The final guests in the latest series of weekly online events for lockdown will be MEGSON, who will join us for an hour or so of chat, with a few songs thrown in, on Friday 16th April.

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the  Spiral Earth Awards Megson, aka Stu & Debbie Hanna, draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music. 

The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting and intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it, "if you don’t like the music here then you have a problem".

2019 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album Contradicshun gaining them even more critical acclaim including Folk Album of the Week from The Sunday Times, "(O)ne of the albums of the year" from Rock 'n' Reel, while legendary folk  broadcaster Mike Harding said "Megson have brought out a constant stream of absolutely stunning albums over the years and this is no exception. A cracker of an album".

The focus of our "an hour or so" 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 (after PayPal charges) going direct to the guest. You can donate at www.paypal.me/downendfolkclub. There's also a link at the bottom of this page.

This will be the final "an hour or so" for the moment as we look forward to a return to socially-distanced concerts. We'll be announcing our online plans as part of this event, at around 9.00pm, so please do tune in to find out what's next... we're really pleased with what we've come up with! 

Our next guest for "an hour or so" will be an artist who gave a 2020 masterclass in how to continue to grab people's attention during a global pandemic, as we are joined by KATHERINE PRIDDY for a chat and a handful of songs.

The last two years have been a whirlwind for Birmingham-based folk artist Katherine, who, having emerged onto the scene with her long-awaited debut EP Wolf in 2018, has been steadily turning heads since. Wolf has been championed by the BBC 2 Folk Show, BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson and BBC Wales, as well as receiving exceptional reviews. The great Richard Thompson named it as his Best Thing I've Heard All Year in MOJO Magazine whilst Folk Radio UK pronounced the release to be "something extraordinary indeed...one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard. Her tone, phrasing pitch and sentiment...it’s flawless". After quickly selling out of the original pressing of Wolf, Katherine bowed to popular demand and released it digitally, as well as selling out two further re-presses of the EP.

Katherine's haunting vocals and distinctive finger picking guitar style have been captivating growing audiences around the UK. With the buzz around Katherine building, her shows have been packed out with people travelling afar to catch her perform the tracks live, including sell-out headline shows as far afield as Brighton and Durham. Indeed, Katherine’s stock continues to rise within the folk world and beyond.

Katherine's original works are delivered with an emotional maturity, depth and a tenderness that still carries a darker edge, citing Nick Drake, John Martyn, Tunng and Imagined Village amongst her influences. Her lyrics are particularly noteworthy - a tribute to her life-long love affair with literature and poetry and the stories she weaves are transporting. It is clear that, despite the delicate nuances of her sound, Katherine is not a fragile wallflower, but a woman who means business. 2021 promises to be an exciting year for Katherine Priddy!

The focus of our "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 (after PayPal charges) going direct to the guest. You can donate at www.paypal.me/downendfolkclub. There's also a link at the bottom of this page.

This will be the penultimate "hour or so" for the moment as we look forward to a return to socially-distanced concerts. Please sign up to our mailing list HERE to keep in touch with what we're up to... we'll be doing more stuff online in the near future.

We're excited to reveal that the next artist to join us for "an hour or so" on a Friday evening will be JON WILKS, who will be our guest on Friday 2nd April... it should be a very Good Friday indeed!

A former journalist (editor of Time Out magazine in Tokyo and Abu Dhabi and writer for The Guardian, Dazed & Confused, plus plenty more), Jon spent years interviewing famous musicians and digging into the stories behind the creative aspects of people's lives. In about 2016, while trying to find out a bit more about his recently deceased father's life, Jon visited Cecil Sharp House for the first time, having had his interest piqued by his uncle and aunt. Jon was told that his grandparents had "courted" there, so was interested to find out more about it. He already knew a little about it, having been a Martin Carthy and Watersons fan since his late teenage years, so he was keen to put two and two together. 

Having been a guitarist since the age of eight, and having played in countless bands in the UK and Japan, Jon also wanted to engage with the music himself, with the thought that this was essential to understanding it better. Jon recorded videos of some of the songs he was writing about on his Grizzly Folk blog, which then turned into a little side project, eventually becoming the first of three traditional albums Jon has released so far: Songs from the Attic, Midlife and Up the Cut. Jon has also released an EP (The Trial of Bill Burn Under Martin's Act, which features Nick Hart and Mikey Kenney) and a standalone single (Mary Ashford's Tragedy, featuring Katherine Priddy). Between lockdowns Jon helped Jackie Oates to make an album of traditional children's songs for a computer programme company, so it has been a busy four years or so!

The focus of our "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 (after PayPal charges) going direct to the guest. You can donate at www.paypal.me/downendfolkclub. There's also a link at the bottom of this page.

We’ll keep these sessions going for as long as we’re locked inside. Watch this space, and do sign up for our mailing list HERE to make sure that you don’t miss anything.