Back in March 2015, when Downend Folk Club was less than a year old, a young singer-songwriter from Derby grabbed the attention of a capacity crowd and held it for a whole evening, quickly going down as a favourite of the gathered South Gloucestershire music lovers.

Later this month, three-and-a-half years on, LUCY WARD makes a triumphant and long overdue return, this time with her band in tow, as they continue to tour the country in support of Lucy’s latest album, Pretty Warnings.

Lucy is an impressive, original songwriter whose unique delivery and breath-taking voice has en- chanted audiences the world over. Her music never fails to get to the heart of the human condition with her expressive, unflinching writing style and warm personality that radiates from the stage. Having come up through the folk tradition, Lucy’s music has a sense of rooted belonging. She is BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner and is the youngest person ever to be nominated for the prestigi- ous BBC Folk Singer of the Year.

Named “Brit-folks most forthright new young talent” by MOJO and “inspiring” by Billy Bragg, it’s easy to see why Lucy is in such demand.

Opening the evening's entertainment will be JACK HOPKINSON. Hailing from the small town of Kenilworth in Warwickshire, Jack is a singer-songwriter playing folk-pop Americana mixed with a little bit of country. In 2015 he released his debut EP When You Wanna Be, which reached the top 25 of the iTunes chart, followed in 2016 by his second EP More Than Just. In support of these records, Jack has played over 500 gigs in three years, including a successful US tour, taking in a winning showcase at the famous Eddie's Attic in Atlanta.

We are back at DOWNEND SCHOOL for this event, with a larger crowd expected that can be crammed into our Frenchay Village Hall HQ... make sure you book early, you don't want to miss this one!

Tickets for the event, which takes place on Friday 19th October 2018, are available from MELANIE'S KITCHEN or online HERE. They are priced at £12 each in advance (£10 for members), or £14 on the door. There will be a full bar, stocking locally-brewed real ales from Hambrook-based GREAT WESTERN BREWING CO., as well as cider, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee and locally-produced NAUGHTY BROWNIES. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard, as well as reusable bottles for water, as part of our drive to cut down on waste. There will be the usual raffle, with prizes including CDs, gift boxes of beer and sweet treats.

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