event to date, as Patron JIM MORAY returns for a full band show on Friday 15th December. Performing songs from his latest album 'Upcetera', as well as some favourites from his back catalogue, Jim will front a five-piece band as we venture out to Resound in Mangotsfield for the first time (while our regular larger venue at Christ Church is closed for refurbishment). Tickets for this one are a little more expensive but we've kept the cost of the others down and we're certain you'll find this show is worth every penny. The highly-rated DARIA KULESH will get the evening's entertainment underway.

 

Tickets for all the events are on-sale now HERE, where you can also buy a Season Ticket for all four gigs and save almost £5 in booking fees!

 

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CHANGES TO TICKETING PROCESS - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

 

We have made some changes to the way we do our online ticketing which will come into effect from September onwards.

 

In the past we have hosted our own ticket sales via PayPal, but this is very time-consuming and has led to some sales being missed. It also means that the artist misses out on the full ticket price (due to the fact the PayPal take a percentage of each ticket).

 

For this programme onwards, online sales will be hosted via WeGotTickets. This does mean that there will be a 10% booking fee for tickets bought online (we don't see any of that, it goes to the ticketing agent) but it will save hours of work and the potential for mistakes. We feel sure that you will understand, and we've adjusted most of our ticket prices to compensate for this change.

 

You'll also notice that we are reverting to an advance/on the door system, so you will have until the day before each event to buy tickets at the cheaper rate.

 

You can still avoid those pesky online charges by buying tickets from Melanie's Kitchen or direct from our Welcome Desk at the preceding month's event. Members will also be able to buy their tickets from Melanie's Kitchen from September's event onwards.

 

We're also keeping our Season Ticket offer in place for both members and non-members; this will still be via PayPal and will not include a booking charge, so if you want to commit to all four concerts, you can do that via the website. Please note that Season Tickets cannot be purchased from Melanie's Kitchen, but you can buy them from the Welcome Desk at our events.

 

 

If you have any comments or questions about our new system, please do not hesitate to contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sometimes folk, sometimes not.

That’s the first line from the official biography of a duo called INDIA ELECTRIC CO. But it could equally describe the eclectic range of folk, roots, acoustic and singer/songwriter acts that are regularly put on at Downend Folk Club. And that’s why this is such a nice match, and why India Electric Co. are amongst the first headline acts to be invited back for a second helping.

You see, India Electric Co. (otherwise known as Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe) were amongst the first batch of headliners when we launched back in in 2014... and it was a key moment in the early life of the club.

A packed audience that night (it sold out weeks in advance) were treated to an extraordinary evening of musicianship which really marked the club out as something for local music-lovers to make a regular monthly feature in their diary. Many people still refer back to that night as one of their favourites so far. So having Cole & Jospeh back? Well, it was obvious, really!

India Electric Co. use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie’s nest.” (Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3).

After releasing their debut debut album ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’ in 2015 they began extensively supporting and accompanying Midge Ure throughout Europe. They performed live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, as well as playing the likes of Glastonbury Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. In 2017 they’re embarking on their first tours of Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Ireland to coincide with the release of their latest recordings.

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be rising star JACK COOKSON.

Jack is a multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter from the South West. His distinct style combines his deeply articulate lyrics with memorable melodic hooks and intricate, fingerstyle guitar arrangements, influenced by elements of blues, folk and punk. He has shared the stage with the likes of Franz Nicolay (Against Me!/The Hold Steady), Cory Branan and Austin Lucas, and in early 2016 he was announced as one of the final four nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 16th June 2017, are available from MELANIE'S KITCHEN or online HERE. There will be a full bar, stocking cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based brewery GREAT WESTERN BREWING CO., as well as locally-made NAUGHTY BROWNIES. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket as part of the club’s drive to be more environmentally sustainable. There will also be a raffle with a range of great prizes (all raffle money is invested into programming our support acts).

There is a Facebook Event for the concert HERE, where you can keep up with all the latest ticket news, previews and information. Simply click 'Interested' or 'Going' to be kept in touch.

On the stage at Christ Church Downend, under the stained glass window of St Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, an almost-full church of music lovers were left enthralled by an evening of fine music; first from local act Susie Dobson, and then from the phenomenal Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys.

With a new EP on the horizon, SUSIE DOBSON treated us to a smattering of traditional and contemporary songs, delivered with a breath-taking voice and accompaniment from ukulele, dulcimer, guitar, and violin. Just over a year since her first appearance, it’s clear to see that this talented 18-year old has grown in both musicianship and confidence. Surely big things await.

But it was for the headline act, SAM KELLY AND THE LOST BOYS, that most of the 120+ audience had parted with their hard-earned cash, and the four-piece certainly did not disappoint.

Starting with a number of rousing sing-a-long choruses, it soon became apparent that Sam Kelly has the kind of voice that almost doesn't need amplification, but with the added impact of drums, cello and banjo against his own guitar, the sound really filled the whole church.

Before the end of the first half we were lucky to experience a quite unique rendition of the Dire Straits classic ‘Sultans of Swing’ - complete with banjo solo from Jamie Francis - and then a moving love song in the Cornish language called ‘Gurello’, which translates to "let it rain." All of this was delivered with a style that felt both contemporary and refined, yet also fun and exciting.

The second half was equally as energetic, finishing with a high-paced cover of Fleetwood Mac's ‘The Chain’.

With the heavy drums and occasional appearances of electric guitar, one could be forgiven for wondering: is this folk music? Is this rock music? Is this something else entirely? All that can be said for sure is that it was an utterly entertaining night full of great music from very talented musicians. St. Cecilia would be proud.

Words: Joe Brydon 

Photo: Alan Cole