Unpretentious, absorbing and far from the madding crowd, India Electric Company’s carefully blended sound vortexes around a supple joining of voice and instruments.
Concocted in the Devonshire countryside and Parisian cafes, Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe produce intricately woven textures which belies the fact that there are only two of them.
"So fresh! A big sound for a duo." - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 MUSIC
Like wandering minstrels roving along the fringes of the 21st century, they have spent much of the last 18 months touring Plymouth to Paris, Sidmouth to Skye and every independent coffee shop that lies between.
From playing jazz on West Holts Stage at Glastonbury Festival to performing Mendellsohn’s Violin Concerto for Terry Pratchett, Joseph’s virtuosity on violin, accordion, guitar and piano (to name but few) has made him one of the most sought after multi-instrumentalists in the UK. A Cambridge Masters in Mathematics has proven to be invaluable when calculating the escalating petrol costs of carrying an accordion up and down the M6.
Cole, described by Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) as “an impassioned and ambitious singer-songwriter,” has been performing around England with his Faith guitar in hand for several years. He has an uncanny ability to tell the same three ‘jokes’ on stage regardless of surroundings - be it supporting Midge Ure in sellout shows in Scotland or playing to fve people in a yurt at Sidmouth Folk Festival.
In 2012, Joseph and Cole released their frst album, On Hire, under their own names and it has received airplay from the likes of BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music, and ABC Radio (Australia).
"One of the best albums from young songwriters this year." - Steve Knightley (Show of Hands).
Spending a year in Paris learning as many intricities of Gypsy Jazz as they could, they returned to their native Devon to form India Electric Company. Their first album is set for release in Summer 2014, coinciding with extensive touring and numerous attempts at brewing the perfect Aeropress coffee.
India Electric Company will be our headline guests our next Club Night on Friday 19th September. Tickets for the gig, which will be held at Frenchay Village Hall, are priced at £10 in advance or £12 on the door. You can get them from the website here or from Baguette Me Not in Downend.
Supporting India Electric Company will be Road Not Taken.
Road Not Taken are a brand-new trio from... well, Downend! That's right, it doesn't get any more local than these guys, and you may even recognise some of the faces!
Formed earlier this year, Road Not Taken is made up of singer Anita Dobson, along with Downend Folk Club committee members Ant Miles (guitar, vocals) and Joe Brydon (bouzouki, banjo, guitar).
They play mostly traditional songs but in their own laid-back, melancholy style. September will be their first public outing, so please be nice!
A selection of great images, taken by our very own Alan Cole, are now available to view by clicking here. You can also purchase copies of any that you'd like. Please note that this link, along with the Photos tab on the menu, takes you to an external website, Alan's www.musicfestivalphotos.co.uk site, where our photos are hosted. Enjoy the pics!
Here's the link to the album: http://www.musicfestivalphotos.co.uk/gregrussellandciaranalgar15-08-2014
Not only are we bringing you great headline acts between now and the end of the year, but you also get two for the price of one with fabulous support acts for each gig too!
We're offering you a mixture of up-and-coming acts from the world of folk music and some local acts with a folky feel.
Geoff Pugh (top left). Road Not Taken (top right), Black Sheep Harmony (centre), Mike Weaver (bottom left) and Katherine Priddy (bottom right).
For our big December gig at Christ Church, the wonderful Katherine Priddy will be opening for Jim Moray.
Already announced for August's Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar gig is local singer-songwriter Geoff Pugh, while September will see newly-formed Downend-based trio Road Not Taken opening for India Electric Co. The programme is completed with the highly-respected Mike Weaver opening for The Jennifer Crook Trio in October, and local singing group Black Sheep Harmony supporting Jess Vincent in November.
Tickets for all of the gigs are on-sale now, and you can find out a little more about each of our support acts below.
With a maturity that belies her tender age, Katherine Priddy is a dream weaver, a hypnotic storyteller and fragile performer that encapsulates the rich and often solemn side of artists gone by such Nick Drake & John Martyn whilst delivering each word with a genuine warmth and charm.
Geoff is a singer-songwriter who has been around the acoustic music scene in Bristol for five years, playing in pubs and live music venues such as Mr Wolfs. He writes about things he encounters or experiences, good and bad (tragedy plus time equals comedy), and is very much a storyteller. His influences include Steve Knightley, Harry Chapin and Bruce Springsteen, and he draws on the folk, country and blues traditions.
Road Not Taken
Road Not Taken came together earlier this year when Ant Miles (yes, him!), Joe Brydon (yes, him!) and their singer friend Anita Dobson met up to play some songs. Their gentle, melancholy style evolved naturally. Downend Folk Club will be their first public appearance, so be kind please!
Mike is a singer-songwriter from deepest Worcestershire. He is highly-regarded in the world of folk music, not only for his Armandaleg Music website but also for his thought-provoking songwriting and natural delivery.
Black Sheep Harmony
This Cadbury Heath-based chorus was formed in April 2012 by a group of people who wanted to sing unaccompanied close harmony in a happy, relaxed environment where music is king. Their watchword is continual improvement so that their singing stands us out from the crowd (or flock)!
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