We very much hope you've come to expect nothing but the country's top folk musicians at Downend Folk Club, and we're delivering on that promise with our stunning programme for Summer 2015!
On Friday 19th June, we welcome BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated duo O'HOOLEY & TIDOW.
With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, a MOJO Folk Album of 2014 award for groundbreaking album "The Hum", and a nomination for ‘Best Duo’ in this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; Belinda O’Hooley & Heidi Tidow are regarded as lionhearted trailblazers of contemporary music and songwriting. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and at times spine-tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of heart.
Friday 17th July's guest will be the fabulous JACKIE OATES, who will be joined on stage by MIKE COSGRAVE.
Jackie is a singer and fiddle player from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs, and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the forefront of the new English folk revival.
Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, she has performed extensively at festivals and venues across the country and beyond, in a solo capacity and with her band. She was a founder member of Northumbrian group and Mercury nominated Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, Jackie is now a permanent member of the folk super-group The Imagined Village as well as touring in her own right.
Her new album "The Spyglass And The Herringbone" will be released in April.
Rounding off the Summer programme will be the visit of up-and-coming Birmingham singer-songwriter CHRIS CLEVERLEY on Friday 21st August.
Whispers have been spreading far and wide around the new British Folk Scene about last year's Isambard Folk Award-winner Chris and his haunting tales of ghost women, lonesome clock towers, lovelorn mariners and hospital beds.
From touring the UK festivals to sharing the bill with such heavyweights as Martin Simpson, Spiers & Boden, Martha Tilston and Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Chris has stirred up a formidable word-of-mouth reputation and a buzzing anticipation for his forthcoming record, "Apparitions".
Tickets for these events are on-sale now to members, and will go on general sale on Monday 23rd March. All events will be held at Frenchay Village Hall and details of support acts will be announced nearer the time.