Sometimes folk, sometimes not.

That’s the first line from the official biography of a duo called INDIA ELECTRIC CO. But it could equally describe the eclectic range of folk, roots, acoustic and singer/songwriter acts that are regularly put on at Downend Folk Club. And that’s why this is such a nice match, and why India Electric Co. are amongst the first headline acts to be invited back for a second helping.

You see, India Electric Co. (otherwise known as Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe) were amongst the first batch of headliners when we launched back in in 2014... and it was a key moment in the early life of the club.

A packed audience that night (it sold out weeks in advance) were treated to an extraordinary evening of musicianship which really marked the club out as something for local music-lovers to make a regular monthly feature in their diary. Many people still refer back to that night as one of their favourites so far. So having Cole & Jospeh back? Well, it was obvious, really!

India Electric Co. use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie’s nest.” (Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3).

After releasing their debut debut album ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’ in 2015 they began extensively supporting and accompanying Midge Ure throughout Europe. They performed live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, as well as playing the likes of Glastonbury Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. In 2017 they’re embarking on their first tours of Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Ireland to coincide with the release of their latest recordings.

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be rising star JACK COOKSON.

Jack is a multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter from the South West. His distinct style combines his deeply articulate lyrics with memorable melodic hooks and intricate, fingerstyle guitar arrangements, influenced by elements of blues, folk and punk. He has shared the stage with the likes of Franz Nicolay (Against Me!/The Hold Steady), Cory Branan and Austin Lucas, and in early 2016 he was announced as one of the final four nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 16th June 2017, are available from MELANIE'S KITCHEN or online HERE. There will be a full bar, stocking cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based brewery GREAT WESTERN BREWING CO., as well as locally-made NAUGHTY BROWNIES. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket as part of the club’s drive to be more environmentally sustainable. There will also be a raffle with a range of great prizes (all raffle money is invested into programming our support acts).

There is a Facebook Event for the concert HERE, where you can keep up with all the latest ticket news, previews and information. Simply click 'Interested' or 'Going' to be kept in touch.