We are very excited to reveal our programme for Summer 2018.
It features three of the best up-and-coming acts on the folk scene at the moment, including a double BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, a former member of Bellowhead and a duo hailed by fRoots magazine as “spellbinding”.
Kicking us off on Friday 18th May at Frenchay Village Hall will be DAOIRI FARRELL. Seemingly arriving on the scene as a fully formed musician in the last year, Daoiri has in fact been studying traditional Irish music for a number of years and has accompanied most of the major names in Irish music including Christy Moore, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, all of whom are fans. Daoiri scooped ‘Horizon’ and ‘Best Traditional Song’ at 2017’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Opening the evening’s entertainment will be ROSIE HOOD, herself a former ‘Horizon’ nominee.
Our headliners on Friday 15th June will be RACHAEL McSHANE & THE CARTOGRAPHERS as we venture to a new venue at Downend School. Rachael is a singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player based in the North East of England. An original member of folk big band Bellowhead, Rachael toured internationally with them as well as making several TV appearances. Bellowhead recorded 5 studio albums, and won a total of 8 BBC Folk Awards in their 12 years together. She is now playing with a brand new band, featuring guitarist Matthew Ord and melodeon player Julian Sutton. The evening will begin with a set from local four-piece ROAD NOT TAKEN.
Rounding off the programme back at Frenchay Village Hall will be HANNAH SANDERS & BEN SAVAGE, on Friday 20th July. A chance meeting at their local Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge uncovered Hannah and Ben’s shared musical passions and sympathies, that over time has developed into a unique and intimate show of American roots and English folk music. Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are a folk duo that look & sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique. Exeter-based singer/songwriter & guitarist BEN MORGAN-BROWN.