We are thrilled to reveal our fantastic line-up for Summer 2020. We say this every time… but it just doesn’t get much better than this! Have a good read through the information below, and please do continue to support us and buy your tickets well in advance... it makes such a difference!

Kicking off the programme on Friday 22nd May, will be a very special evening in the company of SAM CARTER, who will be accompanied in the beautiful surroundings of CHRIST CHURCH DOWNEND by a the Home Waters String Quartet. Sam is on tour armed with a first new album in four years, and the string quartet show is one of only two in the whole of the UK… we really are very lucky to have this one! The evening's entertainment will get underway with a set from the highly-rated young folk singer LIZZY HARDINGHAM. Please note that this is actually the fourth Friday of the month… we’ve moved it back by a week to make space for Bristol Folk Festival.

Our June event, on Friday 19th, will be headlined by HANNAH JAMES & TOBY KUHN. Well-known to Downend Folk Club regulars as one third of Lady Maisery, Hannah met Toby in Summer 2018 at Floating Castle festival in Slovenia. After seeing Hannah perform one of her solo pieces Toby suggested she should keep him in mind if she ever needed a cellist. After a short jam in the Slovenian sunshine it was clear that these two musicians shared a common approach to music making and a real artistic chemistry. Toby Joined Hannah at a solo gig a few days later and a new duo was born! Opening the evening’s entertainment at FRENCHAY VILLAGE HALL will be popular local duo COOPER & TOLLER.

Friday 17th July sees our Summer Programme rounded off by a long-awaited return for UK roots star LUKE JACKSON. An accomplished performer who impresses from the outset and takes his audience on a shared journey with a full bus down the bye-ways of love, hope, sorrow, and melancholy via the service stations of folk, roots, blues, Americana and soul. Getting the evening underway will be PEARL FISH… you might not have heard of her yet, but you’re gonna love her! We're at our FRENCHAY VILLAGE HALL HQ for this one, too.

Each concert starts at 8.00pm, with doors and the bar opening at 7.30pm. Tickets are on-sale now HERE. We're offering the Season Ticket option again, which means you can buy tickets for all three gigs in one go and avoid those pesky booking fees. You can also get tickets from MELANIE'S KITCHEN in Downend.

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