We're thrilled to announce that the latest guests for "an hour or so" this Friday will be EDGELARKS... one of the most popular duos we've ever had at Downend Folk Club, with appearances in April 2015 and February 2018 preceding this slightly different third time with us!

Every Friday during lockdown, at 8.00pm on our FACEBOOK page, we're be joined by a different guest for an hour or so. The focus of these events is very much on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You'll are invited to ask questions in the comments, so it will be very interactive... the more people watch and engage, the better it will be for everyone. The events are free, although there is a PayPal donations box, with 100 per cent of the donations going direct to the guest. You can find that at the bottom of the page. We'll be keeping these weekly events going until Friday 17th July, when we'll finish for the Summer with something slightly different! We'll let you know Autumn plans once the situation is a little clearer.

Born from the work of the duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Edgelarks combine exquisite folk with influences as diverse as the blues and Indian classical slide guitar, to create a sound that is "subtle, atmospheric and bravely original" (The Guardian). The BBC Folk Award winners take their strong roots sound, mixing original song writing with stomping beatbox harmonica, soaring fiddle and vocal harmonies, running wilder with each repeat play. A busy collaborative period has included work as part of the Gigspanner Big Band (featuring members of Bellowhead and Steeleye Span); and performing at BBC Radio 2’s Festival In A Day to a Hyde Park crowd of 50,000 – supporting Kylie Minogue! 

We'll be announcing next week's guest at the end of each episode, so do stay tuned until the very end, and get your questions ready in the meantime. You can submit questions in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd rather. And make sure that you've "liked" our Facebook page for reminders. See you at 8.00pm on Friday. 

This Friday sees the return of a familiar face as we continue our online series. JACKIE OATES has performed twice at the club, first at Frenchay Village Hall in July 2015, before returning last Christmas with a full band, filling the glorious surroundings of Christ Church Downend with festive magic. Now, we have the change to get to know her even better as we spend an hour or so chatting to her online!

Every Friday during lockdown, at 8.00pm on our FACEBOOK page, we're be joined by a different guest for an hour or so. The focus of these events is very much on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You'll are invited to ask questions in the comments, so it will be very interactive... the more people watch and engage, the better it will be for everyone. The events are free, although there is a PayPal donations box, with 100 per cent of the donations going direct to the guest. You can find that at the bottom of the page. We'll keep them going until the restrictions are relaxed, and then we'll decide what to do next. 

Jackie is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards in a career that’s seen her perform as a member of the nascent Unthanks, collaborate with Alasdair Roberts and Belinda O’Hooley, and release seven acclaimed solo albums. An inventive and enthralling artist; who else can say they’ve been immortalised as a Lush cosmetic, featured on cBeebies, Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show and appeared in Midsomer Murders?

We'll be announcing next week's guest at the end of each episode, so do stay tuned until the very end, and get your questions ready in the meantime. You can submit questions in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd rather. And make sure that you've "liked" our Facebook page for reminders. See you at 8.00pm on Friday.

Our lockdown series of online events continues this Friday when we will spend an hour or so with the phenomenally talented CHRISTINA ALDEN & ALEX PATTERSON.

Every Friday during lockdown, at 8.00pm on our FACEBOOK page, we're be joined by a different guest for an hour or so. The focus of these events is very much on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You'll are invited to ask questions in the comments, so it will be very interactive... the more people watch and engage, the better it will be for everyone. The events are free, although there is a PayPal donations box, with 100 per cent of the donations going direct to the guest. You can find that at the bottom of the page. We'll keep them going until the restrictions are relaxed, and then we'll decide what to do next.

Christina and Alex are the main song writing force behind award winning folk trio ALDEN, PATTERSON & DAHSWOOD, who headlined a sold-out evening at Downend Folk Club in February last year. They have been playing and singing together for the last seven years and have toured extensively in the UK and Europe - including a twenty three date tour with Show Of Hands, a show at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections and main stage performances at some of the UK’s most prestigious folk festivals.

We'll be announcing next week's guest at the end of each episode, so do stay tuned until the very end, and get your questions ready in the meantime. You can submit questions in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd rather. And make sure that you've "liked" our Facebook page for reminders. See you at 8.00pm on Friday.