Downend Folk Club’s Christmas Concert has become a fixture in the diaries of local music-lovers after a series of spectacular events... but this year’s has the potential to be the very best yet!
Both LADY MAISERY and JIMMY ALDRIDGE & SID GOLDSMITH have graced our various stages and played to packed houses in the past, but now they have teamed up for “Awake Arise - A Christmas Show For Our Times”, celebrating the riches of our varied winter traditions and reflecting upon the hope and resilience in music and song that can bring joy to us all in the darkest season.
Award winning trio Lady Maisery (Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans and Hazel Askew) have for nearly a decade produced “some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene" (The Guardian).
The beguiling musical partnership of Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith complete the powerful line- up, bringing the outstanding vocals, sensitive instrumentation and powerful social conscience that has won them widespread critical acclaim. "Rousing stuff" (The Observer).
And tickets for the event, at the newly-refurbished Christ Church Downend, are already flying out, with over 200 sold a month in advance of the event... so we thoroughly recommend booking in advance.
Opening the evening’s entertainment will be DANNY PEDLER & ROSIE BUTLER-HALL, a folk duo with roots based in both English and French tradition. Danny plays hurdy-gurdy and accordion and Rosie plays five-string fiddle and sings. Their music is characterised by flowing melodies, intricate harmonies and strong rhythms while keeping the flavour of the traditional style.
The pair were finalists of the New Roots competition in 2012 and won the open mic competition at Shrewsbury Festival in 2013; since then they have played at folk clubs and festivals all over the country.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at CHRIST CHURCH DOWNEND on Friday 21st December 2018, are available from MELANIE'S KITCHEN or online HERE. They are priced at £15 each in advance (£13 for members), or £17 on the door. There will be a full bar, stocking Severn Cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based GREAT WESTERN BREWING CO., and also locally-made NAUGHTY BROWNIES. There will be a raffle with prizes including CDs, gift boxes of beer and sweet treats. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/ mug/tankard/bucket, as well as reusable bottles for water, as part of the club’s drive to be more environmentally aware.