As our lockdown series of “an hour or so...” sessions draws to a close, we’re pleased to be able to announce our plans moving forward.
With physical concerts still not able to happen, we’ll be streaming concerts from our Frenchay Village Hall headquarters on the third Friday of every month, starting in September, until such a time as we’re able to get back to concerts properly.
And we’re very pleased to announce that our first concert will feature NICK HART, who was due to perform at the club this Autumn after an extremely well-received support set early last year. Nick has been making quite a name for himself in the intervening time, so we’re very pleased to welcome him as our first headliner in our series of online concerts. The concert will be streamed on YouTube on Friday 18th September 2020.
These concerts will be different to most of the live streams you’ll have seen during lockdown. We’re aiming to recreate as much of the real gig energy as we can; it will look and sound like Downend Folk Club. We’ll be setting up the stage and the lights, and we’re bringing in a team of professional film-makers to make sure it looks and sounds as good as it possibly can. We’ll be using multiple camera angles and top quality sound equipment to ensure a really great experience. This is not “live from the lounge”! As such, streams will cost a minimum of £10 each, and we’d also like to encourage you to pay extra if there is more than one face looking at it… consider what you would normally pay for a concert like this. Our suggestion is £10 per person but it is entirely up to you. Clearly, we’re taking a risk and we really, really need you to support us if you can. Tickets are on-sale now HERE, and we’d really appreciate it if you bought in advance. The link to the YouTube stream will be emailed to all ticket holders on the morning of the concert, and you’ll be able to watch it as many times as you like in the month following the event, so even if you can’t make the actual evening, you can still “come along”, virtually.
We’ll be announcing each concert a month at a time, so if we still can’t have concerts in October, we’ll announce our online guest at the September event.
If it is possible to have a small audience actually at the gig in September, then we’ll certainly do that; we’ll announce details if/when it becomes possible. If you’ve already bought a ticket for the stream, you’ll be given the opportunity to “upgrade”.
ABOUT NICK HART
NICK HART is a folk singer deeply rooted in the English tradition. Raised in a family of morris dancers, Nick played instrumental music for many years before discovering his passion for traditional song. Whilst studying for an ethnomusicology degree, he began to explore the large body of recordings of traditional singers from the second half of the 20th century, and this led to several years of fevered study and many nights spent at folk clubs and festivals, honing his skills as an unaccompanied singer.
Nick's initially hardline attitude to the accompaniment of folk songs has softened over the years, but his love of the nuances of traditional singing informs his minimal guitar accompaniment, and his songs are delivered with a great emphasis on storytelling. His repertoire of songs, drawn largely from his native East Anglia, reflect his understanding of both the depth and breadth of material within the English tradition and he is fast acquiring a reputation as an engaging and entertaining performer.
2017 saw the release of his first solo album, Nick Hart Sings Eight English Folk Songs. Recorded by long-time collaborator Tom Moore, the album has been well received, being described as "one of the most rewarding and accomplished albums we've heard this year" (fRoots), "a cult classic in waiting" (Grizzly Folk), "absolutely excellent" (Folk Radio UK), and "the real deal" (Mike Harding).
Nick’s second album, entitled Nick Hart Sings Nine English Folk Songs, was released last year to further critical acclaim.