Just occasionally, a young musician appears as if from nowhere and gets people talking immediately. HARRI ENDERSBY is one of those rare finds, and she headlines our March concert.

From acoustic to electronic, Harri blurs the lines of the folk genre, drawing inspiration from both contemporary and traditional music, as well as the rugged landscape of County Durham, the place that she calls home.

Her debut album Homes/Lives, released in last year, has impressed critics around the country, and she has had tracks played on BBC Radio 6, Radio Scotland, and Radio Wales. Homes/Lives presents a transition in style, beginning with acoustic, stripped-back tracks whilst gradually introducing electronic instrumentation and beats as the album progresses.

Having first graced the club’s stage as a support act last year, she now returns for a full set, by popular demand from our regulars! Harri will be joined on-stage by her husband Rich, who also plays guitar and percussion.

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be BEN ROBERTSON, a young fingerstyle guitarist and singer who plays a range of folk instrumentals and songs from across the British Isles and Europe.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 16th March 2018, are available from MELANIE'S KITCHEN or online HERE. They are priced at £11 each in advance (£9 for members), or £13 on the door. There will be a full bar, stocking Severn Cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based GREAT WESTERN BREWING CO., and also locally-made NAUGHTY BROWNIES. There will be a raffle with prizes including CDs, gift boxes of beer and sweet treats. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket as part of our drive to be more environmentally aware.

We are very excited to reveal our programme for Summer 2018.

It features three of the best up-and-coming acts on the folk scene at the moment, including a double BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, a former member of Bellowhead and a duo hailed by fRoots magazine as “spellbinding”.

Kicking us off on Friday 18th May at Frenchay Village Hall will be DAOIRI FARRELL. Seemingly arriving on the scene as a fully formed musician in the last year, Daoiri has in fact been studying traditional Irish music for a number of years and has accompanied most of the major names in Irish music including Christy Moore, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, all of whom are fans. Daoiri scooped ‘Horizon’ and ‘Best Traditional Song’ at 2017’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Opening the evening’s entertainment will be ROSIE HOOD, herself a former ‘Horizon’ nominee.

Our headliners on Friday 15th June will be RACHAEL McSHANE & THE CARTOGRAPHERS as we venture to a new venue at Downend School. Rachael is a singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player based in the North East of England. An original member of folk big band Bellowhead, Rachael toured internationally with them as well as making several TV appearances. Bellowhead recorded 5 studio albums, and won a total of 8 BBC Folk Awards in their 12 years together. She is now playing with a brand new band, featuring guitarist Matthew Ord and melodeon player Julian Sutton. The evening will begin with a set from local four-piece ROAD NOT TAKEN.

Rounding off the programme back at Frenchay Village Hall will be HANNAH SANDERS & BEN SAVAGE, on Friday 20th July. A chance meeting at their local Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge uncovered Hannah and Ben’s shared musical passions and sympathies, that over time has developed into a unique and intimate show of American roots and English folk music. Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are a folk duo that look & sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique. Exeter-based singer/songwriter & guitarist BEN MORGAN-BROWN.

Tickets for each event are priced at £12 each in advance or £14 on the door and are on-sale at MELANIE'S KITCHEN or online HERE, while you can also take advantage of our Members Season Ticket for £36 and avoid booking fees (only available online). Any problems, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The best kind of folk music plays an odd trick. It faces backwards and forwards at the same time. EDGELARKS play the best kind of folk music.

The last time Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin played at the folk club they were two supremely talented musicians with four Christian names between them. Today they have racked up yet another BBC Folk Awards nomination, toured the world, collaborated with everyone and changed their name. And Edgelarks seems fitting. A voice of heartbreaking beauty standing at the margins. A yearning that looks to horizons, somewhere out there. She has the heartbreaking voice, they have their eyes on the widest, most distant horizon.

Because, you see, Edgelarks deal in the huge. For a mere duo they create a multi-layered, many faceted noise. Banjo, fiddle, Indian slide guitar, dobro, harmonica, stomps, drones and some sort of folkish beatboxing swirl about them. Worlds are created. Great vista sweep before them. They have their eyes fixed firmly in the distance but they are tethered to right here. The opening song of the night demonstrates this in the best possible way. Silbury Hill is an old song about an ancient piece of Albion but it oozes contemporary folk charm.

Hannah Martin's voice is exquisite. It is a rich, deep thing that tells a tale with glorious simplicity. You could listen to her sing forever and never tire of it. She is the perfect counterpoint to Phillip Henry's remarkable musical virtuosity. A seemingly unassuming Lancastrian, he becomes possessed by the spirit of wild invention once he picks up an instrument, any instrument; playing a slide guitar with a paintbrush one minute, imitating a train with his harmonica the next. He is the one that gives her travelling narratives their wings.

Early on they tell us what they think of our current European political situation and it's easy to see why they believe "Brexit is b*****ks". For anyone that wants to explore the world as they do, insularity is anathema. Whether using the American Jay as metaphor on Song of the Jay, an Australian tour as the marker for their place in the world, as on Signposts, or setting 300 year old Dutch letters free on Undelivered, they constantly roam. Americana and English folk song jostle and tussle, sometimes in the same song.

Before all of this wide-screen soundscapery, IONA LANE treats us to a short set of Joni-flecked indie folk. The five tracks were lovely, simple and acoustic but the highlight was yet another song that transported the Frenchay faithful to a different place. Her version of the traditional The Loch Tay Boat Song stopped time. Scots to its very bones and seriously beautiful. An utter treat.

So, songs that look backward and forwards. Songs that remind you of the widest horizons. Songs to sing on the edges of our world. Edgelarks play the best sort of folk music.

Words: Gavin McNamara
Photo: Chris Dobson