We welcome back a firm Downend Folk Club favourite for next Friday's (5th February) online "an hour or so with..." session.

West Country-based singer-songwriter GAVIN OSBORN first appeared on our stage back in November 2017, and his support set that night went down so well that our regulars demanded more! Gavin returned for a headline show of his own in January 2019, and we're thrilled to welcome him back for a third visit, albeit virtually, as we spend an hour or so chatting, with a handful of Gavin's brilliantly-crafted songs thrown in for good measure.

Known for his storytelling shows with comedian Daniel Kitson (Stories For The Starlit Sky) and now with five studio albums under his belt, Gavin is a regular on the festival scene (Latitude, Green Man, Indietracks), and is familiar to listeners of BBC Radio 4 (Alun Cochrane's Fun House).

Gavin's shows feature life-affirming, funny, personal and political songs, including some from his most recent album, Echo Bridge, which the Observer called "one of 2017’s most relatable releases”. Gavin was also featured as The Guardian's One To Watch, following the release of the album, praised as "a comfort blanket for post-Brexit alienation”. These are songs aimed directly at the heart, delivered with Gavin’s trademark intelligence, honesty and wit. Mixing the personal with the political, any night spent in Gavin's company is full of lyrical loveliness, truth and passion.

The focus of our "an hour or so with..." events is very much on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You 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 (after PayPal charges) going direct to the guest. You can donate at www.paypal.me/downendfolkclub. There's also a link and a QR code at the bottom of this page.

We’ll keep these sessions going for as long as we’re locked inside, and certainly until February half-term at least. Watch this space, and do sign up for our mailing list HERE to make sure that you don’t miss anything!