NEXT AT DOWNEND FOLK CLUB: ELLIE GOWERS (TRIO) IN CONCERT

After relaunching our monthly concert series last month, after over a year without live, in-person music, we continue to bring some of the country’s rising folk, roots and acoustic stars to South Gloucestershire as we welcome ELLIE GOWERS, whose EP Parting Breath made quite an impact during the Spring lockdown.

Ellie will be joined on-stage by Alex Garden (violin) and Lukas Drinkwater (double-bass). As always, the event is on the third Friday of the month (this time Friday 18th June 2021) and it’s already well on the way to selling out, given the COVID-secure capacity of 60 at the church. There are only 12 left at the time of writing, available HERE.

Ellie has been making an impression wherever she lands. Her music embeds a fierce energy that echoes the 60’s folk revival scene and she is known to hold pride of place on stage with her strong and lucent vocals. Her songs are built from a childhood love of literature and traditional folk song, but also discuss the more modern narratives of the present day. These influences fuse together to create a sound that has been deemed unique and incomparable.

In the last two years, Ellie has released the EP From Here On Out and followed that with the single Against the Tide which earned her a TEDx talk. These songs have been toured widely, both in headline shows and support slots for critically acclaimed artists.

After the unpredictable circumstances that 2020 brought with it, Ellie found herself making good use of her time, beginning to work on projects she had only ever thought about. Collab- orations were done with friends new and old, songs were written, a festival was played, and she was also included in the line up of the Filkin’s Drift Ensemble, covering Arthur McBride.

Ellie enters 2021 with a brand new EP named Parting Breath, which was released in March to widespread critical acclaim and radio play across both regional and national stations, culminating in a first Radio 2 airing last month.

The concert will take place at CHRIST CHURCH DOWNEND on Friday 18th June 2021. Doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start. Please note that some of the things you're used to at Downend Folk Club will not be available at these concerts. There will be no bar, so you are invited to bring your own refreshments and take the debris away with you afterwards. There will also be no raffle. Finally, there won't be a support act at these events so they'll likely finish a little earlier than pre-pandemic. We will, of course, hope to re-instate these things if and when we're able to. You will need to bring a face-mask and your own hand-sanitiser. There are toilets but access is limited... so please try to go before you arrive!

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NEXT AT DOWNEND FOLK CLUB ONLINE: AN HOUR OR SO WITH ELLIE GOWERS

We'll also be sitting down for a cuppa and a bit of a natter with ELLIE GOWERS (and possibly Alex and Lukas too... watch this space!) when she visits us for the concert, as we continue with our hugely successful "an hour or so" online series in a slightly different way. It may or may not include chips.

Your questions are invited but they must be submitted in advance... you can do that via email, Facebook message, Twitter, however you like. We'll select the best ones and put them to Ellie, as well as finding out a bit more about her past and her plans for the future. We'll film a handful of the songs the trio perform during the concert and stitch them together.

We'll then stream the resulting chat and tunes on Sunday 20th June 2021, at 8.00pm on our FACEBOOK page and YOUTUBE channel. Do make sure that you've liked/followed/suscribed! We'll all be hanging out in the comments as we have for the last year, so we hope that, if you're one of our friends from further afield, or you're not ready to come back to in-venue gigs at the moment, you'll join us and continue to build the lovely online community that has formed around these events. But if you can't join us live, don't worry... it will be available to view for a week afterwards.

As always, these events are free to attend, but we will continue with an online tip-jar, which you can find via the link below. This will be treated as extra ticket money, so will directly benefit the artist. Please give generously if you can.

We'll continue these new monthly "an hour or so" sessions as long as people are watching and donating!