The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing. The product of an arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations. Our guests for the penultimate in our lockdown series of online events (Friday 10th July) are two such talents. THE BLACK FEATHERS, made up of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects, becoming The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012.

Every Friday during lockdown, at 8.00pm on our FACEBOOK page, we're 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 is 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.

Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in THE BLACK FEATHERS' musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands. Their music quickly draw the interest of listeners, but it is the stage chemistry that will keep them riveted. Having already built up a loyal following in the UK, The Black Feathers have been spreading their wings across the US. They have performed at Philadelphia Folk Festival and AmericanaFest, and have also been awarded official showcases at the North East Regional and Far-West Folk Alliance conferences. The duo first appeared at Downend Folk Club as far back as February 2015, when they opened for Maz O'Connor, before returning for a much-requested headline show in April 2017.

We'll be announcing details of next week's final show during this Friday's event, 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. 

It's astonishing to think that we're now looking forward to the FOURTEENTH episode (is that that right word?) of our series of online events during lockdown! This Friday (3rd July), we're joined for an hour or so by someone who was even quicker of the mark than us in offering lockdown entertainment... Downend Folk Club favourite CIARAN ALGAR.

Every Friday, 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 is 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.

Ciaran Algar is a two-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning multi-instrumentalist from Stoke-on-Trent. With roots in the Irish tradition, he has expanded his playing style to include influences from all corners of the UK and beyond, and is best known for his work with Greg Russell and Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys. He has performed twice at Downend Folk Club over the years with Greg, in August 2014 and again July 2017, the second time memorably on borrowed instruments after theirs were stolen... they got them back! During lockdown, Ciaran has produced more than 50 collaboration videos, as well as an online festival. He's been busy!

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 (26th June), when we will be joined for an hour or so by the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated singer, instrumentalist and dancer GEORGIA LEWIS. Georgia performed at Downend Folk Club alongside her band back in October 2019, and we're thrilled to welcome her back, virtually, for our latest event.

Every Friday, 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 is 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.

Exploring folk tales old and new, Bradford-on-Avon based Georgia blends ballads of nature, love, loss and longing with great depth and passion. Nominated for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award, winner of the Future of Young Folk Award, Ely Band Competition and Priddy Folk Festival's recently revived Agility Mendip Stepping Competition, Georgia’s been “making a name for herself through really well received concerts” (Julie Fowlis). Her debut album The Bird Who Sings Freedom was described as "an impeccable British folk album” (Songlines) and received a glowing five-star review from Rock’n’Reel magazine. With her "delicately expressive voice" (fRoots), accordion and whistle, she is described as having a "fine musicianship and authentic feel" (The Living Tradition). Georgia’s energy is hard to beat!

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.