Our Christmas Concert has been a staple in the diaries of local music lovers for many-a-year, with a series of memorable events since our formation almost eight years ago, and this year promises to continue that tradition with a visit from a bonafide folk “supergroup”.
Now in its seventh year, A WINTER UNION is a festive folk band like no other. From five leading lights of the British folk and roots scene, gig-goers can expect soaring vocals and exquisite musicianship as the band delight with a repertoire of folk songs from across the yuletide traditions. Glorious wassails, fresh arrangements of traditional carols both well-loved and little-known, and original songs heralding the joys of the season.
HANNAH SANDERS & BEN SAVAGE, Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts (three times BBC Folk Award nominees GILMORE & ROBERTS) and Jade Rhiannon (THE WILLOWS) are excited to roll out their stunning festive show. These songs are stirred together with such beautiful 5-part harmonies, accompanied by dobro, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, guitars a-plenty and a shruti box thrown in for good measure.
The five-piece will be joined on the bill by folk singer-songwriter LIZZY HARDINGHAM, who has long been on the radar of our committee after a breakthrough year or two.
A South-East based folk musician and songstress, Lizzy is paving her way as a powerhouse performer with "beautifully delivered songs that sing straight to the heart". 2019 saw her storm the UK folk club and festival scene, including Cambridge Folk Festival, while in 2020 she captivated online audiences with "a voice that could fill a stadium and the sensitivity to bring a room to attentive silence". Having been nominated for FATEA's coveted Female Artist of The Year, Lizzy is currently being mentored by the English Folk Expo and working on "firmly nailing her place as one of the rising stars of the folk scene”.
Her debut album Dusk is "an incredibly strong, top drawer album that packs a punch with every song”.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at CHRIST CHURCH DOWNEND on Friday 17th December 2021, are available online at www.downendfolkclub.com and from MELANIE'S KITCHEN in Downend (cash only). They are priced at £15 each in advance or £17 on the door. There will be a bar, stocking cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based GREAT WESTERN BREWING CO. and cakes from Radstock's THE GREAT CAKE COMPANY, run by our former sound engineer Chris Webster! You are encouraged to bring you own glass/mug/tankard/bucket, as well as reusable bottles for water, as part of the club’s drive to be more environmentally aware. There is now a 50p discount for those bringing their own receptacles. There may be mulled wine and mince pies… watch this space!