Our Summer Programme starts this month with a visit from THE DOVETAIL TRIO, as the three-piece visit South Gloucestershire as part of a UK tour of their new album, Bold Champions.

Recorded in just a few days in October 2018 in a beautiful 160-year-old schoolroom overlooking their adoptive home city of Sheffield, Bold Champions showcases The Dovetail Trio’s impressively tight harmonies and sensitive, skilled playing. Known for their compelling live performances and entertaining on-stage dynamic, The Dovetail Trio’s second album features songs from sources both written and recorded, ranging from archive recordings of Gloucestershire singers to the living breathing tradition of The Copper Family of Sussex. These songs transport the listener through tales of tragedy and death, romance and seduction, the adventure of the sea, and even a tragic case of mistaken identity.

“I feel that folk songs are like a window to the past, providing us with wonderful, poetic tales of romance, adventure and misery”, says duet concertina player Matt Quinn. “We chose the songs on this album as they give us an insight into the stories and characters of a bygone era.”

Captured in one room as a live performance by keen-eared producer Tom Wright, Bold Champions has the authentically raw, classic sound of many seminal folk recordings. “We are really proud of our first album Wing of Evening but when playing gigs people would tell us how they wished the album sounded more like we do when we perform live”, says vocalist Rosie Hood. “This brought us to the decision to record the album all together in one room” adds guitarist Jamie Roberts. “It really captures the live energy of the early classic folk recordings that have inspired us.”

Performing England's traditional songs with a new energy, The Dovetail Trio have been exploring folk narratives with musical skill and a passion for their heritage since forming in 2014. Effortlessly combining the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of Jamie Roberts (guitar & vocals), Rosie Hood (vocals), and Matt Quinn (duet concertina and vocals). Since releasing their debut album Wing of Evening in 2015, The Dovetail Trio have toured folk clubs across the UK and Canada and played at leading festivals around the country including Cambridge Folk Festival and Sidmouth Folk Week, as well as performing live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be locally-based four-piece ROAD NOT TAKEN. Made up of singer Anita Dobson, guitarist and founder of Downend Folk Club Ant Miles, fiddler Claire Hamlen and multi-instrumentalist Joe Hamlen, Road Not Taken are starting to make waves on the UK folk scene with their their unique brand of melancholy music, described by one reviewer as “songs that sound as though they have been draped in cobwebs... and that is a very fine thing indeed.”

2019 promises to be a big year for the band, with appearances lined up at Bristol Folk Festival, Wimborne Minster Folk Festival, Beardy Folk Festival, Keynsham Music Festival, Priston Festival and London Folk Festival, and a full UK tour in September to mark the release of their first full-length album. 

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 17th May 2019, are available from MELANIE'S KITCHEN or online from HERE. They are priced at £12 each in advance (£10 for members), or £14 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.

Most of our events sell out, so please do buy your tickets in advance.