Well, as if one former BELLOWHEAD member wasn't enough for the latest in our series of online sessions, we're proud to bring you a second. This Friday (11th December), we thrilled to announce the we'll be spending an online hour or so with fiddle-player SAM SWEENEY
 
Nominated four times, and winner in 2015, of Musician Of The Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam is a veteran of the mighty 11-piece, former and inaugural artistic director of the NATIONAL YOUTH FOLK ENSEMBLE, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio LEVERET, and "one of the defining English fiddle players of his generation" (Mark Radcliffe) at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music.
 
 
Sam has made two critically acclaimed solo albums (The Unfinished Violin and Unearth Repeat) and has also recorded and performed with THE FULL ENGLISH, ELIZA CARTHY, JON BODEN & THE REMNANT KINGS, FAY HIELD, EMILY PORTMAN, MARTIN CARTHY, as well as his own critically acclaimed show Made In The Great War.
 
The focus of these "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 going direct to the guest. You can donate at paypal.me/downendfolkclub, or simply point your smartphone or tablet camera at the QR code below and follow the instructions on screen.

We'll continue to do these online sessions until Christmas, as concerts aren't possible, and we'll asses the situation in the New Year.
 
 

The next guest in our series of online events for this Autumn will be the rising talent that is ELLIE GOWERS, who will join us for an hour or so of chat with a few songs thrown in this coming Friday (4th December).

Warwickshire-based songwriter 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 her latest single Against the Tide which earned her a TedX talk. Both of these were welcomed with a good reception from listeners. These songs have been toured widely, both in headline shows and support slots for critically acclaimed artists, up and down the UK.

The focus of these "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 going direct to the guest. You can donate at PayPal.me/downendfolkclub. We'll continue to do these until Christmas, as concerts aren't possible, and we'll asses the situation in the New Year.

 

We are beyond excited (and still in a state of shock, to be honest!) to announce that the next guest in our second series of "an hour or so with..." sessions for this Autumn lockdown will be none other than JON BODEN, who has become the "stand out performer of his generation" (The Guardian) of traditional English folk artists, but one whose repertoire extends far beyond the boundaries of the genre.

Jon is perhaps best known is the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut BELLOWHEAD, who sold 250,000 albums, had seven singles playlisted on BBC Radio 2 and sold out hundreds venues including The Royal Albert Hall; whilst also gaining notoriety for his performance in the Hollywood movie About Time (his YouTube audio of the track has over nine million views!) and as one half of SPIERS & BODEN. Since Bellowhead split up in 2016 Jon has continued his development as one of the foremost names in English folk music.

Jon's recorded solo career goes back to 2006 with the release of his album Painted Lady (re-released with new bonus tracks in October 2016 to mark the album’s tenth anniversary), followed by the critically lauded Songs From The Floodplain, which led to him being named Folk Singer of The Year at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. He has toured several times since then with his own band The Remnant Kings, and as a solo performer.

Widely respected as an interpreter of traditional song, the solo shows also showcased Jon’s instrumental talents on fiddle, guitar and concertina, as well as his trademark stomp-box, which he and John Spiers introduced into to the world of traditional music in 2001. Through his solo work and his work with Bellowhead and Spiers & Boden, Jon has won eleven BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – more than and promises to take the audience deeper into the song worlds of traditional music and of his own song writing.

Jon’s new album with The Remnant Kings, The Rose In June, was released in November 2019 on Hudson Records, with the final album in his post-apocalyptic trilogy due for release in February next year.

The focus of these "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 going direct to the guest. You can donate at PayPal.me/downendfolkclub.