It's astonishing to think that we're now looking forward to the FOURTEENTH episode (is that that right word?) of our series of online events during lockdown! This Friday (3rd July), we're joined for an hour or so by someone who was even quicker of the mark than us in offering lockdown entertainment... Downend Folk Club favourite CIARAN ALGAR.
Every Friday, at 8.00pm on our FACEBOOK page, we're be joined by a different guest for an hour or so. The focus of these events is very much on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You'll are invited to ask questions in the comments, so it is very interactive... the more people watch and engage, the better it will be for everyone. The events are free, although there is a PayPal donations box, with 100 per cent of the donations going direct to the guest. You can find that at the bottom of the page. We'll be keeping these weekly events going until Friday 17th July, when we'll finish for the Summer with something slightly different! We'll let you know Autumn plans once the situation is a little clearer.
Ciaran Algar is a two-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning multi-instrumentalist from Stoke-on-Trent. With roots in the Irish tradition, he has expanded his playing style to include influences from all corners of the UK and beyond, and is best known for his work with Greg Russell and Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys. He has performed twice at Downend Folk Club over the years with Greg, in August 2014 and again July 2017, the second time memorably on borrowed instruments after theirs were stolen... they got them back! During lockdown, Ciaran has produced more than 50 collaboration videos, as well as an online festival. He's been busy!