Our 2019 programme kicks off with a return from one of the most popular support acts we have ever had!

Back in November 2017, GAVIN OSBORN opened for Grace Petrie at our Frenchay Village Hall headquarters… and went down so well that the sell-out audience demanded to hear more from this Bath-based singer-songwriter. It’s the only time that the crowd has asked for an encore from a support act; it wasn’t possible on the night, but a headline concert was promised there and then. This month, that long-awaited day finally arrives!

Known for his storytelling shows with comedian Daniel Kitson (Stories For The Starlit Sky) and now with five studio albums under his belt, Gavin is a regular on the festival scene (Latitude, Green Man, Indietracks), familiar to listeners of BBC Radio 4 (Alun Cochrane's Fun House) and has just returned from a UK tour and a month-long run at the Melbourne Arts Centre.

The show will feature life-affirming, funny, personal and political songs, including some from his most recent album, Echo Bridge, which the Observer called “one of 2017’s most relatable releases”. Gavin was also featured as The Guardian's 'One To Watch', following the release of the album, praised as "one of the year's most relatable releases" and "a comfort blanket for post-Brexit alienation” These are songs aimed directly at the heart, delivered with Gavin’s trademark intelligence, honesty and wit. Mixing the personal with the political, any night spent in Gavin's company is full of lyrical loveliness, truth and passion.

Gavin will be joined on-stage by John Hare (a.k.a The Comment Section) on piano and trumpet.

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be singer-songwriter KATHERINE PRIDDY, who first visited the club to support patron Jim Moray back in December 2014.

Katherine is a dream weaver, a hypnotic storyteller and fragile performer who encapsulates the rich and often solemn side of artists gone by such as Nick Drake and John Martyn, delivering each word with a genuine warmth and charm.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 18th January 2019, are available from MELANIE'S KITCHEN or online HERE. They are priced at £12 each in advance (£10 for members), or £14 on the door. There will be a full bar, stocking soft drinks, wine, hot drinks, cider 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.

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