Our 2017 programme kicks off with a visit from one of the hottest properties on the thriving UK folk scene, as we continue our commitment to showcasing the best emerging talent around.

MOORE MOSS RUTTER are a trio of musicians who are reworking traditional native English tunes and songs into something far more contemporary. They aim to breathe life back into ancient material through complex arrangement, virtuosic musicianship, powerful aesthetic and an ear for detail. Their tools - violin, melodeon, guitar and voice - may be simple enough, but they allow MMR to take the audience on a journey through utmost subtlety, rustic artisanal beauty, and tempestuous climax.

Their second record, simply dubbed 'II', shows proof of their six-year development both as a band and individual musicians. Tom, Archie and Jack have travelled the length and breadth of the UK (and further afield) performing together and honing their craft, but have been involved in a range of important musical projects as individuals, too. These have included EFDSS commissions, Royal Festival Hall performances, and European tours.

Tom Moore has been playing violin since the age of 4, and learnt using the Suzuki Method, an alternative educational philosophy which primarily focuses on teaching the instrument by ear. He is now studying Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. In addition to Moore Moss Rutter, Tom also performs with violinist/viola d’amore player John Dipper and duet concertina player Nick Hart in Oss; and has done deputy and session playing for a range of prominent artists including Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Alex Heffes for BBC films, Robert Mitchell, Bellowhead, Antonio Forcione. He is also part of new folk-rock band, False Lights featuring Jim Moray and Sam Carter.

Archie Churchill-Moss is one of England’s top melodeon players. Having been tutored by Andy Cutting, Rob Harbron, Saul Rose and many others, he is well positioned to carry the baton of virtuosic diatonic accordion tradition. Archie also performs with Breton/Folk/Rock outfit, Dragonsfly.

Jack Rutter is a respected guitarist and multi-instrumentalist working within the English tradition. Self taught, he is known for his for his highly rhythmic tune backing, flatpicking and fingerstyle playing. In addition to his contribution to Moore Moss Rutter, Jack plays in the Seth Lakeman Band, and he is in high demand as a session guitarist for numerous other artists and outfits in the British folk scene and further afield. 

Opening the evening’s entertainment with be another of the folk scene’s best young talents.

HARRI ENDERSBY is a singer-songwriter from the North-East of the country. Her debut EP “Ivy Crown’ was released last year to critical acclaim, and her first full-length album is due for release in early-2017. Harri will be joined on-stage by husband Rich Endersby-Marsh… a former resident of nearby Stoke Gifford.

The concert will be held at our regular home of Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 20th January 2017. Tickets cost £14 each, but if you buy before Friday 13th January you can take advantage of our ‘Early Bird’ scheme and get them for just £12 each. Tickets are available from MELANIE'S KITCHEN in Downend or online HERE. Members tickets are £10 each (again before Friday 13th January) and are available direct from Chairman Ant Miles or from the Members Only area of the website.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the music will begin at around 8pm. There will be a full bar, serving locally-brewed GREAT WESTERN BREWING CO. real ales, cider, soft drinks and tea/coffee. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket as part of our drive to be environmentally-aware.