Downend Folk Club’s patron JIM MORAY makes a return this month as we put on our most exciting and ambitious concert to date.

The multi-award winning folk musician presents a live performance of his acclaimed album Upcetera. Accompanied by a five-piece ensemble including strings and woodwind, he reimagines traditional ballads as dramatically orchestrated torch songs or a sort of English Fado.

For 15 years Jim has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of folk song and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was always Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way. Upcetera heralds a new chapter for the producer and has received the best reviews of his career, including five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines. He has also found the time to contribute three new songs to BBC Dr Who spin- off show Class, and launched his own Low Culture Podcast.

As well as being the biggest show we have ever put on, it also sees us visit a new venue... the show will be held at Resound Bristol (in Mangotsfield) while Christ Church Downend is closed for refurbishment.

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be DARIA KULESH.

With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, "bold, exotic, impressive" Daria is a rising star and a unique character on the UK folk scene. Her debut album Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal” and named runner-up in Best Album of 2015 from a Female Artist by FolkWords, among numerous other accolades.

Her 2017 album Long Lost Home has already won awards in the UK and in Russia. It has enjoyed national radio play and incredible reviews calling it a “triumph”, a “masterpiece” and “a definite contender for the best album of 2017”. Mike Harding praised the The Moon and the Pilot as "one of the most beautiful new songs of the last ten years”.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at RESOUND BRISTOL in Mangotsfield on Friday 15th December 2017, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from www.downendfolkclub.co.uk. and are priced at £15 each (£13 for members). We anticipate massive demand from across the region, so do book quickly! There will be a full bar, stocking Severn Cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally- brewed real ale from Hambrook-based brewery GREAT WESTERN BREWING CO., and also locally-made NAUGHTY BROWNIES. There will also be a raffle. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket as part of our drive to be more ecologicaly aware.

There is a Facebook event for the concert HERE where you can keep up to date with all the ticket information and news.