We are thrilled to reveal our rather excellent programme for Summer 2019.
We’ve got something for everyone on the third Friday of every month between May and July. We’ve ticked every box in the broad church that is the folk genre, from astute observational song-writing right through to traditional English folk songs and tunes.
Kicking off the programme on Friday 17th May, is THE DOVETAIL TRIO. Presenting England's traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, the band explores familiar narratives with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage. This collaboration effortlessly combines the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jamie Roberts, BBC Performing Arts Award winner Rosie Hood, and Newcastle Folk Degree alumnus Matt Quinn. They release their second album this May. The evening's entertainment will get underway with a set from fast-rising local four-piece ROAD NOT TAKEN.
Our June event, on Friday 21st, will be headlined by KITTY MACFARLANE, one of the most exciting singers to emerge on the scene in recent years. Kitty, who has twice performed the support slot at Downend Folk Club, is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her highly anticipated debut album Namer Of Clouds, released last September, gathers inspiration from the sky to the seabed. Opening for Kitty will be hotly-tipped Bath-based guitarist and singer LOUIS CAMPBELL.
Rounding off our Summer programme, on Friday 19th July, will be JACK RUTTER. Sheffield-based Jack first graced our stage in January 2017 as part of Moore, Moss, Rutter, but since then his solo career has really taken off and we're thrilled to welcome him back. Still in his mid-20s, Jack is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist making music within the British folk tradition. His debut solo album Hills, which is a collection of eleven traditional folk songs, has been received with across the board acclaim and recognition. Getting the evening underway will be up-and-coming Bristol-based singer-songwriter ELLIE GOWERS.
Each concert takes place at Frenchay Village Hall, starting at 8.00pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are on-sale now HERE. We're also offering the Season Ticket option again, which means you can buy tickets for all three gigs in one go and avoid those pesky booking fees. You can also get tickets from MELANIE'S KITCHEN in Downend.