Our Autumn/Winter programme continues apace back at our Frenchay Village Hall HQ this month with a visit from one of the most highly-rated young singers on the scene, and a rare chance to see her full band line-up.
GEORGIA LEWIS is folk singer and avid accordionist from the depths of Wiltshire. In 2015 she released her self-titled EP. Since then, she has performed at many folk clubs and festivals in the south of England, in solo, trio and band line-ups, and received air-play on various national radio stations including the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and the esteemed Mike Harding’s Folk Show. In 2015 Georgia won The Future of Young Folk Award at Bromyard Folk Festival and won the band competition at Ely Folk Festival in 2016.
Her debut album The Bird Who Sings Freedom saw Georgia hailed as the best voice to emerge from the English folk scene in recent years. Well-worn traditional songs sit alongside two originals, together with an AE Housman poem and, opening the album, a setting of the words of Maya Angelou. Throughout, Georgia seeks the timeless themes in old words. Stories of love and loss, conflict, betrayal. A nomination in the Horizon category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards followed in 2018.
Georgia will be joined on-stage at Downend Folk Club by her full band, featuring Rowan Piggott (fiddle), Finbar Magin (guitar), Andy North (keys) and Tom Sweeney (double-bass).
Opening the evening’s entertainment will be ROSIE HODGSON, a folk singer/songwriter from Midhurst, West Sussex. Having grown up surrounded by traditional music (and dancing with Knockhundred Shuttles!), her voice possesses a naturalness and maturity, bringing "a ruby-richness to lyrics new and old". (Folk Radio UK). After winning the newcomer competition at Ely Folk Festival in 2011, Rosie worked hard to carve out her niche on the UK folk circuit. She released her EP Somewhere North in 2012 and has since played numerous festivals and folk clubs across the land. In 2013 she was nominated as a finalist for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award before joining the up-and-coming London-Irish band CrossHarbour, who subsequently released their eponymous debut album.
Rosie is currently touring her debut album Rise Aurora with fiddle-singer Rowan Piggott.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 18th October 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 locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based GREAT WESTERN BREWING CO., along with cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks 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 50p surcharge for disposable glasses.