UPDATE: Physical tickets now SOLD OUT, unlimited stream tickets available!

We have some very, very exciting news!

We’re able to get a small, socially-distanced audience in to see NICK HART in concert on Friday 11th September 2020 at Frenchay Village Hall (please note that this is the Friday BEFORE the scheduled streamed concert). Tickets are on-sale NOW and are strictly limited... we can only get 20 or so people in while maintaining safe social distancing. They will be sold on a strictly first-come-first-served basis, and we expect them to sell out within a day or two, so don't hang about!

Important things you need to know:
* The event takes place on Friday 11th September (the week before the streamed concert
* The gig will be unamplified in the room (as we will be recording for the streamed concert) so you’ll need your listening ears!
* There will be a camera operator filming the concert, which may occasionally obstruct your view (which is otherwise much better than normal!).
* There won’t be a bar; you will need to bring your own refreshments and the means to consume them.
* You’ll need to bring your own hand-sanitiser and a face-mask (you won’t need to wear this during the performance but you will if you need to move around the building).
* It is a full 2 x 45 minute performance, with an interval, and you will need to stay in your seat during the performance.
* By purchasing tickets, you agree that your image can be used in the film.
* There will be NO refunds unless the event is made impossible by any restrictions put in place.
* You will also receive a link to the stream for the following Friday, which you’ll be able to watch as many times as you want in the month following the event.
 
Tickets (priced at £15 minimum per person) are on sale HERE for the live event. It takes place at Frenchay Village Hall, with doors opening at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start. It is important that you arrive on time.
 
We realise this won’t be for everyone, but we hope you’ll appreciate the opportunity to come and be part of something special! You can also still buy tickets for the streamed concert on Friday 18th September 2020 if you're not ready to venture out just yet. Stream tickets are £10 minimum (with a suggested price of £10 per person watching). You can get stream tickets HERE.

Do get on board and support the club as we make a little bit of history!
 

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.
 

You asked, and we listened!

We've been bowled over by the response to our lockdown "hour or so" sessions. Lots of you have said how much you've missed them since we stopped in mid-July, so we've decided to do one last one, this Friday (21st August) at 8.00pm.

We've filmed a few songs and tunes at most of our concerts since we started in 2014, and on Friday, Ant will be presenting another selection of the most memorable performances that we've witnessed at the club. We're not going to tell you which ones yet (you'll have to tune in to find out!), but if there's an artist or particular song or tune that you'd like to see featured, please drop us a message on social media or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that we will not be able to include any requested on the night, so you must do this in advance, and we may not be able to include everything requested. We'd still love you to join in via the comments on Friday... if you're a regular at the club, you can share your memories; if you discovered us during lockdown, we'd love to hear what you think of the performances or, indeed, of our club.

Like all the other online events we've brought you so far, this event will be free to attend. There will be a tip jar (link below) as before, and we'll tell you on the night where the proceeds will be going..

We'll be going live on our FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE channels at 8.00pm on Friday, so please do join us.

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”.

Obviously, this means that the scheduled concert featuring INDIA ELECTRIC CO. will not be going ahead at this stage, but we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been able to reschedule their appearance for Friday 18th June 2021. All existing tickets will be valid for the new date, so we hope you’ll be able to hold onto them until then. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need to discuss this further.

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.

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