Our online series of chat and song continues this Friday (1st May) as we are joined for an hour or so by Downend Folk Club favourite LUCY WARD. Lucy has performed at the club twice over the course of our six year history, first solo at Frenchay Village Hall in March 2015, before a return, backed by a full band at Downend School, in October 2018... and both times, has proved an absolute hit with the DFC faithful.

Each week, at 8.00pm on our FACEBOOK page, we'll be joined by a different guest for an hour or so. The focus of these events is very much on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You'll are invited to ask questions in the comments, so it will be 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 find that at the bottom of the page.

Named ‘Brit-Folks most vibrant and forthright new young talent’ by MOJO, ‘Impressive and original’ by The Guardian and ‘Inspiring’ by Billy Bragg, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Lucy is a critically acclaimed singer songwriter and folk musician. Her songs are a sweet mixture of evocative imagery and quiet, involving beauty; passion, protest and tradition all rolled into one. Her voice is breath-taking, this captivating and powerful performer and has a unique ability to inhabit the very heart of every song.

We'll be announcing next week's guest at the end of each episode, so do stay tuned until the very end, and get your questions ready in the meantime. You can submit questions in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd rather. And make sure that you've "liked" our Facebook page for reminders. See you at 8.00pm on Friday!

The latest guest in our "an hour or so with" series will see us joined by one of the hardest-working musicians on the folk, roots and acoustic scene, and great friend of the club, LUKAS DRINKWATER, this Friday (24th April) at 8.00pm.

Each week, at 8.00pm on our FACEBOOK page, we'll be joined by a different guest for an hour or so. The focus of these events is very much on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You'll are invited to ask questions in the comments, so it will be 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 find that at the bottom of the page.

Lukas is one of the most in-demand session musicians in the UK as principally a double-bass and electric-bass player, he has also featured on many highly acclaimed records as a singer, guitarist, mandolinist, cellist and drummer. Lukas has had his compositions played on radio stations around the world, including BBC Radio 2, as well as performing at some of the biggest festivals throughout Europe, featuring as a guest artist on stage withThe Levellerson European tour, playing in Seth Lakeman's band at Glastonbury Festival, guesting with Frank Turner at London's Roundhouse, touring Australia, the UK and Europe, and playing in the US with Emily Barker, as well as folk club, venue and festival appearances as a solo artist around Europe. Lukas is currently on tour with acclaimed acoustic duo JACOB & DRINKWATER and with UK Americana Artist of the Year EMILY BARKER. He has performed live on BBC Radio 2 multiple times, and on National radio and TV shows worldwide.

We'll be announcing next week's guest at the end of each episode, so do stay tuned until the very end, and get your questions ready in the meantime. You can submit questions in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd rather. And make sure that you've "liked" our Facebook page for reminders. See you at 8.00pm on Friday 24th April. 

This Friday (17th April), we'll be joined for "an hour or so" by former BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards finalists CUP O'JOE... all the way from Northern Ireland!

Each week, at 8.00pm on our FACEBOOK page, we'll be joined by a different guest for an hour or so. The focus of these events is very much on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You'll are invited to ask questions in the comments, so it will be 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 find that at the bottom of the page.

Cup O’Joe is a close family trio who have been playing together from their early teens. They were raised in the traditions of bluegrass and folk and it is these traditions that their music is rooted in. They blend the intricate tones of bluegrass, folk and jazz to tones to create their own progressive acoustic sound. Their mix of original and re-imagined traditional songs sets the ingredients for an energetic and enthusiastic performance, and this is giving them a growing presence on the surrounding acoustic music scene in Ireland, the UK and Mainland Europe. Strong sibling harmonies can be heard throughout their music, harmonies that blend together like only sibling harmonies can.

They released their new album, In The Parting, in January 2020, which contains nine new original songs and one traditional, whilst embodying a fresh original sound. For several tracks they are joined on mandolin by David Benedict (Mile Twelve), and on fiddle by Niall Murphy (Breaking Trad, Cara Dillon, Nathan Carter) as well as many more special guests.

We'll be announcing next week's guest at the end of each episode, so do stay tuned until the very end, and get your questions ready in the meantime. You can submit questions in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd rather. And make sure that you've "liked" our Facebook page for reminders. See you at 8.00pm on Friday 17th April.