December’s event will be a special one, as we welcome our patron JIM MORAY as the headline guest.
Bristol-based Jim is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in English traditional music today. Winner of five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, after five ground-breaking albums he now finds himself at that he forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians.
Last year, Jim celebrated both 10 years since his landmark debut album Sweet England and the success of his 2012 career best Skulk. Now he brings material from his forthcoming album of traditional ballads out on the road for an evening of storytelling music at its best.
Jim has been busy with his new folk-rock band False Lights, so his appearance at Downend Folk Club is a rare opportunity to see Jim solo, at his stripped-back best.
Downend Folk Club’s Chairman, Ant Miles, said: “Jim is amongst the top folk musicians on the scene at the moment, so we’re thrilled to welcome him for our December event. He is based in Bristol, and of course he is our patron, so all things considered it should be a great evening. Anyone that has heard and seen Jim live will pay testament to how very, very good he is. I know Jim is very much looking forward to the gig… and I am too!
Opening the evening will be KATHERINE PRIDDY.
Katherine describes herself as a dream weaver, a hypnotic storyteller and fragile performer who encapsulates the rich and often solemn side of artists gone by such as Nick Drake and John Martyn, delivering each word with a genuine warmth and charm.
Tickets for the event, which will be held on Friday 19th December at Christ Church Downend, are on sale now from Baguette Me Not or online here. They are priced at jusr £10 in advance, and there are only a few left, so do get tickets as soon as you can. Doors open at 7.30pm and there will be a bar serving Great Western Brewing Co. real ales, Severn Cider and a range of wine, soft drinks and teas and coffees, as well as raffle during the interval.
Photographs from our November events are now available to view online.
The full gallery of images from the JESS VINCENT TRIO gig, with support from BLACK SHEEP HARMONY, were taken by Julian Cox, while pictures of ANGE HARDY representing us at the "Christmas in Downend" event were taken by Alan Cole and Chris Dobson.
You can view all of the photographs by clicking on the "Photos" tab on this website or by clicking here. Please note that this will take you to an external website, run by committee-member and photographer supreme Alan Cole.
The countdown to Christmas officially begins with "Christmas in Downend" on Friday... and what better way to usher in the festive season than by listening to one of our favourite singers in an exclusive live performance?
ANGE HARDY, who performed a brilliant gig at Downend Folk Club in June, will be representing us at the annual event, which takes place right in the centre of Downend. Somerset-based Ange will be closing the show, stepping on stage at around 7.15pm for a 40-minute set.
All the fun gets underway at 4pm, and there will be a Santa's grotto, performances from locals schools and the highly-rated Cleeve Singers, and the switch-on of Downend's Christmas Lights, for which we are promised a yet-to-be-revealed top celebrity!
Ange will also be selling her CDs if you're short of a high-quality stocking filler, while we'll have fliers to hand out and free pin-badges and car-stickers for those that want them. You'll also be able to buy tickets for December's Jim Moray concert.
So there really is something for all the family! Come along and join in the fun!
For all the information, please visit www.downendbromleyheath.org.
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