We are delighted to announce our exciting programme for Spring 2022, with four amazing concerts, from January to April, featuring some of the very best folk, roots and acoustic artists. As always, we’re thrilled to be able to bring musicians of such quality to our little corner of South Gloucestershire/Bristol!
Kicking off the Spring Programme on Friday 21st January will be JIM CAUSLEY. More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter, musician and proud Devonian Jim is an all-round entertainer and during the past decade Causley has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Since the release of his debut album in 2005, Causley’s unique voice and persona have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene.
SUTHERING combines the musical talents of Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall, and they will launch their new album If We Turn Away at Downend Folk Club on Friday 18th February, wirer they will be joined on stage by Olivia Dunn (Phil Beer Band, Mad Dog Mcrea) and Sarah Rickets (The Nightjar). A couple in life and in music, Julu and Heg have taken the folk scene by storm with their unusual and fresh approach to folk. The pair champion female characters, creating new narratives for women and unearthing the female heroines of folk.
Headlining on Friday 18th March will be PETER KNIGHT & JOHN SPIERS. The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something to inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.
Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists will round off the programme on Friday 22nd April MAIREARAD GREEN & ANNA MASSIE are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence. Having played alongside each other for over ten years, they revel in an intuitive approach to each other’s musical ideas and interpretations, and an “almost telepathic communication” on stage (Hi-Arts), effortlessly showcasing the fruits of duo partnership to the highest level, creating “music more than the sum of just two parts” (The Scotsman).
All four concerts will take place at CHRIST CHURCH DOWNEND. We hope to be able to return to something like full capacity but we’re limiting the audience numbers to 100 for the initial release. Seating will be unreserved. All tickets are £14 in advance (£16 on the door) but you can also buy a season ticket for all four concerts for £50, saving £6 plus booking fees. All tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are available HERE. They will also be available from MELANIE’S KITCHEN in Downend ahead of each individual gig. Please note that they can only take cash payments.