We are thrilled to reveal our rather brilliant (if we do say so ourselves!) programme for Spring 2019.
We’ve got something for everyone on the third Friday of every month between January and April. We’ve ticked every box in the broad church that is the folk genre, right from astute observational song-writing right through to traditional English folk songs and tunes.
Kicking off the programme on Friday 18th January, and back by popular demand, is GAVIN OSBORN. Gavin went down a storm when he opened for Grace Petrie back in November 2017, and we’ve listened to you, our regulars, who were desperate to hear more than the 25 minutes he gave us. Known for his storytelling shows with comedian Daniel Kitson, and now with five studio albums under his belt, Gavin is a regular on the festival scene and is also familiar to listeners of BBC Radio 4. KATHERINE PRIDDY will provide the support slot at 8.00pm.
Our February event, on Friday 15th, will be headlined by ALDEN, PATTERSON & DASHWOOD, one of the most exciting bands to emerge on the scene in recent years. The Norwich based trio weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro and guitar around beautifully written original songs and melodies. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home. Opening for the trio will be MOLLY-ANNE.
Making a triumphant and long-overdue return on Friday 15th March will be multiple Folk Award-nominated duo O’HOOLEY & TIDOW. Belinda and Heidi first played at the club in 2015 to a sell-out audience, who demanded that we book them again… we’ve never had more requests for an act to return! With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2, five star reviews and a feature in The Guardian, the songwriting, voice and piano partnership of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow is regarded as “one of British folk music’s mightiest combinations” (Mojo Magazine). DFC Favourite MIKE WEAVER will be the support act.
Rounding off the programme on Friday 19th April are THE ASKEW SISTERS. Hazel is a familiar face to the DFC faithful, having featured as part of Lady Maisery, but now she returns in duo form with her sister Emily. The pair’s live performances brim with the depth and connection not only of two sisters, but also of two musicians who have been immersed in folk music all their lives. In April they release their long awaited fourth album, a collection of songs about enclosure, place and power. Opening the evening's entertainment will be NICK HART.
Each concert takes place at Frenchay Village Hall, starting at 8.00pm with the support act. The headline act will start at around 8.40pm. Doors open at 7.30pm.
Tickets for all of these events are on-sale now HERE, and will be in-stock at MELANIE'S KITCHEN very soon. We have again added a Season Ticket, where you can buy tickets for all four events in one go and avoid those pesky booking fees!