The concerts have had to stop for now, but we've still been beavering away behind the scenes to bring you something fresh, different and exciting! We're thrilled to announce that this Friday will see the start of a new online weekly series: "An hour or so with..."

Each week, at 8.00pm on our FACEBOOK page, we'll be joined by a different guest for an hour or so. The focus of these events will be on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You'll be invited to ask questions in the comments, so it will be 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 going direct to the guest. You can find that HERE.

Our first guest, this Friday (3rd April) will be our Patron, JIM MORAY. Jim is amongst England’s finest interpreters of traditional song. His relentlessly innovative recordings can truly be said to have changed the sound of folk music since the early 2000s, and he has won fans and admirers far outside of the folk scene without ever betraying his traditional roots. A five-time BBC Folk Award winner, his songs have been featured in a season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, he has appeared on-screen singing a specially composed song for Dr Who spin-off Class as aliens attack the earth, and he has presented documentaries on traditional music for BBC Radio 3.

We'll be announcing next week's guest at the end of each episode, so do stay tuned until the very end, and get your questions ready in the meantime. You can submit questions in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd rather. And make sure that you've "liked" our Facebook page for reminders.

We've tried to do something a bit different, so we hope you'll want to put 8.00pm every Friday for the next few weeks in your diaries now. We have some great guests lined up! See you then (well, we won't, but you'll see us!).

 

As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation continues to develop and escalate, the Downend Folk Club committee are faced with questions as to what to do with the scheduled concerts over the next few months. We continue to monitor the advice from the Government, and remain committed to resuming our programme as soon as it is legal and safe to do so.

I'm sure you will agree, the prospect of our April and May concerts going ahead seems extremely unlikely, so we have taken the decision to postpone these two concerts immediately, to allow for the best chance of them being rescheduled as quickly as possible.

Therefore, the event scheduled for Friday 17th April, featuring INDIA ELECTRIC CO. at Frenchay Village Hall, and the SAM CARTER & THE HOME WATERS STRING QUARTET concert, scheduled for Friday 22nd May at Christ Church Downend, will now not go ahead. We continue to keep an eye on our June and July bookings, which remain in place for the time being.

The good news is that we have already been able to reschedule the INDIA ELECTRIC CO. concert. This will now, all being well, be the first concert in our Autumn Programme, on Friday 18th September, again at Frenchay Village Hall. All purchased tickets will automatically transfer to this new date, so if you are able to attend, you do not need to do anything. If you are unable to make the new date, you can claim a full refund (minus bookings fees). Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need to do this, but please note that, depending on demand, we may not be able to process your refund until the week following the rearranged date. This is simply because the ticket money is not released to us until after that date. There are reserves to cover a small number of refunds, but not all. Your understanding is appreciated.

We remain committed to bringing SAM CARTER back to Downend Folk Club as part of our 2021 programme, and conversations with Sam's team are ongoing. However, with the date unclear, we will refund all tickets currently bought for this event immediately. Again, please email us and we'll make that happen.

Please watch this space, as well as our social media, for continued updates, and we hope to see you all again very soon.

Ant Miles, Chairman
on behalf of the Downend Folk Club committee

 It is with regret that we have made the decision to cancel this Friday's concert, which was due to feature Salt House, with support from Jon Wilks.

As I'm sure you can understand, this is not a decision we have taken lightly, especially in view of the fact that it was almost sold out, and I know many of you were looking forward to it immensely. So were we. However, with uncertainty caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (the Government could cancel events such as this any day now), alongside the even more crucial consideration of people's health, we do not feel any other decision than this would be the right one.

So, what happens now? Full refunds (of the face value of the ticket) are available from the point of purchase. Unfortunately any bookings fees added by third party ticket sellers (WeGotTickets, Headfirst Bristol etc) are out of our control and are probably non-refundable.

If you bought through WeGotTickets, a refund will be credited to your account... you do not need to do anything. If you bought at Melanie's Kitchen, please take your tickets back to the shop and they will refund your money. Please note that Melanie's Kitchen are NOT able to refund any tickets that weren't bought there. If you bought in any other way (season tickets, at a concert or via Headfirst Bristol) please reply to this email and we will make arrangements to refund your ticket. In order to claim your refund, you must do so by 5pm on Friday 20th March. It will not be possible to refund any tickets after this point.

Clearly, this is a very worrying time for musicians, venues and others involved in this industry. Many are self-employed and are now facing many weeks without income that they had budgeted for. So the final thing we're asking is this: if you are in the fortunate position of not needing your refund, could you perhaps consider leaving it with us as a donation? Most of this money will go to Salt House by way of a cancellation fee, while a small amount will be retained by Downend Folk Club to cover our irretrievable costs... the split is based on the split of ticket money agreed with the band, they are aware of this and would be very grateful for any donations made. This sum will be made up of unclaimed refunds by Friday (on most tickets) but if you bought via WGT and got an automatic refund, you can donate it back via the button below.

We will look to bring Salt House (and Jon Wilks) back to Downend Folk Club as soon in the future as we can. We have not yet made any decisions about concerts after this one, and we continue to monitor Government advice. We will let you know any information regarding concerts as soon as we are able.

In the meantime, stay well, and we'll see you soon.

Ant Miles, Chairman
on behalf of the Downend Folk Club committee