With a beautiful voice matched by an extraordinary songwriting talent, JESS VINCENT will be Downend Folk Club’s headline guest in November.


Jess is a singer/songwriter from Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire and the owner of a highly distinctive and mature voice and song writing talent. Often compared to Kate Bush, and Iris Dement, she has two albums, Timeframe and Seesaw Dreams and is actively gigging and promoting these across the UK.



“Jess Vincent is a name that should become as familiar on the lips as the wind is upon the trees”,  said one Fatea Records review, while the well-respected Reg Meuross is also a fan: “One of the most exciting singer songwriters I’ve heard in years, with a magical voice and an exceptional and truly innovative songwriting talent.”


Playing guitar, ukelele and shruti box, will be joined on stage by multi-instrumentalist MARCEL ROSE for the gig. To find our more about Jess and see some of her videos, please visit www.jessvincentsings.com.


Opening the show at Frenchay Village Hall will be Mangotsfield-based ladies acapella chorus BLACK SHEEP HARMONYThe chorus was formed in April 2012 by a group of people who wanted to sing unaccompanied close harmony in a happy, relaxed environment where music is king. Their watchword is continual improvement so that their singing stands them out from the crowd (or flock)! Their appearance at Downend Folk Club continues the club’s passion for promoting local artists. They have their own website, www.blacksheepharmony.co.uk.


The concert will be held on Friday 21st November, and the doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £8 in advance (£7 for members via the website only), or £10 on the door. They are available from Baguette Me Not in Downend, Bristol Ticket Shop andwww.downendfolkclub.co.uk, where you can also find more information about the club, including our membership scheme.

Photographs of a very special night in October, featuring the Jennifer Crook Trio and Mike Weaver, are now available to view online.

You can see the set, captured by the superb Chris Dobson, by clicking on the "Photos" tab on the menu bar, or by clicking here.

There is also a video of the Jennifer Crook Trio performing the title track of Jennifer's new album, "Carnforth Station", taken by Hannah Lang of Button Media. You can watch the video on our YouTube Channel here, and can find out more about Hannah's work here.



* Please note that clicking on the album link will take you to an external website, run by our very own Alan Cole, where photos from our events are hosted.

We're proud to feature an artist who spent many of her formative years in Downend as our headline act for October.

JENNIFER CROOK, who has earned a reputation as an outstanding harp player as well as an acclaimed singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist, lived in Downend between the ages of nine and 17. She attended Downend School and still has family in the area.

“Carnforth Station’ is Jennifer’s third solo release and features her trio, who will join her on stage this month. The trio is made up of Jennifer, cellist BETH PORTER and multi-instrumentalist MIKE COSGRAVE.

Jennifer, whose career has taken her from the BBC Young Tradition Award to touring with Snow Patrol, wrote many of the songs for ‘Carnforth Station’ on the lever harp and much of her musical history (elements of traditional Irish, bluegrass and alternative country), finds its way into this collection of songs which explore life’s journeys and transitions... moving on, letting go, joy, loss and hope.

On returning to familiar surroundings of Downend, Jennifer said: “I’m really excited to be back in Downend, and it’s great news that there’s a folk club now. I lived in Downend when I was younger and went to Downend School. I didn’t play the harp back then, as I took that up later at university, but I played various instruments and made up songs.”

Jennifer continued: "I was always trying to drag my friends up on stage to join me in school assemblies and concerts, but I wasn’t considered very ‘cool’ at the time… life might have been very different id there had been a folk club in Downend back then!”

The Jennifer Crook Trio will feature at Downend Folk Club on Friday 17th October. You can buy tickets for the gig here.


Opening for The Jennifer Crook Trio will be MIKE WEAVER.

Mike is a highly-respected singer-songwriter, originally from Cheltenham but now living in Worcestershire. He is a writer and illustrator by day and an acoustic performer by night, and writes his own material drawing upon both contemporary and traditional influences. 

After break of seventeen years, Mike returned to songwriting and performing in 2013 and released a CD of original songs spanning three decades in August this year.

Since his 'comeback' he has played at a variety of events across southern England, and was the closing act on the Tipi stage at Lechlade Music Festival in May.


Don't forget that it's not only Jennifer who is coming home this month... for the first time since our opening event, Downend Folk Club will be held in Downend!

Frenchay Village Hall remains our regular home, but we will be holding three or four events every year at Christ Church Downend, in the church building itself. This is brilliant news, because it's a great venue for folk music. And fear not... you'll still be able to get your GWB real ales, cider and wine, as the church have kindly given us permission to run a bar in the foyer.

We're very grateful to Jo Vickery and his team for allowing us to use their beautiful building. See you there!