We are thrilled to reveal our brilliant programme for Spring 2020. We've got a couple of returning DFC favourites as they bring their new songs, as well as some new faces as we continue with our promise to bring the very best folk, roots and acoustic music to South Gloucestershire.
ODETTE MICHELL is a British folk singer-songwriter, guitarist and bouzouki player with a bold new take on the acoustic tradition and a voice capable of demonstrating the finer points of both folk and traditional song with genuine craftsmanship. In May 2019, Odette released her enchanting debut album The Wildest Rose. The album gained widespread positive acclaim and featured notable musical contributions from Phil Beer (one-half of multi-award-winning acoustic folk band Show of Hands) who plays fiddle on two of the tracks and sings backing vocals on one other track; and Toby Shaer (Cara Dillon, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys). Our very own ANT MILES will get the evening underway on Friday 17th January with a short solo set.
Our February event, on Friday 21st, sees a welcome return for contemporary folk/acoustic duo GILMORE & ROBERTS. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music. Their 2018 album A Problem Of Our Kind is the fifth studio album from the duo, who combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Supporting them will be MATT QUINN & OWEN WOODS.
Described as “a gentle, lulling delight” by The Guardian, Scottish trio SALT HOUSE are our headline guests on Friday 20th March, as part of their tour to launch their new album, Huam. Songs are central to Salt House. New songs that sound as if they’ve always been here. Ancient ballads woken up. Poems given the tunes they’ve long deserved. Songs about place, politics, landscape and birds. Kicking off the evening's music will be the impressive JON WILKS.
Rounding off the Spring programme, on Friday 17th April, will be the first act ever to sell out a DFC concert... and one that our regulars DEMAND that we have back every three years or so! Sometimes folk, sometimes not, INDIA ELECTRIC CO. use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and modern urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie’s nest” according to BBC Radio 3. They're back at Downend with a new album in hand, and will be supported by Bristol-based French singer-songwriter JANE.B.
Each concert will be held at Frenchay Village Hall and starts at 8.00pm (doors open at 7.30pm). Tickets are on-sale now, from MELANIE'S KITCHEN in Downend, or online 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.