We are thrilled to reveal our brilliant programme for Autumn/Winter 2019. We honestly believe that this might just be our best lineup yet as we continue with our promise to bring the very best folk, roots and acoustic music to South Gloucestershire.
And we've also got exciting news about where you can get tickets, which will even save you a bit of money! Read on...
Kicking off the official programme will be MIDNIGHT SKYRACER on Friday 20th September as we make a welcome return to DOWNEND SCHOOL. An IBMA Momentum Award nominated bluegrass band, Midnight Skyracer have been tearing up the UK bluegrass and folk scene since their inception just over two years ago. Their all star lineup and exciting live performances have sent them racing skywards at an astounding pace right from the start, with Leanne Thorose’s powerhouse vocals and driving mandolin; Tabitha Agnew’s sweet voice and virtuosic banjo playing; Eleanor Wilkie’s rock solid bass grooves; Laura Carrivick’s flair, being equally adept on both fiddle and dobro; and twin sister Charlotte’s agility on the guitar, with both sisters filling in the vocal harmonies. The evening's entertainment will kick-off with a set from highly-rated folk/country singer-songwriter CHARLIE LIMM.
Back at our FRENCHAY VILLAGE HALL HQ, our October event, on Friday 18th, will feature GEORGIA LEWIS, whose exciting rise to prominence was recognised with a nomination for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards last year. In 2015 Georgia released her self-titled 5-track EP, and since then she has performed at festivals and folk clubs and received air-play on national and internet radio stations. In 2017 Georgia released her debut album The Bird Who Sings Freedom, recorded in her parent's kitchen, featuring five musicians Georgia plays whistles, accordion, piano, guitar, sings and has been seen tapping out various traditional dancing styles. She will be joined on stage at Downend by a full six-piece band (it'll be a squeeze, but we'll manage thanks to the new stage!), and support on the night will come from another rising star, ROSIE HODGSON.
Friday 15th November will see a performance from TALISK at DOWNEND SCHOOL. In their five years, the Scottish firebrands have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation & 2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Mohsen Amini – the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to Australia, and throughout the UK. The release of their hotly anticipated second album, Beyond (in October 2018) was met with a five-star ‘Top of the World’ review in Songlines, praising the band as “incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky.” CALUM GILLIGAN will open the evening with his infectious mix of traditional and self-penned songs.
Last year's Christmas concert will live long in the memory, and our 2019 festive event will be no different as we welcome folk superstar JACKIE OATES to CHRIST CHURCH DOWNEND on Friday 20th December. Jackie first performed at the club with Mike Cosgrave as long ago as July 2015, so when we heard that she was doing a Christmas Tour with a full band lineup, our minds were made up instantly! Jackie's is a name synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk music, beguiling audiences with a delicate balance of tradition and reinvention. Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style has won her several BBC Folk Awards during a 10-year recording career that began as a member of the nascent Unthanks and has continued with six acclaimed solo albums. To quote the illustrious Mojo magazine, Jackie Oates enthrals. She will get everyone in the Christmas spirit by performing a selection of Christmas and winter carols and songs as well as songs from her new album The Joy of Living. Opening the evening with some equally festive songs will be the acoustic bass-wielding THOM ASHWORTH.
Each concert starts at 8.00pm, with the doors at each venue opening 7.30pm. Tickets are on-sale now HERE. We're offering the Season Ticket option again, which means you can buy tickets for all four gigs in one go and avoid those pesky booking fees. You can also get tickets from MELANIE'S KITCHEN in Downend.
If you login to buy tickets for the Autumn/Winter 2019 Programme, you'll notice a few changes. That's because we've agreed a link-up with Bristol-based ticketing and promotions company HEADFIRST BRISTOL, which we're very pleased to announce.
The main difference you'll notice straight away is that booking fees are significantly lower than the old system with WeGotTickets... generally 65p rather than £1.00... quite a saving over time. But we're also pleased about this because Headfirst is a local company, started by one man in his spare room, which very much fits with our ethos of supporting local businesses.
You may find that you need to create an account, and we hope that this won't put you off... it's been done for all the right reasons and we hope that you'll back our decision to move our ticketing to this great initiative. Of course, you can still avoid ALL booking fees by buying a season ticket online, or by heading to MELANIE'S KITCHEN in Downend... but if you're an online buyer, we're certain that this will suit you down to the ground!