We welcome back a firm Downend Folk Club favourite for next Friday's (5th February) online "an hour or so with..." session.

West Country-based singer-songwriter GAVIN OSBORN first appeared on our stage back in November 2017, and his support set that night went down so well that our regulars demanded more! Gavin returned for a headline show of his own in January 2019, and we're thrilled to welcome him back for a third visit, albeit virtually, as we spend an hour or so chatting, with a handful of Gavin's brilliantly-crafted songs thrown in for good measure.


Known for his storytelling shows with comedian Daniel Kitson (Stories For The Starlit Sky) and now with five studio albums under his belt, Gavin is a regular on the festival scene (Latitude, Green Man, Indietracks), and is familiar to listeners of BBC Radio 4 (Alun Cochrane's Fun House).

Gavin's shows feature life-affirming, funny, personal and political songs, including some from his most recent album, Echo Bridge, which the Observer called "one of 2017’s most relatable releases”. Gavin was also featured as The Guardian's One To Watch, following the release of the album, praised as "a comfort blanket for post-Brexit alienation”. These are songs aimed directly at the heart, delivered with Gavin’s trademark intelligence, honesty and wit. Mixing the personal with the political, any night spent in Gavin's company is full of lyrical loveliness, truth and passion.

The focus of our "an hour or so with..." events is very much on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You 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 (after PayPal charges) going direct to the guest. You can donate at www.paypal.me/downendfolkclub. There's also a link and a QR code at the bottom of this page.

We’ll keep these sessions going for as long as we’re locked inside, and certainly until February half-term at least. Watch this space, and do sign up for our mailing list HERE to make sure that you don’t miss anything!

We are thrilled to reveal the next guest at Downend Folk Club Online as we welcome NANCY KERR for an hour or so next Friday (29th January).

Already a respected interpreter of traditional material, Nancy’s emergence as a writer of rare style has drawn comparisons to William Blake in her reawakening of a radical folk mythology as a backdrop for contemporary narratives about love and conflict, motherhood, migration, hardship and jubilation, and the tensions between rural and urban life.

During lockdown Nancy has recorded two month-long series of songs and tunes. In May 2020 she celebrated the work of Leon Rosselson with A SONG A DAY, and throughout December she celebrated her Northumbrian roots: “KITE TAILS: A MONTH OF NORTHUMBRIAN

Nancy is one of the most celebrated folk musicians of her generation, and has to date won 6 Folk Awards from BBC Radio 2.

The focus of our "an hour or so with..." events is very much on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You 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 (after PayPal charges) going direct to the guest. You can donate at www.paypal.me/downendfolkclub. There's also a link and a QR code at the bottom of this page.

We’ll keep these sessions going for as long as we’re locked inside, and certainly until February half-term at least. Watch this space, and do sign up for our mailing list HERE to make sure that you don’t miss anything!

We are thrilled to reveal that the latest person to join us for an hour or so on a Friday evening will be BLAIR DUNLOP, who will be with us at 8.00pm on Friday 22nd January, live via our FACEBOOK page.

The award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist has now released four albums and two EPs and toured widely around the globe. All of this in a short career is astounding alone but what sets Blair apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes. 2018 Blair saw the release of his fourth album Notes From An Island on his own label, Gilded Wings, to rave reviews.

Prior to this Blair released his his third album Gilded in May 2016 and was widely acclaimed gaining BBC Radio 2 Playlist status for the two single releases (The Egoist and 356). This followed the acclaimed album House Of Jacks in mid-2014 which, in turn, lived up to the promise of his 2012 debut Blight and Blossom, the quality of which contributed to his winning the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award. 

Blair has now cemented his place as one of Britain’s most exciting talents to emerge in recent years. The Guardian stated that House Of Jacks proves Blair is "an increasingly adventurous songwriter"; Uncut reviewed it as "thoughtful and exploratory"; The Independent on Sunday described it as "fluent and accomplished"; while Q Magazine wrote that House of Jacks is "an exciting glimpse of where traditional folk might go".

The focus of our "an hour or so with..." events is very much on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You 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 (after PayPal charges) going direct to the guest. You can donate at www.paypal.me/downendfolkclub. There's also a link and a QR code at the bottom of this page.

We’ll keep these sessions going for as long as we’re locked inside, and certainly until February half-term at least. Watch this space, and do sign up for our mailing list HERE to make sure that you don’t miss anything!