We're pleased to reveal that the guests for the second in our series of events for this November lockdown will be THE LAST INKLINGS.
 
Mystery has largely disappeared from the world; but this duo can put the trolls back under the bridges and remind you not to step into a fairy ring under a full moon! The Last Inklings create music that inspires wonder and intrigue through songwriting, stories and soundscapes.
 
 
The alt-folk duo is formed of multi-instrumentalists David Hoyland and Leonardo MacKenzie, former members of respected folk trio Kadia. Their experimental sound focusses on cello, mandolin and violin layered with vocal harmonies. Songs are inspired by folklore and the human element of mythology, drawing on narrative influences ranging from Norse myths to the writings of Neil Gaiman, Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung.
 
Musically they have been inspired by artists including Moulettes, Punch Brothers, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Tobias Ben Jacob, Andrew Bird and Max Richter along with the traditional songs and tunes of the UK. Some of the stories may not be entirely true, but they tell a truth just the same. The Last Inklings released their debut EP in Spring 2020.
 
The focus of these "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 going direct to the guest. You can donate at PayPal.me/downendfolkclub.
 
So, we're back in lockdown, but you know what that means! Over the next four weeks (or longer, we'll see what happens!), we'll be returning to our "an hour or so with..." sessions via our FACEBOOK page. And we're thrilled to announce that the guest for the first of these will be the thoroughly brilliant MAZ O'CONNOR.
 
Hailed as a "remarkable songwriting talent" by Q magazine, singer-songwriter Maz is known for her thoughtful lyrics and captivating singing. She grew up in the wild Lake District of the Romantic Poets, studied literature at Cambridge and is now settled in South London. With roots in Ireland, all of these influences make her songwriting and performing style something truly unique.
 
 
In 2014 Maz was awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship (Adele was a previous recipient). During this year she wrote her album This Willowed Light, which earned her a nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award and appearances at high profile festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival, WOMAD and Glastonbury. She headlined Downend Folk Club, at our larger Christ Church venue, back in February 2015.
 
Her second album The Longing Kind, was a coming-of-age piece, about which Songlines wrote: "There is an inquiring intelligence as well as an emotional sensibility at work here…she plays and sings beautifully." She toured the UK and Europe, and opened for such artists as David Gray, Thomas Dybdahl & Rosanne Cash. 

Maz's new album Chosen Daughter is a concentrated feminist statement. It is not protest music, but a very personal album which explores, and celebrates, the feminine, inspired by the stories of her grandmothers.
 
The focus of these "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 going direct to the guest. You can donate at PayPal.me/downendfolkclub or via the button below.
 
It won’t come as any surprise to you to hear that we’ve had to indefinitely postpone this month’s planned LUCY WARD in Concert live and online events. As no new date is available at this stage, we will refund all tickets immediately… although please note it can take up to ten days for Headfirst to complete the refund process.

Those that had tickets for the live part of the performance will be offered priority tickets for the rescheduled date next year before they go on sale.

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries. Do watch this space for some happier news shortly!