Our main Autumn/Winter programme kicks off with a return to Downend School as we feature genuine bluegrass for the first time… and there’s no better way to do it than with a visit from the girl-powered giants of the scene, MIDNIGHT SKYRACER.
The IBMA Momentum Award-nominated band 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.
In just over a year of performing they have racked up an impressive number of major festival slots including Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, completed a tour of Germany and Switzerland as well as two UK tours. In February 2018 they released their critically acclaimed debut album, Fire. Most recently, the band became the first UK band to gain recognition in the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum awards with a nomination for best band as well as Tabitha receiving a nomination in the instrumentalist category. A new album, to follow up their smash-hit debut Fire, is due for release this Autumn.
Opening the evening’s entertainment will be CHARLIE LIMM, an actor, musician, composer and theatre-maker who has been performing since an early age. Her passion for the arts began in Somerset in a tiny village called Stoke St. Gregory where she was born and raised, as part of her local theatre group.
Charlie arranges acoustic folk songs with just voice and guitar, playing mostly her originals with some traditional material thrown in. In 2017, she supported the band Apples I'm Home on their UK tour and debut album launch, performing all over the country en route to the Edinburgh Fringe. She is forging a great reputation on the Bristol acoustic music scene
Tickets for the event, which takes place at DOWNEND SCHOOL on Friday 20th September 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 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. There will now be a small surcharge for disposable glasses.